Plant get enough of your love: thanks and farewell Jen Ro

Photobiologist and plant geneticist Jen Ro (@OshnGirl) joined RealScientists at the end of April. A dedicated fangirl and card-carrying member of #TeamAutotroph, Jen truly gave us an appreciation of the wondrous variety of plants we find on our earth.

Such is Jen’s dedication to Plantae, she even started the #SexyAutotroph hashtag which really took off!

ooh baby, those petals #rawr

Jen also live-tweeted a protein quantification experiment,

and mixed it all in with smatterings of #scimom and #phdlife. Jen kindly completed our post-curation survey, and her answers are below.


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

Stimulating and intimidating!

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

Yes, my phone was blowing up all day! Certain times it was distracting and I had to mute it so I could focus. But overall it was amazing to know people were listening and caring.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?      

It was all pretty awesome.

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

I had a list of topics that I never got around to, they were outside my normal wheelhouse and I did not have the time to really research and write them up.

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

I had some plans, some other things were spontaneous like #SexyAutotroph, Sci books, live tweeting my assay.. the science “here learn this about stress” were all scripted but that was about it.

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

Have a plan! Comments and responses fly in so fast know what you’re talking about so you don’t have to do a bunch of lit searches while trying to tweet.

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

Well mine obviously 😉 @Biotweeps is a good rocur biology based account, @PlantTeaching is a wealth of plant sci education information

Thanks once again Jen 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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