BACK FROM THE SWAMP: Cameron Webb returns to Real Scientists!

Continuing from our holiday season program, we’re delighted to welcome back our second ever curator of Real Scientists, the fabulous Dr Cameron Webb (@mozziebites) of t University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Cameron tweeted during the first week of Real Scientists, right after Dr Rachael Dunlop, bringing the swamps of Canberra and New South Wales, Australia, to the world and generating some fantastic discussion about mosquitoes, public health – and the best mosquito repellant!  You can read more about Cameron in our original introductory post for him.


We asked Cameron how things have been since he first tweeted for us and what he’s up to now:




1. What have you been up to since your curation stint – has anything changed, personally or professionally? (New jobs, new projects, in jail for embezzling grant funds etc)

A lot has changed since my first stint as a curator with @realscientists. As well as a promotion to Principal Hospital Scientist with NSW Health Pathology, I’ve expanded a lot of teaching and research supervision with the University of Sydney. I currently have three PhD students and three additional short-term research students investigating various aspects of mosquito-borne disease risks associated with urban constructed and rehabilitated wetlands. I’ve also taken on the role of deputy postgraduate co-ordinator with Westmead Clinical School at Westmead Hospital (Uni Sydney). Most importantly, I’m now coaching an under 8’s girls football team – the biggest challenge I’ve faced so far…

2. What are your memories of curating @RealScientists the first time?

The first stint curating @realscientists coincided with some research into the mosquitoes and wetlands of Canberra. This was the first time (if you can believe it) mosquito populations were studied in detail. It was a fun project working with the team at ACT Health and TAMS and a nice memory to correspond with @realscientists

3. Has social media, particularly Twitter, changed the way you communicate about your research – and if so, how?

Without a doubt. As well as being a direct line to the public, it also helps reach out to journalists and broadcaster who then can assist me getting my research and public health messages out through traditional media. My use of social media is invaluable. To give one small exampled, a recent research paper fo mine was published in a paywalled journal with minimal readership but after blogging about the results, and sharing on social media, there were thousands of readers of the blog post and subsequent media coverage. Without social media that public health message behind the research wouldn’t have got out to nearly as many people.


You can also catch up with Cameron’s adventures on his blog. Please welcome Cameron Webb back to Real Scientists!

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