Ryan Rose is a Biological Science Technician with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He currently works at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery in Washington state. His work compromises of producing and releasing roughly 15 million chinook salmon annually to help improve salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, Ryan worked on wildlife refuges up and down the east coast focusing on ornithology, herpetology, invasive plants, prescribed fire, and habitat restoration.

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?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Of course! My office room in my house is “science/wildlife” themed

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

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

Travel photographer/blogger

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

Wildlife forensics or Volcanology

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

Iceland

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?

Watch- “Down to Earth” on Netflix is a very eye-opening documentary about how we can take care of our planet and make better personal decisions in regards to offsetting climate change.
Read- I just finished “The Naturalist”about how Theodore Roosevelt’s lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America’s wildlife conservation movement.
Listen- I’m listening to the podcast “Northwest Nature Matters”. Highly recommend if you are interested in wildlife and conservation issues in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Go hiking

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

The outdoors, friends, and family

15 What beverage gives you life?

A good craft beer

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

Silent Spring

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

Criminal psychologist or sports marketing

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Everyday doing valuable conservation work to help improve our natural resources for future generations

19 What got you excited in science?

Growing up always outside, camping, fishing, etc. Learning from a young age an appreciation of the outdoors.

20 What excites you about science now?

That there is always something new to learn!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Reality TV shows

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Photography

23 What is your favorite game?

Roller coaster tycoon

24 What is the last book you read?

The Naturalist

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

To not let other people get in your way of achieving your own goals and dreams. You do you!

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

Skydiving

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

Patience

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Hiking

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Ratched on Netflix

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

Animal skulls, feathers, pinecones, etc. I collect random things.

31 What is your favorite animal?

I could never choose just one! I’m a bird nerd, so honestly any species of bird.

32 What is your favorite book?

Not necessarily a book, but any scientific paper. I love reading about new science.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Any type of Italian food

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Thanksgiving

35 What is your favorite plant?

Any type of carnivorous plant. Blows my mind that plants can eat other organisms.

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Tardigrades are extremely durable microscopic animals that exist all over Earth. They can survive any of the following: 300 degrees, -458 degrees, the vacuum of space, pressure six times stronger than the ocean floor and more than a decade without food.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

The smell of the forest

39 What is your favorite sound?

Birds calling or a good thunderstorm

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

How adventurous and determined I am

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

Thank you

42 What is your proudest moment?

Being the first in my family to graduate college and working for my agency (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Old-growth redwood tree

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

Outdoor recreation is endless. Mountains, coast, and the high desert all close by.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’ve been to 46 states and 16 national parks

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