Science communicators (who happen to be women) on Twitter, per Sean Carroll

For the full story of the list below, see Sean Carroll’s blog post, Twenty-First Century Science Writers. This is the same list, but presented in the format of other lists on this site (which feature some of the users below), and ordered by tweets/day to highlight the most active tweeters. Thanks to Sean for his consent to this presentation.

Content last updated: 2014-04-18 14:30 UTC. Users listed: 45.

Twitter profile Twitter
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 Raychelle Burks
 @DrRubidium

Analytical chemist. Left Coaster in the No Coast Zone. Sarcastic & silly, abides social morays. Near meaningless disclaimer: tweets = personal ≠ professional.
Middle of Nowhere

4,471  53/day
 Emily Willingham
 @ejwillingham

Forbes: http://t.co/gDPLJOLFkE. Science writer.
The World
emilywillinghamphd.com/p/about.html

7,718  28/day
 Jennifer Ouellette
 @JenLucPiquant

Jen-Luc Piquant is the faux-French avatar of science writer Jennifer Ouellette. Find her at Cocktail Party Physics!
Los Angeles, CA
cocktailpartyphysics.com

14,120  26/day
 Janet D. Stemwedel
 @docfreeride

Philosopher, lapsed chemist. I also blog @ http://t.co/4EibV2lr2O
San Francisco Bay Area
scientopia.org/blogs/ethicsan…

4,629  22/day
 A.V. Flox
 @avflox

Cultural commentatrix. Science, sex and thank-you notes. Have written for LA Times, Village Voice, LA Weekly and BlogHer.
Silicon Valley to Porn Valley
plus.google.com/+AVFlox/about

16,858  15/day
 Scirens
 @Scirens

Screen Scirens for SCIENCE. Come join @tarynoneill @christina_ochoa @tamarakrinsky @rileah on our SciEnthusiastic adventures! Cultivate curiosity.
Entangled
Scirens.com

1,376  15/day
 Maryn McKenna
 @marynmck

Author SUPERBUG & BEATING BACK THE DEVIL. Writing for Wired, FERN, ModFarm, Slate, Nature. Fellow @SchusterInst, @KSJatMIT. Next book, about food, from @NatGeo.
ATL, BOS, BGR, CDG
wired.com/wiredscience/s…

17,197  14/day
 Deborah Blum
 @deborahblum

Book author (The Poisoner’s Handbook). Blogger (Wired Science). Journalist. Professor (The University of Wisconsin). Chemistry Geek (Total).
Madison, WI
deborahblum.com

14,879  13/day
 Rose Eveleth
 @roseveleth

journalist / podcaster / designer / science nerd / fox enthusiast / ladypants coach
Brooklyn, NYC
roseveleth.com

4,355  11/day
 Maggie Koerth-Baker
 @maggiekb1

Science editor at @BoingBoing. Columnist for @NYTmag. Mother to the world’s cutest primate.
Minneapolis
maggiekb.com

18,293  11/day
 Maria Konnikova
 @mkonnikova

Contributing writer @newyorker. Author of Mastermind: How to think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking 2013). The Confidence Game (Viking 2015). http://t.co/94vSEIcVFM
New York, NY
mariakonnikova.com

8,369  9/day
 Annalee Newitz
 @Annaleen

Writer, nerd, prognosticator. Slightly unusual.

Editor-in-chief of io9. Author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.
California
techsploitation.com

15,774  7/day
 Erin Biba
 @erinbiba

WIRED Magazine Correspondent. Popular Science Columnist. Science Correspondent for The Mythbuster’s http://t.co/5f26EwvUeS. Freelance science writer.
San Francisco
erinbiba.com

7,253  7/day
 Holly Tucker
 @history_geek

College Professor, History of Medicine, Bibliophile, Writer, Parent, Geek
my.vanderbilt.edu/hollytucker

15,004  6/day
 Cara Santa Maria
 @CaraSantaMaria

Host of the #TalkNerdy Podcast | Cohost of @TakePartLive | Contributor: @AJAm @TheYoungTurks @WeatherChannel | #ScienceFTW!
LA
carasantamaria.com

