Chelsea Connor is a herper from the Caribbean island of Dominica. She was inspired by nature shows she used to watch with her father as a kid and her island’s wide range of flora and fauna. Currently, Chelsea is studying the dietary overlap of the endemic and invasive species of anoles on her island, and drawing stickers of anoles with popsicles over at chelseaherps.redbubble.com

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?

I have a black cat named Roti, a corn snake named Cannoli, a Texas Brown tarantula named Brownie and a veiled chameleon named Fajita.

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Do terrariums with my pets count? Also a lot of animal science books, plushies and my own animal based artwork.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Baking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Antillean Creole! I’m not fluent though. Working on it!

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

Comic book artist

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

Ornithology

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

Back home

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

Teleportation

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

Two books! If you love Jane Austen like I do, read Pride by Ibi Zoboi, a black retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Nature related, Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, by Nick Davies.

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

Take my bike!

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

My phone, my cat (he’s my ESA!), tea

15 What beverage gives you life?

Passionfruit juice

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

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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

Everything! I wanted to be a vet, an archaeologist, a paleontologist, marine biologist… Lawyer

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Hope… Hope & spite. I can’t give up. My family is already so proud and I know I can do so much more & I’ve been told that I can’t so much that part of me is super driven by it now.

19 What got you excited in science?

I’ve always wanted to know how things work and I remember seeing a boa in our yard one day (B. c. nebulosa) because of superstitions someone had killed it and I had never been that close to one before. Opening its mouth and looking at its teeth! I thought all snakes had big fangs! Then I got to hold a live one and I need to know how those muscles worked and that was IT.

20 What excites you about science now?

Learning new things. I don’t know everything about anoles but you bet I’m gonna learn it all and I love sharing those things and seeing people get excited about it too. That feeling, that excitement, it’s contagious.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Regency romance novels

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can fold my tongue into a ‘W’.

23 What is your favorite game?

Probably Ark: Survival Evolved. I have so many dinos and prehistoric beasties and I love them all.

24 What is the last book you read?

When Strangers Marry by Lisa Kleypas

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

“You can do anything you want to”

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

SCUBA diving

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

“Don’t worry things work out, be kinder to yourself that’s so important.”

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

video games, or drawing!

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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

Matchbook

31 What is your favorite animal?

I can’t decide. Maybe an anole? Or just all anoles?

32 What is your favorite book?

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Roasted breadfruit with codfish, fried plantains, or roti (Caribbean food)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

October 31st, Halloween

35 What is your favorite plant?

West Indian cherry trees

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Most lizards have a ‘third eye’ of sorts. The parietal eye.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

oven fresh bread, or curry

39 What is your favorite sound?

rain on a tin roof

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

my smile

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

food

42 What is your proudest moment?

Seeing Dr. Losos find my research interesting. He’s THE anole guy right now.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Mango

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

I’m close to the laundry lol

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

There are other Lantern Corps besides green and they’re based on the rainbow and associated emotions.

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

@Afrosuchia