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Whale me out: thanks and farewell Trevor Branch – Real Scientists

Whale me out: thanks and farewell Trevor Branch

Trevor Branch (@TrevorABranch and @BlueWhaleNews) Associate Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, in Seattle and joined Real Scientists in mid-November.

Trevor covered all things whale, and I can’t help but feel that Blue Whale is something of a misnomer given this startling revelation:


Fisheries management is another research topic of Trevor’s, one which we learned is (and I quote) “VERY technical and mathy”

Trevor was gracious enough to complete our post-curation survey, and you can read his answers below.


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

It was fun, thanks for the opportunity.

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

Not too bad, manageable generally. And only 1-2 strange interactions with odd people (climate deniers).

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Best: AMA about blue whales, lots of fun questions.

Low (not very low): Not much interest in hearing about fisheries management!

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

Talking about the effects of politics on science, and the effects of privilege (I am uber-privileged). Also I never told the story about how I just missed meeting Nelson Mandela…

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

Mostly, and yes.

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

Just have fun!
Best advice: just check the “mentions” only part of the notifications, since there are so many likes and RTs that it’s hard to find the questions and comments on posts otherwise. It was a lot more followers than I’m used to (40K vs 6K) and also people wanting more interaction.

Also hold some AMAs when you have free time waiting to pick up kids.

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


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


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