54,261  6/day
 Alexandra Witze
 @alexwitze

Correspondent for Nature. Author, with Jeff Kanipe, of Island on Fire (2014). ‘The volcano so devastating people ate their own shoes!’ – The Daily Mail
Boulder, CO
lakithebook.com

7,925  5/day
 Ann Finkbeiner
 @AnnFinkbeiner

Current job is to write whatever anyone assigns me to write.
Baltimore
lastwordonnothing.com

1,017  5/day
 Rebecca Skloot
 @RebeccaSkloot

Author, #1 NYTimes Bestseller IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS #HeLa=Oprah/HBO film soon. Writing book on human relationships w #animals #science #ethics & more
Chicago, IL
rebeccaskloot.com

36,483  5/day
 marieclaire shanahan
 @mcshanahan

Research Chair Science Ed & Public Engagement at UCalgary. Enthusiastic radio host for @sci4thepeople, science & music as DJ @finchandpea.
Calgary, Alberta
boundaryvision.com

2,586  5/day
 Lauren Gunderson
 @LalaTellsAStory

Playwright, banjo + science enthusiast, Southern expat, feminist.
Author of EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR, EMILIE, I & U, BY & BY, SILENT SKY, DR WONDERFUL…
San Francisco, LA, and beyond
laurengunderson.com

2,561  4/day
 Gia Mora
 @Miz_Mora

a.k.a. #EINSTEIN’S GIRL. Living, loving, working. Actor, singer, writer. Wannabe theoretical physicist. Felinophile, bibliophile, italophile.

Bacione a tutti!
United States
GiaMora.com

598  4/day
 Laura Helmuth
 @laurahelmuth

Science and health editor at @Slate magazine. Tell me why you’re #NotDeadYet http://t.co/cCzCb8vIFw
Washington DC
Slate.com

6,160  4/day
 Maia Szalavitz
 @maiasz

Neuroscience Journalist, TIME.com; http://ti.me/rWCQsZ co-author, Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential & Endangered, w/ Dr. Bruce Perry ] [vus here my own]
New York

9,169  3/day
 Virginia Hughes
 @virginiahughes

Science journalist in Brooklyn. Contributing editor @readmatter and @PopSci, blogger @NatGeo, lover of microglia.
Brooklyn, NY
virginiahughes.com

10,857  3/day
 Mary Roach
 @mary_roach

I write books, most recently GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (paperback is out April 2014). Also: STIFF, PACKING FOR MARS, BONK. and SPOOK.
Oakland, CA • author
maryroach.net

17,499  3/day
 Elise Andrew
 @Elise_Andrew

Just a liberal, freckle-faced slut. Also, I Fucking Love Science.
Canada

57,262  2/day
 Emily Anthes
 @EmilyAnthes

Freelance science writer. Author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts (http://t.co/TodzkESN).
Brooklyn, NY
emilyanthes.com

5,726  2/day
 Elizabeth Landau
 @lizlandau

@CNN Health & Science Reporter. Space geek. Likes pi. @Princeton + @Columbia grad. Views do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views. RTs ≠ endorsements.
Atlanta, GA
cnn.com

4,003  2/day
 Maggie Ryan Sandford
 @Mandford

Science as culture (Slate, Smithsonian, mental_floss, ComedyCentral, Walker, TV, radio + Research/Eval for Science Museum MN) – The one to tuck you in at night.
MSP, NYC, SEA
maggieryansandford.com

1,041  2/day
 Lisa Randall
 @lirarandall

Physicist,

Author of Warped Passages,

Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Higgs Discovery

10,480  2/day
 Lisa Grossman
 @astrolisa

Science writer with New Scientist, lifelong astronomy nerd
Cambridge, MA

3,487  1/day
 Sabine Hossenfelder
 @skdh

Theoretical physicist, blogger, twin mommy. I’m your hell, I’m your dream, I’m nothing in between.
Sweden
backreaction.blogspot.com

1,241  1/day
 Amy Harmon
 @amy_harmon

New York Times reporter covering science & society.
nytimes.com/2014/01/05/us/…

9,433  1.0/day
 Janna Levin
 @JannaLevin

Astrophysicist. Author.
New York City
jannalevin.com

1,359  0.9/day
 Florence Williams
 @flowill

Author, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History (paperback, 2013), winner LA Times Book Prize; sci/health journo; contributing editor, Outside.
florencewilliams.com

