Fhallon Ware-Gilmore is a native of Anaheim, California and is currently a third-year doctoral candidate pursuing her PhD in Entomology with a concentration in “Vector Biology” at the Pennsylvania State University.

Her dissertation explores the role of global climate change, and its impact on the assemblage of infectious diseases, in particular, viruses transmitted by arthropod vectors. Her research focuses on understanding the role that thermal performance plays in the transmission of dengue virus by the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the consequences this may have on human health. Her additional passion lies in supporting scientific outreach within marginalized communities, and in understanding the health disparities associated with vector-borne diseases within communities of color.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have some old school anatomy pantings in my bedroom.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

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?

I would love to be a Medical Examiner or Forensic Pathologist

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

Forensics or Mortuary Science

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

Samoa

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

reality bending or Atmokinesis

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

So I am a BIG ASMR stand, and if you don’t know what ASMR is, give it a quick search. My favorite artist on youtube =Goodnight Moon and Semide CoCo

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

Typically I wake up early, make myself a nice cup of coffee and turn on some Norah Jones. Then in evenings i’m catching up on some art while chatting with family and friends.

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

ASMR, decorative pillows, Vines

15 What beverage gives you life?

Pumpkin Spice ANYTHING and horchata

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

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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

Marine Biologist or a Vet. I think i wanted to own a funeral home at one point. I was a strange kid.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Global Climate change, Emergence and Resurgence of Vector borne diseases, and health disparities in communities of color

19 What got you excited in science?

As a child, my mom would take me to these “Science Camps” at the aquarium where I had the opportunity to interact with real scientists. I remember one day at camp we were talking about reptiles, and we had the chance to see an Albino crocodile. I was so fascinated by why the crocodile looked the way it did, and remember bombarding my mother with questions the entire ride home.  That same week I remember going to the book store every day with my mom and asking the clerk for books on crocodiles that I could check out.  I think that’s when I truly became excited about science.

20 What excites you about science now?

Just the joy of discovery in general !

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Halloween, Buying home decor and decorating, cosplay, birthday cake, DND.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

renaissance cosplay

23 What is your favorite game?

Crash Bandicoot and the Last of Us

24 What is the last book you read?

Stephen King’s “Misery” and From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

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

Learn to Say to No effectively— thanks Beth!

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

Paragliding, like that scene in Jurassic Park

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

Learn to Say No Fhall

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

ASMR, Some Sting and the police, and a nice cup of Ginger tea

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Some K-Pop videos and The Autopsy of Jane Doe

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

bottle of fabuloso, and a optimums prime two truck

31 What is your favorite animal?

This is a hard one! I have so many. Right now i’m really fond of Giant River otters

32 What is your favorite book?

Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Rabo encendido (which is basically an oxtail soup) and Lemon pepper wings

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The first day of Fall !

35 What is your favorite plant?

Ferns

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Only female mosquitoes bite

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Amber and Myrrh

39 What is your favorite sound?

cicada courtship calls

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Im friendly and optimistic for the most part

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

Asra

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting into a PhD program with funding.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

coastal redwood

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

PA has some beautiful terrain, and bugs !

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have a total of 32 decorative pillows on my bed.

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

Heverton Dutra @WolbDutra