Lauren Pharr is a current Graduate Research Assistant at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Originally from a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lauren has always had a dream to work with animals, however, she never knew those animals would be wildlife. Lauren is an Ornithologist who researches the effects of urbanization on avian morphology. She is also a Science Communicator; she loves to write blogs and informative pieces on birds and other wildlife topics. She is currently working towards becoming an Associate Wildlife Biologist and an NABC Certified Bird Bander. Her dream is to one day obtain a research position with either the US Fish and Wildlife Service or the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Anti-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

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

I would pursue theater-I absolutely love any kind of Broadway musical.

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

Mammals

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

Costa Rica

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

To read minds Indefinitely

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

Watch-“Birds of North America with Jason Ward”
Read- My Personal Blog: “The Towhee’s Tea”
Listen To-“The Fancy Scientist Podcast: A Material Girl Living in a Sustainable World”

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

Watch Disney Plus

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

Birds, Music, and Hot and Spicy Foods

15 What beverage gives you life?

Dr. Pepper

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

“Animal Farm” was always a very interesting and peculiar book for anyone who read it.

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

A Veterinarian

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My Personal Goals. Just knowing that I have a goal for myself makes me want to reach it even more!

19 What got you excited in science?

Being out in nature (specifically around animals) and becoming curious about them.

20 What excites you about science now?

My Research. I am so excited and looking forward to what I am going to find!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

My body always shuts down around 10-11PM at night.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can wiggle my ears.

23 What is your favorite game?

Any kind of Card Game.

24 What is the last book you read?

“Why are all the Black Kids Sitting together in the Cafeteria? And other Conversations about Race.”

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

It is okay to make a change. Making a change is the risk you take in order to find yourself.

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

Skydive for sure.

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

“Keep an open mind always.”

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

For me, it is treating myself to a Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

13 Reasons Why

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

A Face Mask

31 What is your favorite animal?

Birds, specifically the Eastern Phoebe

32 What is your favorite book?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Tacos

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My Birthday – January 31st

35 What is your favorite plant?

Aleo Vera

36 What is your favorite science fact?

It takes 24 hours for a bird to lay one egg.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Lavendar

39 What is your favorite sound?

An Eastern Towhee’s song

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

That I am a huge Bird Nerd!

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

Ornithology

42 What is your proudest moment?

When I won my first Research Award in Pure and Applied Science.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Pine Tree

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

There are always fun things to do!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am a huge Lion King fan. The Lion King is my favorite movie of all time and I am an avid Lion King Collector.

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

Deja Perkins @naturallywild__