10 Women Scientists You Should Follow on Twitter

Twitter is one of the most active and enriching social media platforms, and it is a great way to communicate with other women scientists around the world, share information, enhance your professional network and build community worldwide. More than ever before, women in science are becoming active on Twitter and here are 10 you should follow:

Joanne Manaster: @sciencegoddess (50, 000+ followers)

As a full-time educator, Joanne Manaster shares her passion for science through teaching, and encourages young men and women to not be discouraged about pursuing science due to fear of stereotyping. Fun fact: prior to her successful career as a scientist, Joanne was an international model – now that is breaking stereotypes!

• Carolyn Porco: @carolynporco (23,500+ followers)

As a planetary scientist, Carolyn Porco has been on the forefront of cutting edge research for decades. Teams supervised by Carolyn have been responsible for some of the most iconic photographs of Earth and other planets from space. She was even responsible for the discovery of one of Neptune’s rings! Because of her outstanding contributions to science, Carolyn has been named one of the 25 most influential people in space by TIME magazine.

• Heather Williams: @alrightPET (2,600 followers)

Heather Williams is a faculty member at the University of Manchester, and her research interests are Physics and BioMedical Physics. An avid STEM ambassador, Heather is also the director of Science Grrl, an organization very active in the UK, dedicated to celebrating women in science and developing programs and events that encourage young girls to pursue scientific careers (@sciencegrrl). She tweets great information about education and gender issues within the science fields.

• Sylvia McClain: @girlinterruptin (2,140 followers)

Sylvia McLain is a scientist with an interesting history – she has been a field biologist, an inorganic chemist, and a physicist! Her life outside of science is quite diverse as well – Sylvia has taught English in China, worked in a fishery and been a bicycle mechanic! She is currently a biochemistry research fellow and a blogger for Guardian Science. With a background like that, her tweets are sure to be fascinating!

• Corrie Moreau: @corriemoreau (1,200 followers)

Corrie Moreau is a tenured Associate Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History at the Department of Science and Education. Her research interests are the biogeography of insects, climate change in rainforests and molecular systematics. She is also passionate about increasing diversity in the sciences.

• Danielle L. Lee, @DNLee5 (9,600 followers)

A self-proclaimed “hip-hop maven,” Danielle Lee is a biologist specializing in animal behavior, mammology and ecology. Danielle enjoys using social media and hip-hop culture to share science with underserved audiences. She also maintains a blog for Scientific American, The Urban Scientist.

• Pamela Ronald: @pcronald (2,000 followers)

Pamela Ronald is a professor in the department of Plant Pathology and at the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. She believes that one of the greatest current challenges faced by society is how to feed the increasing population without further destroying the environment, and works to solve this problem as the Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation and Scientific Literacy. She tweets interesting facts related to GMOs, food waste, genetic strategies and social justice.

• Jennifer L. Rohn: @jennyrohn (6, 100 followers)

Jennifer Rohn is a biologist from the US, and currently runs a cell biology lab at University College London. Jennifer is also a novelist, and when she is not practicing science, she is managing her website LabLit.com, created to promote the use of science and scientist characters in mainstream fiction. Jennifer is also a part-time science journalist and broadcaster.

• Athene Donald: @athenedonald (8,000 followers)

Athene Donald is a physics professor at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a former L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate (2009). Her research focuses on using the principles of soft matter physics to study a wide range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin, with emphasis on using different types of microscopy. In addition to her research and professorship, she is very active in gender equality issues, specifically relating to women in science.

• Christina Agapakis: @thisischristina (2,400 followers)

Christina is another For Women in Science alum, belonging to the 2012 fellows for her post-doctoral work on synthetic biology, which is a unique hybrid of engineering and biology, lovingly nicknamed “biotech on steroids.” She has written numerous scientific papers and articles for publications such as Scientific American, Superflux, Leap, and Open Laboratory. Through her tweets, she shares her comical yet critical view on many science topics as well as diversity within the discipline.

Who do you rely on for the latest science scoop?

If your favorite science tweeter isn’t on the list, let us know by tweeting us @4womeninscience, using the #womeninscience hashtag.  

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