Another day, another Spheniscidae: thanks and farewell Michelle LaRue

Ecologist @drmichellelarue joined us in late August for what will fondly be remembered as Penguin Week here at RealScientists. It’s hard not to love these cool climate critters, and Michelle shared with us so many wonderful insights into the world of the penguin.

Nawww…

 

But it’s not all happy feet all the time being a penguin scientist…

And in addition to penguins, Michelle also covered broader ecological issues like climate change and conservation in the polar regions.

After Michelle completed her week on RealScientists, we asked her our standard set of questions.

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

My week as a curator was fun, enlightening, and engaging. I very much enjoyed communicating with @realscientists followers and even making new friends! I would definitely do it again.

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

I found the sudden rush of interactions exhilarating, actually! It was great to see so much interest in penguins, Antarctica, and science in general.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights? 

I think the highlights (and my biggest surprise) were people’s interest in my photos and even the stories about some of the historic huts – things that aren’t entirely related to penguins, but definitely part of the Antarctic experience. I wasn’t expecting so much interest in that.

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

I don’t think so…

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

Yes, I did and I stuck to it for the most part. I got stuck with some work unexpectedly so wasn’t able to cover quite as much about climate change as I’d wanted.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators? What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

Definitely have a plan for the topics you’d like to cover but be flexible with how it’s covered. People will give you a feel for what they want to learn, and I found it rewarding to cater a little more to what people were interested in, in addition to ensuring I talked about things people should know.

Thanks once again Michelle from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from Michelle’s week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

 

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