Dani is a marine scientist, project manager and consultant from Jamaica. She transitioned from a 9-year year telecoms career to attaining an MSc in Marine Ecology and now works at the people-environment interface, on small to large-scale projects spanning science and business. Her career has seen her experiencing life across the Caribbean, Central America, Australia and the Pacific. She was recently accepted to Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative designed for women in STEMM, and will journey to Antarctica in 2021. Dani is a passionate minority rights advocate who believes climate change solutions must challenge structural racism and social inequities.

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 pets yet but my 2021 vision board is entirely puppies!!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Spanish (fluent), Papiamentu (semi fluent), trying to learn French

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

Yoga Instructor or any profession where I get to travel and eat food!

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

Neurology or Psychology

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

Right now, anywhere! Ideally, I haven’t yet visited the continent of Africa, so any country there 🙂

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

The power to not procrastinate. To just get to a task and finish it straight away lol. That or teleportation.

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

Anything by Yuval Noah Harrari. Also, the podcast “Rabbit Hole” by the NY Times is crazy and super interesting.

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

Have brunch with a friend, beach trip, go watch a movie by myself and/or curl up with Netflix/podcast playlist.

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

My reusable water bottle, headphones and music

15 What beverage gives you life?

Piping hot Americano!

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

Escape to Last Man Peak by Jean D’Costa (Jamaica author)

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

An environmental scientist (and that’s what I am lol – how exciting)

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The idea that I can achieve greatness and in doing so, help others to do the same

19 What got you excited in science?

That’s a good question – I don’t think I can pinpoint a single thing or moment. I’ve just always been drawn to the investigative nature of science 🙂

20 What excites you about science now?

Again – so much! But I’m personally very excited about the merging of cognitive behavioural science and culture theory with marine social-ecological systems research!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Ice cold Coca-Cola – especially after a long day of fieldwork. Yum!!

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Talent is a stretch but I figure out tv/movie plotlines really easily and early on (random and very annoying lol)

23 What is your favorite game?

Any game with friends (and wine)!

24 What is the last book you read?

Sapiens – A brief history of humankind (Yuval Harrari)

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

Know your worth (my dad told me that years ago and it has stayed with me ever since)

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

Sky diving – conceptually sounds amazing. In real life, it’s a hard no for me!

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

Don’t focus on how you think you should be living your life. Enjoy every moment and focus on what brings you joy.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Don’t watch the news and stay off social media. Anything else is bonus.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Cobra Kai (so cute and full of Karate Kid nostalgia)

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

Is it weird that I can’t recall anything weird??

31 What is your favorite animal?

Oooh that’s a tough one but right now it’s Shoebill Storks cus they are just so out of this world.

32 What is your favorite book?

I don’t have one

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Jamaican chicken patty and cocoa bread!

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday 🙂 🙂

35 What is your favorite plant?

Monstera deliciosa or any giant fern

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I mean – how profound!!!

37 What is your favorite season?

Summer

38 What is your favorite smell?

Nag champa, freshly washed laundry

39 What is your favorite sound?

Waves crashing or wind through the trees (I know! How cliche lol)

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I am super open minded and generally can have a good time anywhere!

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

Other than the NSFW ones, I love “astronomical”

42 What is your proudest moment?

Oooh this one is a secret right now 🙂

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Giant Sequoia or coconut tree

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

My people! Despite our challenges, we have produced some truly historical figures and produced many globally significant moments.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

My great-grandmother was supposedly a Jamaican Maroon (Africans who escaped from slavery, established free communities and formed rebellions against invaders)

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

Eleanor Terrelonge (eleanorterrelonge@gmail.com) @JamaicanLabrat on Twitter