Joey is a botanist & producer of Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t YouTube channel.

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?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


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


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

Organic chemistry

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


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

Read minds

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

Plant Systematics textbook by Michael Simpson

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

Look at plants

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

Plants, Redwing boots, dogs.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Green tea

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

John Macphee Annals of the former world

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


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Plants and geology

19 What got you excited in science?

Limestone quarries and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

20 What excites you about science now?

Unlocking evolutionary mysteries

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Action movies and other garbage cinema

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Playing Drums

23 What is your favorite game?

Hide and seek

24 What is the last book you read?

Plant Systematics

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

Never underestimate the average human’s stupidity & malice

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?

Learn to spot shallow conformity in social circles and don’t waste your time on them, study plants and geology instead.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Going for a run, hitting the punching bag or looking at plants.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Can’t remember. Probably something stupid.

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

Pruning saw which got confiscated by TSA.

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Plant Systematics

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?


35 What is your favorite plant?

Asclepias speciosa. And all of them.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Evolution is real

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Hesperocyparis bakeri

39 What is your favorite sound?

The sound of rhyolite boulders clanging after being walked on.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My inability to focus. Not really.

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

The moment I realized I could teach myself botany.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Fitzroya cupressoides from the Patagonia temperate rainforests of Chile

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

The climate. I can grow anything here.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Ultramafic soil has a particular taste to it.

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