Karl is a Masters candidate at Howard University, currently studying Chinese water dragon behavior for his Thesis. He is also an intern at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where he conducts behavioral research on Cuban crocodiles. Karl is interested in herpetology, ecology, behavior, and conservation research.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have several Nat Geo maps and posters, as well as crocodylians fossils and art that I have made.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Currently learning Spanish

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

I couldn’t fathom switching

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

I would stay in Biology

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


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


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

Avatar: the last airbender

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

Go herping

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

Family, crocodylians, and something to draw with

15 What beverage gives you life?

Water and wine

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


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

I didn’t know the word when I was younger, but a herpetologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Working with crocodylians

19 What got you excited in science?

Big crocodiles

20 What excites you about science now?

Big crocodiles

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Playing video games and napping

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Not really a secret, but I’m a pretty good artist

23 What is your favorite game?

Favorite card game is Spades

24 What is the last book you read?

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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

Do something you’re passionate about and it’ll never feel like work

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

Cave dive

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

You belong in the field and to trust the animals.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Naps really help me

29 What is the last thing you watched?

How to Get Away With Murder

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

A snake, random animal bones, crocodile poop

31 What is your favorite animal?

Mugger crocodile

32 What is your favorite book?

Song of Solomon and Jurassic Park

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Chili and cornbread

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

June 23, my sister’s birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?

Bald cypress

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Crocodylians have the most advanced heart among vertebrates

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Rain and snake musk

39 What is your favorite sound?

Alligator bellows

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My passion

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

When I caught my first alligator

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Bald cypress, live oak, or southern magnolia

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

Lots of great wildlife, particularly reptiles and amphibians

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’m the oldest and shortest of my brothers. I’m 6’5” my brothers are both 7’2”

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

Ashley Pearcy @awholelotofcroc