Murry is an Associate Wildlife Biologist® and Ornithologist at North Carolina State University. Her current research is on the impacts of anthropogenic light at night on Barn Swallow health and development. She hopes to pursue a career in avian conservation research and public science.

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?

a 1-year-old pitbull mix named Loki who lives up to the name!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Neither

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

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

Write cinematic screen-plays

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

Herpetology

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

Alaska

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

Shapeshifting

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

Read: Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney
Watch: Avatar the Last Airbender – best show ever!

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

Go on a nature walk with my dog and my friends and practice my wildlife photography skills

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

Music, m&ms, and Marvel movies

15 What beverage gives you life?

I live on sweet tea.

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

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

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

A teacher, a veterinarian, a journalist, or an animator (I really didn’t know!)

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Wanting to make a positive impact in conservation and contribute to scientific research

19 What got you excited in science?

Nature documentaries and old Animal Planet tv shows

20 What excites you about science now?

Learning about the intricate mechanisms of animal biology and how our human impact affects them

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Dancing around my apartment

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can sketch, paint, and do some graphic design.

23 What is your favorite game?

Galaga

24 What is the last book you read?

Resurrection Science by M.R. O’Connor

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

Don’t worry about what others are doing; you do you.

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

get in a shark cage

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

Academics is never more important than self care.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

wrap up in a blanket with my dog and watch a movie

29 What is the last thing you watched?

13 Reasons Why season 4

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

A squirrel skull

31 What is your favorite animal?

Great Blue Heron, Alligator, or Jaguar – hard to pick just 1!

32 What is your favorite book?

The Underneath by Kathi Apple

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

anything chocolatey

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Thanksgiving

35 What is your favorite plant?

Lavender

36 What is your favorite science fact?

When ready to mate, female sloths climb into a tree and scream until a male finds her.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Cinnamon and/or Vanilla

39 What is your favorite sound?

The sound of my family laughing together

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I have extreme determination.

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

Cheating with a phrase instead of a word: “Thank you”

42 What is your proudest moment?

Becoming a TWS certified Associate Wildlife Biologist®

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A sugar maple

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

There is a lake and nature trails just a few steps away from my door. Easy wildlife viewing!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am a children’s book author. I write both fiction and science books.

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

Taylor Saucier @taylor_saucier