Cori Black is a Ph.D. candidate at Auburn University in the Armbruster Lab. She got her bachelors and masters from the University of Northern Iowa. Her research focuses on how shape and function evolved in catfishes. You can find out more about her research on her website

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

I have 7 cats and 7 reptiles!

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?

X-ray technician

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


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

Anywhere in the Amazon rainforest

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

Breathe underwater

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

The Adventure Zone podcast

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


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

My cats, computer, and coffee

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

The American Girl doll books

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

Shark biologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?


19 What got you excited in science?

I love fishes!

20 What excites you about science now?

How those fishes evolved

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Rewatching Star Trek and X-files episodes

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I don’t really have one

23 What is your favorite game?

Muay Thai sparring

24 What is the last book you read?

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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

Everyone experiences imposter syndrome

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

Participate in an amateur Muay Thai fight

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

Learn to study and manage your time!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Drink coffee and listen to a good podcast

29 What is the last thing you watched?

An episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9

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

Dead fish

31 What is your favorite animal?

This is too hard to answer!

32 What is your favorite book?

Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Weekends in the fall

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Flatfishes hatch like every other fish and then one eye migrates over the top of their skull!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

The smell of a river

39 What is your favorite sound?

Rain falling

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My motivation to figure out new things

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

I’m not sure if I have one…

42 What is your proudest moment?

When my master’s project was accepted for publication

43 What kind of tree would you be?


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

There is a ton of animal diversity in Alabama.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have a tattoo of an oceanic whitetip shark that I got when I was 19.

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

Rose Peterson @fishtastic_evo