Science Blogs You Should Read

Posted August 25, 2015 by Anya Vostinar in Information / 0 Comments

Science Blogs

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m a fan of science blogs! When I first got interested in science communication though, I found it a bit difficult to find many that I wanted to read. There seems to be an air of not publicizing our blogs much because we should be spending our time on science instead. Therefore, here at the Devolab, we’re starting a blogroll page where we’ll keep a list of all the other science blogs we follow and when we add a few, we’ll probably post about them so you don’t forget to check the blogroll.

Grad Student Blogs

Cognitive Feedback Loop – I met Robert Lawrence at a recent NSF workshop and was thrilled when he mentioned he had a blog. He’s gotten a bit busy lately, but his backlog is still fascinating on topics such as What’s in the Measles Vaccine, Antarctic Life Finds a Way, and MERS-CoV: A Virus is Born.

Matter With Curiosity – Kyle Card is a fellow Beacon-ite in the Lenski Lab and is starting his second year of grad school! I’m impressed that he took on blogging as a first year, but on top of that he’s got a great mix of posts such as When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer and Inclusivity for Aspiring Disabled Scientists: Can We Do More?

Alita Burmeister – Alita Burmeister is also a member of the Lenski Lab and has been working on her blog for a while. Recently, she’s posted about The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance and dealing with Presenter’s Block for lab meetings.

Choice Words with Choosy Female – Emily Weigel is a Beacon-ite in the Boughman lab at MSU and is the first grad student blog I ever read! She writes about a great mix of topics such as discussing sexual selection with students, using Jurassic World to teach about variation, and dealing with failure.

Serrandipity – Neem Serra is actually a former grad student now off in the world of industry, but her insights into both working in industry and moving on from academia have been really valuable to me as a grad student.

Professor Blogs

Genes Gone Wild – Ian Dworkin is now working at McMaster University in Ontario, but before that he was my professor at MSU! He writes about the turmoils of working with fruit flies, larger issues in the scientific community, and stats!

Sociobiology – This is the blog of the Strassmann lab and is generally led by Joan Strassmann herself (who I had the distinct good fortune to meet and chat with recently this summer!). When I first started hunting for science blogs to follow, this was one that everyone pointed me to. She recently has written about the four essential life activities, teaching statistics like baking a cake, and a sandbox session she ran at MSU this past week where we all came up with research proposals in 90 minutes!

Living in an Ivory Basement – If you’ve heard of any of these blogs, you’ve probably heard of Titus Brown’s blog. I debated even including it since it was so unlikely to be new information. But, if you haven’t heard, Titus blogs about bioinformatics (that sometimes goes over my head), the peer review process, and Software Carpentry.

Dynamic Ecology – I actually just discovered Dynamic Ecology, by Jeremy Fox, Brian McGill and Meghan Duffy, recently because of its rather famous post You do not need to work 80 hours a week to succeed in academia. Additionally, they write about interesting topics like what should the editor-in-chief do and what influences the realized niche? I especially like how often they include polls in their posts, though they don’t show up all that well in my feed reader unfortunately.

What science blogs do you recommend? Do you have a science blog we can add to the list?

Anya Vostinar

I’m a doctoral student in Computer Science and Engineering and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State University. I am studying the evolution of various group dynamics such as altruism, cooperation, and mutualism using computational tools such as Avida and simulations. I love organizing outreach activities to bring local school children to BEACON as well as developing educational tools that take advantage of technology.

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