I’m just buggin’: thanks and farewell Nancy Miorelli

Nancy Miorelli  (@SciBugs) is a Guide and Science Communicator at the Maquipucuna Reserve and Ecolodge in Ecuador and joined RealScientists in early March. As well as talking about conservation and life in Ecuador, Nancy managed to kick off some wholly epic hashtags during her week, notable #facebug and #putscienceonyourface.


And we also learned about some of the unexpected applications of butterfly wing research

Nancy graciously agreed to complete our post-curation interview, and her answers are below.

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

Exhilarating but also exhausting. But exhausting in a good way. Like when you work really hard on something, and you’re super tired, but you’re proud of what you accomplished.

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

Yes! But I felt like I was prepared. I used TweetDeck so I separated general notifications from mentions in different columns. That alone made it manageable. I could see just when people were talking to me, or responding to something I wrote, and respond accordingly.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

The highlight was #FaceBug and #PutYourScienceonYourFace. After I made a brief thread explaining why I put bugs on my face, the amount of responses of other scientists putting their research, trying to put their research, or explaining why they couldn’t put their science on their face was hilarious. It was so fun to see such a wide diversity of scientists and researchers come forward in that way. #FaceBug even got turned into a Twitter Moment! Which was so amazing and cool.

I did get a little push back from this. A lot of people were commenting that putting bugs on my face was a white thing. Not understanding, I invited a few people to discuss the topic and it seems to be a matter of privilege and it also seems that they didn’t read the thread or where I’m located. So to them I encourage them to follow me, read what I’m doing out here, and discuss the issue with me =)

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

I wasn’t sure I would have had enough to fill the space so I had a bunch of backup topics ready. But I didn’t need them! Everything that I felt was really important, I talked about and I even got to do some threads answering people’s questions about bugs.

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

I did! I was so nervous in the beginning that I planned out all my tweets for the first 3 days and found pictures. I even numbered the pictures to match the tweets. After about day 3, I still had a plan but it wasn’t so meticulously organized especially because that’s when I started answering questions and had to do it on the fly.

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

I read this blog post by Auriel Fournier (https://aurielfournier.github.io/tweeting-from-realscientists-biotweeps/) and a bunch of the Farewell and So Long posts on Real Scientists.

By far the most helpful advice was to a) use TweetDeck and b) At least draft tweets and organize themes for each day.

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

I actually sent out a bunch of people on my “SciComm” day, so I’ll just put the whole list here again.

Ento/Science Fashion: @RLOlsson, @vexedmuddler

Photography: @wizentrop @singaporemacro, @naskrecki @thomasshahan @Myrmecos @stefdegreef

#SciArt: @cmtribull @PrettyPolistes @Blackmudpuppy @Beatricebiology @jehimes

@bug_gwen @TheBugChicks @BioInFocus @ymilesz @Amy_L_Toth @Ibycter @AndyBugGuy @aaronPomerantz @GirlMeetsBug @JulieLesnik @BerlinBugGirl @MozzieBites @Mosquito_PHD @JodyBugsMeUNL @NashTurley @Stylopidae @IsaBetaBug @CMBuddle @BuzzHootRoar @BugsAndStuffPod @Beetle_Guy @osuc_curator @QTFlies @upulie @derekhennen @BugEric @SciCurious

Thanks once again Nancy 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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