1,121  0.7/day
 Natalie Wolchover
 @nattyover

Staff writer @QuantaMagazine. I write (mostly) about theoretical physics.
New York, New York

2,411  0.7/day
 Heather Berlin
 @heather_berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Discovery Channel Host; Science Communicator
NY

2,685  0.4/day
 Amanda Gefter
 @AmandaGefter

Physics & cosmology writer, MIT Knight Fellow, New Scientist magazine consultant & author of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn
Cambridge, MA
amandagefter.com

404  0.3/day
 Valerie Jamieson
 @valeriejamieson

Features editor at New Scientist magazine and ex-particle physicist. Spends many a day in a black hole and enjoys hanging out with astronauts. Opinions are mine
London
newscientist.com

1,122  0.2/day
 Natalie Angier
 @angier58

Pulitzer-prize winning science writer for the NYTimes and author of Woman, The Canon and other books.
natalieangier.com

1,311  0.2/day
 Sherry Turkle
 @STurkle

Professor, MIT, and author of The Second Self, Life on the Screen, and Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.
Boston, Massachusetts
mit.edu/~sturkle/

14,378  0.1/day
 faye flam
 @fayeflam

Writer on evolution, space, physics and sex. Science writing teacher, Critic for Knight Science Journalism Tracker,
Philadelphia, PA
fayeflamwriter.com

802  0.1/day
 Patricia Churchland
 @patchurchland

I am a neurophilosopher, so work at the interface of philosophy, neuroscience & psychology. On questions like where do values come from, what is self & awarene?
San Diego (UCSD)
philosophyfaculty.ucsd.edu/faculty/pschur…

4,698  0.1/day
 Margaret Wertheim
 @margaretwerth

Science-writer, Director of Institute For Figuring, Creator of Crochet Coral Reef http://t.co/cLnUSY7fUi
Los Angeles, CA
theiff.org

236  <0.05/day
 KC Cole
 @kccole314

Author and professor @USCAnnenberg | Longtime science writer for @LATimes, among others | RT ≠ endorsement
kccole.com

19  <0.05/day

Follower growth among popular physicists on Twitter in 2014 Q1

The table below provides follower growth data for 71 physicists who were listed on Physicists on Twitter, a listing of physicists who have over 1,000 Twitter followers, as of 2014-Jan-01. In the quarter, the list gained 12 members who are not reflected below.

