Gabby is a PhD student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying Evolution and Environmental Science. She is currently researching evolved immunity to malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers and is interested in genetics and disease ecology.

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? Yes
4 Do you have any science-themed home decor? Yes
5 Do you prefer cooking or baking? Neither
6 Do you prefer sweet or savory? Sweet
7 Do you speak any other languages ?I’m trying to learn Spanish pero necesito estudiar más
8 If you could switch professions, what would you do? Cry about having to switch professions #scientist4life
9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in? Psychology
10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go? Hawaii to go see the honeycreepers!
11 If you had one superpower, what would it be? Telepathy
12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to? I’m a total DC nerd so I recommend their graphic audiobooks, the sound effects are so cool! I love listening to them on long drives or while doing lab work.
13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do? Eat pizza and watch trashy reality tv
14 What are three things you can’t live without? Pizza, my laptop and scented candles
15 What beverage gives you life? Wine
16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you? Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
17 What did you want to be when you grew up? “A pizza delivery guy” – Gabby age 5
18 What drives you and keeps you going? My faith; knowing that I’m doing what God’s called me to do
19 What got you excited in science? All the adorable animals!
20 What excites you about science now? How much we don’t know.
21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours? Trashy reality TV
22 What is a secret talent of yours? When I’m stressed I can finish a medium pizza in one sitting
23 What is your favorite game? The Sims 4!
24 What is the last book you read? My Population Genetics Textbook 😦
25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received? Define success for yourself and pursue it
26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do? I want to go on a cruise but I’m scared I’ll get seasick
27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self? Move at your own pace. Don’t be intimidated by what other people are doing, what works for them may not be what’s best for you.
28 What is the best way to de-stress? A hot shower, facemasks, and comfort food
29 What is the last thing you watched? Love Island
30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag? A family size pack of oreos to eat during a final exam
31 What is your favorite animal? Birds!
32 What is your favorite book? Bible
33 What is your favorite comfort food? Pizza
34 What is your favorite day of the year? My birthday!
35 What is your favorite plant? Sunflowers
36 What is your favorite science fact? The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
37 What is your favorite season? Fall
38 What is your favorite smell? I like clean, flowery scents
39 What is your favorite sound? Laughter
40 What is your favorite thing about yourself? My ability to empathize with others
41 What is your favorite word (in any language)? Bamboozled
42 What is your proudest moment? Getting into college
43 What kind of tree would you be? Weeping willow
44 What’s the best thing about where you live? Unique food and culture
45 Tell us something we probably don’t know. I’m not an outdoors person despite being a biologist #boujeebiologist
46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

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