Flying off into the sunset on a wingless fly: Farewell and thanks to Morgan Jackson

Two weeks ago (28th September) Morgan Jackson (@BioInFocus) took over the @RealScientists account for us and had a great week sharing his love of flies and taxonomy. We think that at one point he also tried to crack a joke but it was so bad we’re not completely sure :).

He also took a moment to share some very important louse facts.

You can see all of Morgans’s tweets at this archived link. You can also follow more of Morgan’s heroic struggle identifying wingless flies on his normal twitter account @BioInFocus. You can also get a little insight into Morgan’s week from this handy questionnaire below.


How did you find your week as a curator?

Lots of fun! Had fairly decent engagement when I posed questions or explicitly asked whether anyone had questions, very little “uninvited” commentary though.

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

It wasn’t too bad actually. I was worried that I’d be flooded and miss questions or other things, but they tended to come in at such a pace as I could reply to each of them.

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

I would have loved to get further into the many benefits of flies, why flies don’t deserve the hatred & scorn they often receive, more cool natural history, and more information about the science of taxonomy, but I got busy with work and just ran out of time each day to make something engaging happen. Perhaps I’ll get another chance in the future.

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

Do a little bit of preparation before your week, but don’t try and stage out the entire experience. See what the RS followers seem interested in, and then try to roll with that each day to increase engagement. Treat it more as a conversation and less as a lecture. Audio/visual aids really seemed to help.

If people enjoyed your tweeting who else should the go follow?

SO MANY. I tried sharing some near the end, and I inevitably forgot a bunch of people. If people want to learn more about flies and how awesome they are, I’d recommend they follow people like @flygirlNHM, @ta_wheeler, and @mozziebites (among many others). @myrmecos & @bug_gwen are the king & queen of entomology social media and routinely share awesome stuff. 

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

Life in the Undergrowth by the BBC is spectacular, and particularly relevant to my interests. Less work related, I’m a big fan of The Amazing Race and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Thank you Morgan from the entire RS team for a wonderful week at the helm!

Matthew (@MCeeP)

Matthew is a research fellow at Cranfield University that while trained as a biochemist has accidentally ended up working with optical sensor systems. In addition to helping out @RealScientists he also runs a blog called Errant Science and writes a monthly column for Laboratory News .

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