User 2014-Jan-01 2014-Apr-01 Change Change %
@pmarsupia 13,721 34,727 21,006 153.1%
@gonzalezestevez 1,144 1,673 529 46.2%
@FrankWilczek 1,841 2,628 787 42.8%
@veritasium 20,735 28,236 7,501 36.2%
@closefrank 1,963 2,638 675 34.4%
@preskill 2,382 3,156 774 32.5%
@bgreene 23,686 31,022 7,336 31.0%
@MattStrassler 3,134 4,076 942 30.1%
@alexvespi 1,370 1,733 363 26.5%
@RobertGaristo 1,617 2,040 423 26.2%
@michiokaku 207,150 260,837 53,687 25.9%
@corbett 1,959 2,436 477 24.4%
@sethzenz 1,504 1,802 298 19.8%
@LKrauss1 63,458 75,871 12,413 19.6%
@physicist13 1,162 1,361 199 17.1%
@aatishb 4,172 4,860 688 16.5%
@DrMRFrancis 4,902 5,694 792 16.2%
@drskyskull 3,574 4,101 527 14.8%
@gmusser 4,417 5,028 611 13.8%
@AWarb 1,285 1,461 176 13.7%
@barabasi 3,419 3,877 458 13.4%
@AtheneDonald 7,033 7,939 906 12.9%
@BilgeDemirkoz 1,520 1,709 189 12.4%
@TaraShears 2,460 2,765 305 12.4%
@emulenews 5,872 6,571 699 11.9%
@lirarandall 9,286 10,292 1,006 10.8%
@seanmcarroll 26,423 29,211 2,788 10.6%
@minutephysics 68,304 75,470 7,166 10.5%
@MGleiser 6,031 6,560 529 8.8%
@steinber 1,328 1,442 114 8.6%
@askaphysicist 1,592 1,726 134 8.4%
@jimalkhalili 49,986 54,197 4,211 8.4%
@onscrn 1,661 1,799 138 8.3%
@AboutPhysics 7,321 7,927 606 8.3%
@GagnonPauline 2,190 2,370 180 8.2%
@mcatanzaro 1,580 1,709 129 8.2%
@stevengoldfarb 1,390 1,500 110 7.9%
@grimkat 1,658 1,788 130 7.8%
@mattleifer 1,028 1,108 80 7.8%
@gomberoff 4,259 4,581 322 7.6%
@jlmateos 1,407 1,511 104 7.4%
@phalpern 2,479 2,659 180 7.3%
@michael_nielsen 5,750 6,158 408 7.1%
@orzelc 2,384 2,553 169 7.1%
@rjallain 4,126 4,417 291 7.1%
@DundeePhysics 1,945 2,082 137 7.0%
@lisamarieke 1,246 1,329 83 6.7%
@marcodelmastro 1,340 1,429 89 6.6%
@jonmbutterworth 8,805 9,381 576 6.5%
@estebanmoro 1,385 1,475 90 6.5%
@suziesheehy 1,911 2,033 122 6.4%
@JohnWomersley 1,989 2,114 125 6.3%
@elprofedefisica 4,989 5,296 307 6.2%
@sc_k 5,295 5,620 325 6.1%
@erikverlinde 1,707 1,808 101 5.9%
@JoergR 1,175 1,244 69 5.9%
@ProfBrianCox 1,296,713 1,362,242 65,529 5.1%
@benstill 1,785 1,868 83 4.7%
@grahamfarmelo 4,544 4,738 194 4.3%
@IanHopkinson_ 1,786 1,862 76 4.3%
@kyurkewicz 1,219 1,270 51 4.2%
@Adriana_Raven 1,370 1,426 56 4.1%
@JDGillies 3,338 3,438 100 3.0%
@debbiebere 12,261 12,627 366 3.0%
@slerner 1,326 1,354 28 2.1%
@garrettlisi 3,862 3,932 70 1.8%
@materion 2,969 3,021 52 1.8%
@Wis_Alien 2,118 2,146 28 1.3%
@jrf1968 2,809 2,817 8 0.3%
@dpodolsky 2,750 2,756 6 0.2%
@twhyntie 2,023 2,021 -2 -0.1%

Follower growth among popular astronomers on Twitter in 2014 Q1

The table below provides follower growth data for 90 astronomers who were listed on Astronomers on Twitter, a listing of astronomers who have over 1,000 Twitter followers, as of 2014-Jan-01. In the quarter, the list gained 19 members who are not reflected below.

