Twitter + Science = Communication

It’s the beginning of a new year and of a new semester. Maybe you’ve resolved to use Twitter for networking or as a news source. Regardless of your reasons why or what you’re interested in, there are plenty of scientists on Twitter for you to follow. Here’s a small sampling of people that I follow.

Science Communication

Kate Wong is a science writer who covers paleontology, anthropology, archeology and animal behavior for Scientific American.

Carl Zimmer is a science writer who covers a wide, wide range of topics. I won’t try to pigeonhole him.

Hannah Waters is a science writer who tweets about science and equality.

Ed Yong is a science writer force of nature. Between Ed and Carl, they supply me with most of my science news.

Realscientists is a curated account that features a new scientist tweeting every week. Topics range from microbiology to astronomy to paleontology.

Kyle Hill is a science writer and is my source for exceptionally nerdy links.

Nautilus Magazine and Aeon Magazine are digital magazines with articles about science, culture and philosophy.


The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) tweets about news in vertebrate paleontology, as you would expect.

The Geological Society of America, like SVP, tweets about news in the geosciences.

Brian Switek is a freelance science writer who covers paleontology. If you like dinosaurs, you’ll love Brian’s tweets.

Jacquelyn Gill is a paleoecologist at the University of Maine who tweets paleontology, ecology, and conservation.

Darren Naish writes for the blog Tetrapod Zoology and is half of the Tet Zoo podcats (podcast).


John Hawks is a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a part of the Rising Star Expedition at the end of 2013.

Sex and Our Species is devoted to tweets about reproductive health, sex and gender, as well as other relevant topics.

Strange Remains tweets about stories in forensic anthropology and bioarcheology.

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He was also a part of the Rising Star Expedition.


Andy Warren is one of my favorite entomologists on Twitter. He tweets lots of pictures of butterflies!

Bug Girl is my other favorite entomologist on Twitter. Her blog posts have taught me everything I know about insects.


The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) tweets about life at the station, as well as news in conservation, ecology and biology.

Brilliant Botany tweets about, you guessed it, botany. She also sprinkles in some science outreach and museum enthusiasm.

Hope Jahren is one of my favorite voices on Twitter. She tweets science, equality and routinely makes me laugh out loud.


Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most well-known scientists today. He is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Follow him for occasional tweets about the universe.

The Curiosity Rover tweets from the red planet!

Katie Mack tweets about the universe and women in STEM.

Women in STEM

Tenure, She Wrote describes themselves as ‘women on the tenure track with something to say’.

Trowelblazers is all about women in geology, paleontology and archeology.

5 Brainy Birds are women scientists writing about their experiences.


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