Tropes about ‘topes: thanks and farewell Gwyneth Gordon

RealScientists welcomed isotope geochemist Gwyneth Gordon (@gwynnotpaltrow) to the fold at the beginning of September. Working at Arizona State University, Gwyneth took us on a journey through body farms, how isotopes can be used to monitor health, judging a poster competition at the Long Term Ecological Conference and fascinating case studies of how isotopes assist in forensics and climate change research.

It’s incredible what information is revealed about us through isotope analysis:


And there was some sage advice for all you science models out there, it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “sexy science”…


We probed Gwyneth with our usual post-curation questions, so here she is in her own words.

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

A little stressful, but good.

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

Definitely. I ended up turning the alerts off on my phone as it was really distracting to be getting alerts whenever people favorited and retweeted.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

It was great to see people interested in my research.

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

I only got to cover everything in brief – there were so many things I didn’t get a chance to say.

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

Generally. I wanted to cover a different isotope system every day. I did end up covering C, N, O/H, Sr, Pb and Ca, so I did pretty well with it.

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

Turn off alerts.

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


Thanks once again Gwyneth 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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