Michelle Saunders is an Inuk researcher from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Currently a graduate student at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus in the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy program, Michelle’s research focuses around incorporating Indigenous knowledge into Western Science systems bridging her Inuk culture and background in biology. Michelle is passionate about centring Indigenous voices into research and has worked with Indigenous groups all over the circumpolar North.

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?

A beautiful rescue husky named Zuri

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

A little French, Inuktitut and a tiny bit of Finnish

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

Stay-at-home dog mom

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

Medicine

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

Finland!

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

Read people’s minds

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

Any and all Tom Petty

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

Sleep in then go for a hike with my dog

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

Tea, my pup and friends

15 What beverage gives you life?

Tetley Tea

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

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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

A doctor

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The support from my friends, family and my community

19 What got you excited in science?

Ecology was my first love in science, there’s an answer to everything and examining the natural world was amazing to me

20 What excites you about science now?

Indigenous voices and knowledge are finally being recognized, it’s a very exciting time for Indigenous researchers and Indigenous Peoples

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Craft beer

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can walk on my toes like a ballerina

23 What is your favorite game?

2048

24 What is the last book you read?

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

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

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

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?

Give yourself a break but also study more

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

A long walk with my dog

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Good Will Hunting

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

Dissection kits for undergrad labs

31 What is your favorite animal?

Seals

32 What is your favorite book?

The Forgiveness Parade by Jeffrey McDaniels

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Partridge soup

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

St. Patty’s Day

35 What is your favorite plant?

The only plant I can keep alive, chinese money plants

36 What is your favorite science fact?

That our eyes are the same size for our whole lives

37 What is your favorite season?

Spring

38 What is your favorite smell?

Bonfires

39 What is your favorite sound?

Tom Petty and fire cracking

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m really funny

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

Kuviasuk – Happy in Inuktitut

42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating from University with my BSc

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Black Spruce

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

The natural beauty all around me and of course, the best people in the world (shout out to all the Labradorians!)

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I once went reindeer herding in Northern Finland!

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

@meredith_CP