In Response to the Top 50 Science List

18 September 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau, posted in Astronomy, Communications


Image by Paige Brown Jarreau

This post is in response to the 'top 50 science stars of Twitter' list published on Science Magazine's website today. Regardless of the methods used to put together that list, and whether or not the methods were fair and not inherently biased against women in science (my impression is that they are extremely biased), I've complied my own list of some of the top science stars of Twitter - this time focusing on women.

From the Science Mag top 50 science stars list article: "To identify Twitter science stars, we began with celebrity scientists such as Tyson and checked out which scientists they followed. We also referenced online lists of scientists to follow on Twitter, such as this one by The Huffington Post." Right, so they started with popular male celebrity scientists like Tyson, and compiled a list of mostly men by following the 'celebrity scientist' circles out from there. Shocking.

My list is NOT exhaustive at all, and certainly is personally biased by the scientists I myself follow and know on Twitter. I also took some feedback via Twitter today. But please feel free to add to this list, either by commenting below or taking this list and adding to it on your own blog. This list is really only the beginning of a list of AWESOME female (and male) scientist stars on Twitter.

Another important point - I would consider graduate students and post-docs scientists too. And I've thrown a few former-ish scientists in here too, because you know what, a scientist is a scientist, is always a scientist.

Updated 9/19/2014 - 110 Awesome Women Scientist Tweeters

@drkiki - PhD scientist in neurophysiology (171K followers)

@AstroKarenN - NASA Astronaut (102K followers)

@DrAliceRobertsProfessor of Public Engagement, Physical anthropologist (67.7K followers)

@sciencegoddess - Biology Lecturer, Read Science! host (52.7K followers)

@elakdawalla - Planetary scientist, writer (44.1K followers) *Personal favorite, so well spoken, multimedia tweets

@scicuriousPhD in Physiology, now science blogger at Science News (32K followers) *Personal favorite, inspire-er of science

@SylviaEarle - Oceanographer (34.2K followers)

@DrMelanieG - Psychologist (37.2K followers)

@carolynporco - Planetary scientist (26.4K followers)

@GrrlScientist - Evolutionary biologist, ornithologist (15.8K followers)

@AstroKatie - Astrophysicist (14.2K followers) *Personal favorite, always responds to your tweets about astrophysics & more

@AmyMainzer - Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (13.9K followers)

@arielwaldman Human Spaceflight Committee, citizen science (23K followers)

@ehmee - Museum studies, Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the  (25.3K followers)

@starstryder - Astronomer, writer (18.1K followers)

@NerdyChristie - PhD Candidate in cell and molecular biology (13.5K followers) *Personal favorite, never misses a beat in her area, great pics

@CatherineQ - Astrophysicist, science communicator (13.5K followers)

@debbiebere - Physicist (13.1K followers)

@kejames - Biologist (12.5K followers) *Personal favorite, always taking up for women in science

@helenczerski Physics, bubbles, oceans (12.2K followers)

@utafrithEmeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (12.9K followers)

@lirarandall - Physicist (~12K followers)

@Dr_LucieRoyal Society University Research Fellow staring at the Sun and beyond.(11.7K followers)

@DNLee5 - Biologist (11.5K followers) *Personal favorite, just follow and you will see

@bug_gwen - Entomologist, educator, writer (~10K followers) *Personal favorite, bugs! Pictures! bugs!

@yayayarndiva - Pediatrician, medical advocate (~9.3K followers)

@girlscientist - Geneticist - Associate Prof @EmoryMedicine (9.4K followers)

@AtheneDonaldPhysics Professor Cambridge, researching interface with biology (9.1K followers)

@ejwillingham - Biologist (8.3K followers)

@NoisyAstronomer - Astronomer (~8K followers)

@LizNeeley Mixes passion for science, journalism & communication; Studied the evolution and visual systems of tropical reef fishes (8K followers) *Personal favorite for science of science communication (#ScioScicomm) Tweets!