User 2014-Jan-01 2014-Apr-01 Change Change %
@JRichardGott 2,979 5,015 2,036 68.4%
@AstroKatie 5,674 8,570 2,896 51.0%
@astraughnomer 1,464 1,995 531 36.3%
@Alex_Parker 1,090 1,464 374 34.3%
@StartsWithABang 1,947 2,553 606 31.1%
@carolynporco 18,053 23,568 5,515 30.6%
@astroEdLu 2,417 3,154 737 30.5%
@Summer_Ash 1,452 1,888 436 30.0%
@Tim_O_Brien 2,870 3,726 856 29.8%
@Philtill777 14,213 18,416 4,203 29.6%
@KirkDBorne 7,714 9,920 2,206 28.6%
@jakevdp 1,956 2,422 466 23.8%
@davidwhogg 1,235 1,526 291 23.6%
@dalcantonJD 1,209 1,462 253 20.9%
@PlanetDr 4,077 4,923 846 20.8%
@AmyMainzer 8,941 10,559 1,618 18.1%
@orbitingfrog 13,989 16,501 2,512 18.0%
@emeegray 1,008 1,186 178 17.7%
@neiltyson 1,563,176 1,833,439 270,263 17.3%
@megschwamb 1,098 1,287 189 17.2%
@chrislintott 10,909 12,758 1,849 17.0%
@ProfSaraSeager 1,620 1,894 274 16.9%
@telescoper 2,155 2,500 345 16.0%
@MarsMaven 1,348 1,562 214 15.9%
@AdamFrank4 4,184 4,833 649 15.5%
@DrStuClark 17,199 19,710 2,511 14.6%
@chrisenorth 2,624 2,999 375 14.3%
@shaka_lulu 2,518 2,873 355 14.1%
@peterdedmonds 1,443 1,646 203 14.1%
@ProfMike_M 1,409 1,604 195 13.8%
@astrokiwi 1,083 1,231 148 13.7%
@ProfChrisWelch 1,187 1,341 154 13.0%
@astrofairy 1,367 1,537 170 12.4%
@SciBry 2,254 2,534 280 12.4%
@Mario_Livio 3,047 3,408 361 11.9%
@niais 1,166 1,302 136 11.7%
@Dr_Lucie 9,887 10,998 1,111 11.2%
@CatherineQ 10,715 11,885 1,170 10.9%
@elakdawalla 33,880 37,433 3,553 10.5%
@Jim_Bell 2,760 3,035 275 10.0%
@albertoconti 1,241 1,363 122 9.8%
@cosmicpinot 7,261 7,965 704 9.7%
@apontzen 1,985 2,177 192 9.7%
@sarahkendrew 2,529 2,770 241 9.5%
@SciAstro 15,979 17,471 1,492 9.3%
@BrianBoyleSKA 1,130 1,232 102 9.0%
@javierarmentia 8,720 9,441 721 8.3%
@amedeo_balbi 3,008 3,255 247 8.2%
@jilltarter 1,181 1,274 93 7.9%
@lewis_dartnell 3,153 3,390 237 7.5%
@KarenLMasters 2,134 2,291 157 7.4%
@ProfAbelMendez 3,702 3,961 259 7.0%
@defjaf 1,118 1,196 78 7.0%
@AllPlanets 2,611 2,789 178 6.8%
@astroengine 12,391 13,229 838 6.8%
@BadAstronomer 275,007 293,492 18,485 6.7%
@SethShostak 12,578 13,405 827 6.6%
@astrobiased 1,279 1,361 82 6.4%
@NoisyAstronomer 6,650 7,064 414 6.2%
@plutokiller 15,875 16,843 968 6.1%
@caleb_scharf 1,753 1,858 105 6.0%
@vrooje 1,600 1,691 91 5.7%
@skyponderer 4,604 4,852 248 5.4%
@aallan 3,453 3,637 184 5.3%
@RandomSpaceFact 26,155 27,446 1,291 4.9%
@porchdragon 1,921 2,014 93 4.8%
@AlanStern 2,592 2,713 121 4.7%
@StephenSerjeant 1,302 1,359 57 4.4%
@RobertMMassey 1,602 1,671 69 4.3%
@astropixie 3,982 4,143 161 4.0%
@AstroMeg 2,177 2,264 87 4.0%
@starstryder 16,162 16,761 599 3.7%
@e_astronomer 1,377 1,425 48 3.5%
@LeighFletcher 1,299 1,337 38 2.9%
@Paul_Crowther 1,987 2,045 58 2.9%
@Ryan_B_Anderson 1,781 1,830 49 2.8%
@biphenyl 1,255 1,289 34 2.7%
@ZitaMartins 1,399 1,433 34 2.4%
@PenguinGalaxy 3,518 3,602 84 2.4%
@sinus_iridium 1,256 1,281 25 2.0%
@doctorjeff 11,563 11,776 213 1.8%
@rctautz 1,665 1,691 26 1.6%
@ArifSolmaz 1,076 1,092 16 1.5%
@Astronomer 1,654 1,669 15 0.9%
@carolune 2,456 2,477 21 0.9%
@professor_astro 3,246 3,242 -4 -0.1%
@WomenPlanetSci 2,194 2,190 -4 -0.2%
@TheAstronomist 1,057 1,055 -2 -0.2%
@powellstacie 2,618 2,570 -48 -1.8%
@ProfEdCopeland 10,639 10,378 -261 -2.5%