Stephanie Renee is an undergraduate neuroscience major science communicator, social justice advocate and a host of the Charlatan Podcast semi-monthly, currently residing in Texas. Past research experience has been in alternative therapies for metastatic breast cancer as well as the effect of Wolbacia on mosquitoes in the Southwest.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

The best dog named Hemingway

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have 3 bookshelves dedicated specifically to pop-sci books, if that counts.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Spanish and rudimentary French

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

I’d be in a clinical role instead of a research role.

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

Anything to do with the ocean. Ocean scientists get to have all the cool photo opportunities!

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

Seattle, never been but it’s calling me.

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?

I need someone to watch Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix so we can talk about just how wild it is.

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

Netflix & ice cream sandwiches.

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

My dog, A good book, Al Gore’s Internet.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Ice water

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

The Little Prince

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

A paleontologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

A desire to save the world

19 What got you excited in science?

I had an amazing Gen Bio professor whos enthusiasm was completely addictive, I realized how little I actually knew about how the world works, and is fully connected on a biological level.

20 What excites you about science now?

Understand how we’re at the mercy of every single tiny component of our body functioning properly from eyelashes to lungs.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

I don’t feel guilty but Real Housewives of Patomic is my jam.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can out cook anyone.

23 What is your favorite game?

Stardew Valley

24 What is the last book you read?

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

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

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

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


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

It gets better, but you’ve gotta put in the work

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

A hike with my dog

29 What is the last thing you watched?

…Real Housewives of Atlanta

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

Rabbit poop

31 What is your favorite animal?

The Hippopotamous

32 What is your favorite book?

The Little Prince

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Mashed Cauliflower, which doesn’t get the respect it deserves

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

April 25th because it’s not too hot and not too cold

35 What is your favorite plant?

I can’t Rosemary’s Baby a plant.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

To get an MRI pre-conventional methods involved draining all your spinal fluid and being spun around in a chair.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

Light rain

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’ve made it this far.

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Becoming an aunt

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A weeping willow

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

So many hiking trails

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’ve got tall person energy, but I’m actually short.

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

Marianne @Astro_Limno