The Insecta Inspector: Thanks and Farewell to Aaron Pomerantz

The week of October 26th – Novermber 1st saw @RealScientists curated by entomologist . You can relive Aaron’s week of tweetage using this archived link, and don’t forget if you just can’t get enough bugs in your life you can continue to follow Aaron on his regular account @AaronPomerantz.

Aaron kindly filled in our post-curation survey, reflecting on his week at the helm.


How did you find your week as a curator?

I had a great experience sharing everything from research to exploration with the @RealScientists followers! I think the biggest hit was the “butterflies drinking turtle tears” image. Hopefully people learned a little bit more about the Amazon rainforest and some of the researchers who travel to this beautiful part of the world.

[That’s this one if you missed it the first time around, gorgeous isn’t it! -Ed.]

Were there any lowlights?

The RS community was great, but I learned that not everyone is as enthusiastic about close-up shots of spiders as I am.

It can be a shock talking to 12,000. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Definitely, but I was mostly excited to show people some of the amazing wildlife that we get to encounter in some of the most remote places in the world. The feedback was very positive and I was glad to have shared some of my experiences with so many cool people online.

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

I shared a lot of images but didn’t accomplish as much dialogue and conversations as I would have liked to. Maybe next time!

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

Just share as much as you can. It’s a great opportunity to reach such a large audience and share your work or interests.

If people enjoyed your tweeting who else should the go follow?

People should definitely follow my highly talented friends and colleagues:
@JCremerPhoto, @GeoffGallice, @MichaelTBentley, and @RAINFORESTARS

What TV show do you think everyone should go watch right now?

I really enjoy Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations


Thank you for your efforts Aaron from all of us here at RSHQ!

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