I am an Afro-Caribbean woman, born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I am also the first person in my immediate family to achieve a college degree and to seek an advanced degree. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi along with a Master of Education in Secondary Science Education from the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. My research studies apicomplexans in marine ecosystems.

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?

Yes

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?

Music or Art

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

Plant ecology

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

Japan

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

I would love to fly

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

Doctor Who

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

Read and bake

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

Headphones, a water bottle, a book

15 What beverage gives you life?

Tea

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

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

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

A doctor or a musician

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Support from my family

19 What got you excited in science?

My seventh grade science teacher did an amazing job relating science to my everyday life

20 What excites you about science now?

How many things there are that are still not fully understood

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Sweets

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m a decent landscape painter

23 What is your favorite game?

Kingdom Hearts

24 What is the last book you read?

The Book of Jhereg by Steven Burst

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

Comfort is the enemy of growth

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

Ballet

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

Be scared and do it anyway

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Swimming

29 What is the last thing you watched?

The Mummy

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

Fish red blood cell slides

31 What is your favorite animal?

Elephants

32 What is your favorite book?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pizza

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Christmas

35 What is your favorite plant?

sunflowers

36 What is your favorite science fact?

There are underwater lakes and rivers

37 What is your favorite season?

Summer

38 What is your favorite smell?

petrichor

39 What is your favorite sound?

violin playing of any kind

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m persistant

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

Serendipity

42 What is your proudest moment?

My master’s thesis defense

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Acacia farnesiana

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

Small towns are very peaceful

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have dimples in my shoulder blades

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

I can’t think of anyone at the moment