Alex Troutman is a Black Wildlife Biologist/birder/ naturalist/ science communicator/pizza lover born in Atlanta and raised in Austell, GA. Alex tries to live up to his motto ”a day outside, is never wasted” by spending as much time as he can outside. Early in his life had a goal to work with animals. So far he has crushed that goal. While Alex enjoys working with animals, he also loves working with kids. Alex has made it his mission to be the representation that he never had for Black boys and Black girls. Alex hopes that he can inspire all people to be unapologetically themselves. ”There’s no need to fit a mold you were not crafted from.”

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

Dog name Bella Rose – Husky/Shepherd mix

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Kinda I have a Salt Rock lamp

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Some Malay and Spanish. Enough phrases to get back to Hotel, order food and find a bathroom

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

Top 2: Child Life Specialist or Pilot

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

Social science or psychology

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

New Zealand!!
Ecuador (Galapagos let me know if you can make this happen!)

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

The power to heal!

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

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by Drew Lanham

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

Spend time with the pup and hit some hiking trails, and get some wildlife viewing in

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

Family, Faith, and chicken

15 What beverage gives you life?

Pineapple lemonade and Tokyo Tea!

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

I know why the Caged bird sings, and any animal books

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

A vet or a wildlife conservationist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My Mom and siblings, they always pushed and supported me.

19 What got you excited in science?

I always liked looking at specimens and dissecting things.

20 What excites you about science now?

When new species are discovered! And the fact that there’s still more I can learn.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Tacos!!!

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can do a toe touch!

23 What is your favorite game?

Marvel vs Capcom 2

24 What is the last book you read?

Facebook!!! Lol , really it was a stream ecology book

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

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

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

Cage diving off South Africa

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

Be unapologetically you! It’s ok to stand out.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Camping with s’mores

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Criminal minds

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

One time I flew home from Wisconsin with 10-15 lbs of cheese and a pineapple!

31 What is your favorite animal?

RED PANDA

32 What is your favorite book?

The Yearling

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Chicken wings and Mac-n-cheese (homemade baked)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

September 25, The day the best people were born

35 What is your favorite plant?

Cherokee sunset black eyes Susan

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Red-Tailed Hawks Screech are used in movie scenes when there is an eagle screeching while soaring

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

When all the breakfast smells in the morning combine!

39 What is your favorite sound?

Crackling of firewood

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My goofiness

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

Ayam(Malay) first word I learned when I was in Borneo

42 What is your proudest moment?

My whole life, proud of every mistake, setback, achievement! It makes me who I am!

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Southern Magnolia

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

Duh momma’s cooking and the wildlife diversity!!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I hate ESPN if there is not a live sporting event on.

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

The homie Alexi ‪@AlHendiify‬