Rhiannon, also known as Rhi, is a graduate student at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She gained her BSc in Zoology at The University of Manchester, England. As a graduate student Rhiannon is working on using spatial methods to identify interactions between white-tail deer and hunters and employing statistical packages to analyse the subsequent movement of deer. Rhiannon grew up between the UK and Australia, living in rural NSW and Somerset growing up, meant that she was often the only Black individual in her various social and academic circles. Rhiannon’s love of animals and nature led her to pursue the career she is now following in large mammal ecology.

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?

My boyfriend has a Dachsund named Reggie, he is very sweet and he is 10 this year!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Does nature themed count? I have a wall hanging with Mt Cook in NZ.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

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?

Smallholder! I really want my own Alpacas.

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

Geography? I sort of am doing this now!

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

Oooh, Alaska? Costa Rica? BC? As you can see there are lots of places I want to go!

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

Flight!

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

Oooh Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer are on my list to read.
Shameless plug, go listen to Kip Moore he is one of my favourites.
To watch…I would urge everyone to go and find a documentary on the Indigenous people in your region, and go watch Roots with LeVar Burton, eyeopening.

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

Ride my bike, go and walk in the forest, listen to music, garden. Days off are just busy in a more grounded way for me.

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

Dogs, Avocados, Music

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee

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

I read The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans when I first started university. It’s such a profound story of love, loss and life. Definitely recommend.

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

A wildlife vet…close.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Wanting to protect the planet and all the species we share it with.

19 What got you excited in science?

Wolves, they were the catalyst for my decision to pursue wildlife ecology. I really felt that they were misunderstood and I identified strongly with that as a teenager.

20 What excites you about science now?

We still have so much to learn and so much potential for change!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

ABBA

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I sing, I hate to do it in public though.

23 What is your favorite game?

Cards against humanity.

24 What is the last book you read?

White-tail deer management and ecology haha

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

Say yes to opportunities, even if they don’t appear immediately relevant to what you imagined your career path to be. A lot of wildlife science is about being in the right place at the right time.

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

Drive across the outback.

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

Do everything with purpose, don’t get caught up in the little stuff, think big picture.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Craft beer and country music.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Dynasty?

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

Dead frogs…

31 What is your favorite animal?

Uhhh…Fisher!

32 What is your favorite book?

The Horse Whisperer

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

I love french fries and bbq sauce…

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Halloween

35 What is your favorite plant?

Hmm…I like Irises a lot. They were my grandma’s favourite.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Moose can be 6.5ft tall at the shoulder! The shoulder! Not sure if that’s a science fact.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

The smell after it rains

39 What is your favorite sound?

Bison vocalizations…

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My tattoos?

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

Reckon (example what d’ya reckon about that?)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Completing my internship in BC.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Red wood

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

It’s close to lots of cool places…like Algonquin, really wanna go there.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am a twin!

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

Justine Hudson @Justinehud