Any fin is possible: thanks and farewell Adam Summers

For the week of June 21-27, biomechanist and biomaterialist Adam Summers @fishguy_fhl took the helm of @RealScientists. Adam let us in on all of the fascinating happenings at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. We learned a lot about fish anatomy, including how many people it takes to do fish science – that’s a lot of people!

We were also introduced to a number of wonderful creatures – how could you not love this adorable little spiny lumpsucker?

look, it is even adorable in skeleton form!

There were also fish puns… groan. [Ed: you can talk, what about the title of this post?]


We asked Adam to reflect on his experiences for the week, so here he is in his own words.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

The week was hectic and fun. I learned a bit from the folks who engaged and had a really good time sending tweets from my perspective in academia.

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

No…there was a bigger response to things that I tweeted, but the volume was far from unmanageable.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Highlights were when other tweeters engaged with a topic – science communication, NSF funding, animal use in research. There were a couple of people who were not constructive, but I ignored them. Even animal use in research did not ignite a firestorm.

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

I really would have liked to wander through my peripatetic research career more, but I was just too time constrained. It would have been fun for me…and maybe others…to explore how 100 publications were linked together intellectually.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Hmm….I had no hard and fast plan. I had five topics I wanted to put out there and figured I would start a march through my research if there was insufficient interest. I did stick to that plan.

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

Tweet as much as you can. The more tweets the more people engaged. The faster the tweet rate the more people engaged. Images of dang near anything was more likely to elicit response than a non-image tweet.


Thanks again Adam from all of us at RSHQ for a wonderful week of tweeting. Don’t forget you can keep following Adam on twitter (@fishguy_FHL), and if you missed anything from his week at @RealScientists all the tweets are collated here at this link.

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