@AndreaKuszewskiCognitive scientist (7.8K followers)

@aetiology - Associate Professor, microbiology / infectious disease epidemiology (~7.5K followers) *Personal favorite, amazing recent Ebola coverage

@mireyamayorHost of Nat Geo Wild, Explorer/Wildlife Expert (7.9K followers)

@KateClancy - Biological anthropologist (7.5K followers)

@Sheril_Director of 's Energy Poll (6.1K followers)

@JacquelynGill - Ice Age ecologist (5.8K followers) *Personal favorite, very engaging

@PlanetDr - Planetary scientist (5.8K followers)

@SofiabiologistaBiologist, photographer, blogger & entrepreneur founder of the biologist apprentice (5.9K followers) *I just followed her today, because her Twitter bio/wildlife pics are AMAZING

@upulie - Molecular biologist (~5.5K followers) *Personal favorite, very engaging

@DrRubidium - Analytical chemist (~5.5K followers)

@docfreeride - Philosopher (~5K followers)

@astropixie - Astrophysicist (~5K followers)

@biochembelle - Scientist, communicator (~5K followers)

@hollybik - Microbial eukaryotes and marine genomics (~5K followers) *Personal favorite, talks about science AND social media

@flimsin - Climate scientist (3.8K followers)

@genegeek - PhD in medical genetics (~4K followers)

@dr_krystal - Malaria research scientist (4.4K followers)

@artologica - Science art (3.8K followers)

@soozaphoneFinal year Epidemiology PhD student (~4K followers) *Personal favorite, amazing writer, science + music

@deepseadawnChief Scientist of Esri, GIS/oceans, ocean mapper (3.4K followers)

@TaraShears - Particle physicist (3K followers)

@DogSpies - PhD student, presenter of dog science (3K followers)

@skaka_lulu - Astrophysicist (3.3K followers)

@Mammals_Suck - Human Evolutionary Biologist (~3K followers)

@DrEmmaLJohnston - Prof of marine ecology (3.1K followers)

@highlyanneWatershed hydrology professor (~3.5K followers)

@heather_berlinCognitive Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience (~3.5K followers)

@HopeJahren - Professor, plants (3.3K followers)

@evelynjlamb - Mathematician (3.1K followers)

@Dr_Mel_Thomson - Microbiologist (3.2K followers)

@DrKillgrove - Anthropologist (3K followers)

@sarahkendrewAstronomer, University of Oxford, UK. (3K followers)

@FunSizeSuzeNanochemist, Teaching Fellow  (3K followers) *Being a nano-geek, I can't believe I didn't follow her before now!

@UKLadybirdsUK Ladybird Survey recording all species of ladybird, Tweets by Helen Roy (3K followers)

@geneticmaizePhD maize genetics (2.9K followers)

@gkygirlengineer - Environmental health scientist and engineer (2.7K followers)

@GainesOnBrains - PhD student studying sleep and obesity (~2K followers) *Personal favorite, so unique! Amazing writer

@mcshanahanResearch Chair Science Ed & Public Engagement at UCalgary (2.7K followers)

@NathaliaHolt - Microbiologist (~2.6K followers)

@snowHydro - Scientist, writer (2.5K followers) *Personal favorite, always replies to your tweets, great science communication ideas

@PolycrystalhD - Neuroscientist (2.5K followers)

@curryjaClimate scientist @ Georgia Tech (2.8K followers)

@digitalbio - Bioinformatics and Biology (2.7K followers)

@KarenLMasters - Astronomer, Project Scientist for  (2.5K followers)

@caroluneProud mum working in science, development, technology, hacking (physics, engineering, astrophysics) (2.5K followers)

@autismcrisis - Autism researcher, blogging (2.5K followers)

@JenEDavison - Scientist (2K followers)

@AntarcticGlacieExplaining the Science of Antarctic Glaciology. Tweets by Dr Bethan Davies, Lecturer in Physical Geography (1.9K followers)

@redlipblenny Professor of Marine Ecology (2K followers)

@trueanomalies - PhD student studying planetary science (~2K followers)

@ScientistMags - Chemist (2.3K followers) *Personal favorite, I've known her on Twitter from the very 'beginning'

@easternblog - Biochemist by training, now she works with scientists and in science communication (2.4K followers)

@margagualPhD, Entrepreneur, AAAS Science Diplomacy Scholar (2.3K followers)

@SiouxsieW - Microbiologist (~2K followers)

@Tuff_Cookie - Volcanologist (2K followers)

@melanietbaum - Social Psychologist (2K followers) *Personal favorite, science of science communication

@aerognomePhD, engineer, better known for tweeting @fyfluiddynamics (~1.8K followers)

@bat_whisperer - Bat ecologist (1.7K followers)

@ayanaelizaMarine biologist (1.7K followers)

@CorrieMoreau - Evolutionary biology, ants (~1.8K followers)

@emilysdarling - Conservation Research Fellow (~1.9K followers)

@tanyaofmars - PhD student (~1.5K followers)

@kwren88 - Amphibian Ecologist (1.6K followers)

