Evie Morris by a science wall. Photo provided by Evie Morris
Evie Morris by a science wall. Photo provided by Evie Morris

Evie is a postgraduate researcher – now at the University of Exeter (UK) – using genetic techniques to understand the impacts of land use change on insectivorous bat species. Currently her work is focussed on the expanding agriculture and urbanisation that has occurred in the deserts of southern Israel, but more broadly her interests lie anywhere where humans and nature impact one another.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

I have an axolotl named Sunny

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes, but I move house so often I can rarely find it all!

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Wedding planner? Truck driver? So many things…

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Outside of biology? Psychology

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Home, or failing that, Iceland

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

This changes daily, but today I think I’d like lightning fast reactions.

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

As I have been in the lab recently, I’ve reignited my podcast addiction, so any and all of “This Podcast Will Kill You”, “Cautionary Tales”, “Revisionist History”, and “Something Rhymes with Purple”

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Cancel the plans I’ve made.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Oxygen, food and shelter 😉

15 What beverage gives you life?

Tea

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

I always had my nose in one book or another, I think the sheer volume and disparity of what I read shaped me more than any particular tome.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A stage actress

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

I think primarily stubbornness (or to positive-spin that, resilience).

19 What got you excited in science?

My first love was chemistry and then genetics. I loved the neatness, the logic, and the rules.

20 What excites you about science now?

The possibility of making a positive contribution to the future.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Terrible TV

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Evading questions…

23 What is your favorite game?

I played the first board game I’ve enjoyed in years the other day, called Agricola

24 What is the last book you read?

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

The entirity of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Wear Sunscreen’

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Travelling with not enough money

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

She wouldn’t have listened anyway, so I guess “carry on old chap!”

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Dancing

29 What is the last thing you watched?

YouTube

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

A recently deceased juvenile squirrel

31 What is your favorite animal?

The Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos)

32 What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Someone else’s birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?

Ivy

36 What is your favorite science fact?

You can’t ‘prove’ anything with science, only disprove.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Sawdust, white spirit and engine oil

39 What is your favorite sound?

A constant thrum of crickets

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ability to make my friends laugh

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Cold

42 What is your proudest moment?

When I passed my motorcycle test

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A hawthorn

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

I currently don’t live anywhere, so maybe the flexibility? XD

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have tiny (I mean child sized) feet.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

@_KatieRoe_