TOP Tweeters

 Who are the TOP UK Female Conservation/Ecology Scientists?

Follow these amazing female scientist, based not on the bias of the author but a formula (yay data). Calculation of a twitter index was used to find, and for us to follow and celebrate, these inspirational women.

So on February 2013- I set up this form to ask female scientists in the twitterspere to calculate their twitter index.

Twitter Index= Number of Followers x Number of tweets UK twitter

(I did attempt to do this for all female scientists on twitter but I didn’t get as many responses for other fields (and as a conservation ecologist it made more sense) so I focused on conservation and ecology individuals.)

I understand this twitter index is very simple. And I am sure that writing a formula to minus retweets and replies or the additional recognition for tweeting at science conference, about lectures and papers. It would be a much more accurate approximation, I am sure, but this will involve me writing a complex code and sometimes the simplest formulas are the best.

If you want to be added your twitter index please fill in the form, I am still collecting and would love to do this for other fields.

These are the twitter index responses I received (and some additional ones) and here are the results.

Drum roll please …….TOP 12 FEMALE CONSERVATION/ECOLOGY SCIENTIST TWITTERS

  1. @SarahMDurant https://twitter.com/SarahMDurant Senior Research Fellow @ Zoological Society of London
  2. @nhcooper123 https://twitter.com/nhcooper123 Leader of the Macroecology and Macroevolution Research Group @ University of Dublin
  3. @Pettorelli https://twitter.com/Pettorelli Institute Research Fellow @ Zoological Society of London
  4. @ProfKateJones https://twitter.com/ProfKateJones Joint UCL and ZSL Chair Ecology and Biodiversity @ Zoological Society of London
  5. @RosieWoodroffe https://twitter.com/RosieWoodroffe Senior Research Fellow @ Zoological Society of London
  6. @juliapgjones https://twitter.com/juliapgjones Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology @ University of Bangor
  7. @hannahmrowland https://twitter.com/hannahmrowland Junior Research Fellow @ University of Cambridge
  8. @ClareEmbling https://twitter.com/ClareEmbling Lecturer in Marine Ecology @ University of Plymouth
  9. @AChauvenet https://twitter.com/AChauvenet Research Assistant @ Zoological Society of London
  10. @GMMace https://twitter.com/GMMace Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems @ University College London
  11. @marion_pfeifer https://twitter.com/marion_pfeifer Post Doctorate @ Imperial College London
  12. @sara_marine https://twitter.com/sara_marine Marine Biology Teaching Fellow @ Newcastle University

Congratulations to these scientist and I hope they continue promoting conservation science and ecology through twitter.

FOLLOW THESE AMAZING FEMALE SCIENTISTS NOW !!!!

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Further Analysis– because I am a data scientist it only seems right to add some graphs. Here is  the interaction between the number of tweeter and followers which were multiplied to get the scientist’s twitter index.

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Figure 1. Number of Tweets and Followers as of 10/04/2014 by Top Scientist Tweeting Index Rank.

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Figure 2. Top Tweeting Female Scientist Institutes in Ecology and Conservation

Congratulation goes to the Zoological Society of London – KEEP IT UP!!!

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