A Retro Thanks and Farewell to Erik Klemetti

Back at the beginning of the month, we had the privilege of hosting Erik Klemetti as curator of RealScientists. You all will remember him as the one who tweeted about awesome, sweet Volcanoes. Erik’s round up of tweets for that week can be found here, and if you want to pop back and recap, his introductory blog post is here. Erik continues to tweet @eruptionsblog, and blog at Eruptions (I see what you did there) for Wired, if you want to keep following him and his awesome science.

Some highlights included his awesome lab:

And some myth debunking:

Erik was also a good sport and answered our out-going curator questions, even with my hassling him mercilessly right at the beginning of a new semester (apologies, Erik!)

How did you find your week as a curator?

It was exciting! This was doubly so thanks to me and my students being in the lab, collecting data. I was able to delve into a lot of interesting topics in the realms of volcanism, science education and science in the media — and keep a constant conversation blowing.

Were there any lowlights?

Not that I can remember. It was smooth sailing with lots of fruitful discussions.

It can be a shock talking to 12,000. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Actually, I have to admit I’m used to it on Twitter! It was interesting to get so many people from such varied backgrounds asking questions.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

No, but the week flew by, I’ll tell you that much.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Be ready for any and all questions … and try not to have a plan. Go with what’s interesting to you at the time.

Other than yourself of course, are there any other people/accounts that people should follow if they liked you and what you covered?

I tried to list a pile at the end of my run, but some names that spring to mind: @subglacial, @BGSvolcanology, @aguvgp, @NASA_EO and @thevolcanofiles, @allochthonous, @highlyanne

What TV show do you think everyone should go watch right now?

Well, everyone already watches Doctor Who, so even though it has nothing to do with science, I’d say Night Court. Honestly, you won’t regret it.

A huge thank you from the RS team and our almighty followers, Erik! Farewell!


Sarah Morgan

I'm a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I work in the meld space between compulsory education and tertiary scientific research; we develop teaching modules using the real research stories around us in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease field. Engagement is the name of the game - creating opportunities for teachers, students and scientists to interact, and enrich learning on all sides. Scicomm is my passion, though I come from a molecular genetics research background.

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