You cheetahed me and I can’t believe it: thanks and farewell Anne Hilborn

Ecologist Anne Hilborn (@annewhilborn) of Virginia Tech joined RealScientists for CHEETAH WEEK in January. To say we were a little bit excited would be an enormous understatement.

Anne started off by doing a pretty good job of introducing herself

And wasted no time in telling us why cheetahs are so so great


And if you have never seen a cheetah sulky pout, well you have now!

Additional highlights of Anne’s week were in depth discussions of poop, including poop reasons why baboons are total assholes.

Anne kindly returned our post-curation survey, and her reflections are below.

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

Fun, a lot of work, interesting to see how much more interaction you get with a larger audience

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

Not daunting but unexpected.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Seeing many of Biology twitter join in on a discussion of why poop is so important for biological research. And how many non scientists seemed to enjoy it.
Also seeing so many join in on the conversation about menstruation and fieldwork.

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

I planned on covering a few different topics than I ended up doing. I had planned to talk more about conservation, but it didn’t really take off and would have required more research that I had time for, so I dropped it.

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

Yes I had a plan, no I didn’t really stick to it. People asked questions about certain topics or suggested things, and I went with those than my original plan.

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

Use lots of pictures, interact with people, and thread your tweets

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


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



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