@DrHolly - Scientist. Communicator. (1.7K followers)

@dalcantonJDAstrophysicist, Principal Investigator of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (~1.7K followers)

@PaleophileEvolutionary Anthropology, aspiring naturalist/explorer/writer (~1.8K followers)

@emckiernan13 - Physiologist (~1.9K followers) *Personal favorite, great thoughts on open science 

@kimwhitestein - Scientist at Gatorade Sports Science Institute (~2K followers)

@ThePurplePage - PhD candidate in biochemistry & biophysics, #BLACKandSTEM initiator (1.5K followers)

@DoUBelieveInDog - Began as two canine scientists being digital pen pals… now a canine science community. Tweets (mostly) by Mia Cobb/Julie Hecht (1.5K followers)

@rejectedbananaPhysical oceanographer and blogger at DeepSeaNews (1.5K followers)

@MichelleWciselZoologist specialized in predator/prey behaviour (~1.4K followers) *Personal favorite for coherent and colorful tweets

@suzie_birchArchaeology, paleoecology, climate change (1.4K followers)

@canopymeg - Tree canopy biologist (1.3K followers) *Personal favorite, the nicest scientist you'll ever meet

@SoundingTheSeaMarine Policy Fellow, PhD candidate using acoustics (sound) to study cetaceans/birds (1.3K followers)

@HeidiKayDeidi - Postdoc, co-host of podcast (1.1K followers)

@alisonatkin - PhD student, osteoarchaeologer (+1K followers)

and on and on and on and on... please add more in comment section.


Group Twitter Handles to Follow 

@realscientists - Real science from real scientists, communicators, writers, artists and clinicians, often featuring women (13.3K followers)

@galaxyzoo - A citizen science project, with tweets from @KarenLMasters (Astronomer) @vrooje (Astronomer) (11.2K followers)

@Science_GrrlA network celebrating & supporting women in science (11.7K followers) 

@TenureSheWroteWomen on the tenure track with something to say (~2.7K followers)

@BLACKandSTEM - great tweets encouraging diversity in STEM

More lists of women scientists on Twitter:

Discov/Her 10 Women Scientists You Should Follow on Twitter

Women Scientists on Twitter - a public Twitter list by Erika Check Hayden

And of course, many of these science bloggers are also scientists: Celebrating female science bloggers

Women (on Twitter) in Conservation

Women Tweet Science Too - a public Twitter list by Laura Keeney

Women in Astro/Physics - a public Twitter list by Katie Mack

Women in STEM, listed by number of Twitter followers - a public Twitter list by Laura Keeney

BLACKandSTEM - a public Twitter list by Spephani Page

@trowelblazers teamCelebrating women in archaeology, palaeontology & geology (+ Twitter lists)

And a growing list of female scientist tweeters can be found on Twitter #WomenTweetScienceToo

Please let me know if this list is missing someone who should really be on it. I'm happy to modify the list!

37 Responses to “In Response to the Top 50 Science List”

  1. KarenLMasters Reply | Permalink

    Awesome list. So glad people were on this, because when I read the Science Magazine list and how they put it together I wondered if they had missed lots of women tweeters….

    This is embarrassing self promotion - but I'm a female astronomer with 2487 twitter followers as of today, so could be included in your list. :)

  2. Stuart Reply | Permalink

    Also @Dr_Lucie (astronomer; 11.7K) and @helenczerski (physicist; 12.2K).

  3. Anne Jefferson Reply | Permalink

    I'm @highlyanne, an assistant professor of geology. Research on hydrology. 3.5K followers.

  4. Dingelbert Reply | Permalink

    Ok, so a lot of female scientists have twitter accounts. Which ones are worth following, and for what reasons?

  5. Suzi Gage Reply | Permalink

    And me! @soozaphone :)

  6. Helen Roy Reply | Permalink

    @UKLadybirds Ecologist with a passion for science communication (3k followers and ~7k tweets)

  7. Sarah Reply | Permalink

    How about @citizenscience_ ? (Note underscore). Her blog is, and I think she writes for a magazine too

  8. Julie Reply | Permalink

    Dog researchers, too!
    @DogUmwelt Alexandra Horowitz, researcher and 'Inside of a Dog' author
    @DogZombieBlog Jessica Hekman, PhD student, veterinarian, science blogger, dog brain enthusiast
    @DoUBelieveInDog Mia Cobb, PhD candidate studying working dog welfare
    @ferrufa Fernanda Fadel, PhD Student studying dog behaviour and genetics

    And cats!
    @mikel_maria Mikel Delgado, UC Berkeley PhD candidate studying animal behavior, cat behavior consultant at Feline Minds
    @sarahlhellis Sarah Ellis, Researcher, Cat Behavior Described

    And more! Wonderful list to keep going!

