Sciencing the tree: thanks and farewell Cate Macinnis-Ng

Cate Macinnis-Ng @LoraxCate is an ecophysiologist, Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Auckland. Cate joined Real Scientists in early December,

Cate opened up an important discussion about #parentsinscience, sharing some of her own personal and difficult experiences. Other topics covered included women in science, academic workloads, science outreach and plenty more’

We also learned loads about the Kauri, an iconic and important tree in New Zealand.

Including providing a habitat for these enormous snails!


Cate kindly complied with our request for an exit interview, and her responses are below.

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

I really enjoyed it. Great interactions with a really switched on community.

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

It was a bit daunting at times – I didn’t get much sleep during my week because the feed was never-ending. Good news was it was mostly ver positive.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Highlights were the really positive response to my experiences as a bereaved parent in science. Also great response to my research. There were some climate change deniers having a go at the end of the week but it was easy to ignore those.

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

I had lots more plans. For instance, talking about my future research didn’t really happen but that was because I got a bit overwhelmed with the response and was too busy replying to tweets. I would also like to tweet more about climate change impacts here in NZ.

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

Yes I did. Pretty much but I didn’t get into as much detail about me reseach as I hoped.

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

Go with the flow and have fun with it!

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

Chrissie Painting @cpaintingnz for tweets about cool insects and women in science. Ros Gleadow @RosGleadow for plant science stuff.

Thanks once again Cate 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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