      • MC Reply | Permalink

        And of course - @DogSpies - Julie Hecht, PhD candidate, Sci-Am blogger, excellent researcher of canine cognition and anthropomorphisms

  9. Aurelie Moulin Reply | Permalink

    I would nominate Jessica Carilli @jess_carilli, an active marine biologist with insightful tweets.
    I would also nominate Kathie Dello @KathieDello. She is assistant director of the Oregon Climate Change Institute and also a grad student. She lives and breath climate!

  10. Frederick Foulds Reply | Permalink

    Surprised that the @trowelblazers team isn't on here (@toriherridge, @suzi_birch, @LeMoustier and @brennawalks). They do a lot to promote women in the fields of archaeology, palaeontology and geology.

    • Paige Brown Jarreau Reply | Permalink

      Thank you! So many that I didn't already follow! I've followed @trowelblazers team now, and these women are GREAT additions to the list.

  11. Atif Reply | Permalink

    A few suggestions (some might be listed already, which just shows how awesome they are!). Mainly focused on public health/epidemiology/statistics:

    Great list though!

  12. Dylan Bodington Reply | Permalink

    Susan Perkins @NYCuratrix should be on any top 50 list. Parasitology, awesome science, and the occasional fantasy football advice.

  13. @rtanen Reply | Permalink

    Michelle Dawson (@autismcrisis) is awesome! She analyses research in just a few characters!

  14. Susan E. Swanberg Reply | Permalink

    Great list! Some I know, but many I do not. I'll check them out -- your recommendation is worth paying attention to.

  15. Dawn Wright Reply | Permalink

    What a wonderful post! Thank you for compiling! Don't forget @LegoAcademics with 39K+ to date!

    Great that you featured a couple of ocean scientists. With the oceans in crisis, there are many great women oceanographers putting oars in the water for science communication on Twitter including:
    @lizneeley (8K)
    @deepseadawn (3.4K)
    @JenEDavison (2K)
    @nancy_baron (1.7K)
    @rejectedbanana (1.5K)
    @komcleod (1K)
    + my favorite evolutionary biologist @lizhadly (1.3K)

  16. Karen Reply | Permalink

    Thanks for adding me - you noted I'm the @galaxyzoo project scientist, and in fact a lot of the @galaxyzoo (11.2K) tweets are by either me, or @vrooke (Brooke Simmons, 1.8K followers) an astronomer at Oxford University. Brooke should be on the list obviously, not sure about the rules for accounts held jointly by a team including both male and female astronomers.

  17. nmr Reply | Permalink

    Thank you for providing this important service (recognizing female scientists) for the community and combating the patriarchy in such an intelligent manner. Well done you.

  18. Kirk Englehardt Reply | Permalink

    Check out GT's Judith Curry @curryja and Kim Cobb @coralsncaves

  19. Marah Hardt Reply | Permalink

    Thanks for compiling this fantastic list. Sad that you had to do it, but grateful. I'd like to recommend Kristin Marhaver (coral biologist and open-access science advocate) @CoralSci and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (coral biologist and visionary behind the Blue Halo Project) @ayanaeliza. Great voices to add to your list.

  20. Sandra Porter Reply | Permalink

    Me too! @digitalbio (2.8K followers) and @moleculeworld (<100 as yet, but pretty new)

    I tweet about bioinformatics, molecular biology & genetics.

  21. Pamela Gay Reply | Permalink

    @CosmoQuestX is a citizen science community with the social media done by @starstryder, @noisyastronomer, and the additional women @tinyintern (budding science writer), and @georgiabracey (science educator)

    @CosmoQuestX is actually about 50/50 men and women across everything - just realized that.

  22. Maddie Stone Reply | Permalink

    Annalee Newitz @Annaleen, 17.1K followers. Not a scientist herself but a great science writer. Author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember and editor-in-chief of :)

  23. Amy Cuddy Reply | Permalink

    Apologies, but I have to add myself: @amyjccuddy
    Experimental social psychologist, Harvard Associate Prof, 21.3k followers

  24. Bug Gwen Reply | Permalink

    Thank you so much for including me! :)

    Found a lot of other great tweeters.

    • Paige Reply | Permalink

      Yes! I have a list - womentweetsciencetoo

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