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Ecologists share their best blunders and embarrassments on Twitter

Want to see some scientist real talk? Check out #ecologistconfessions.


Cynthia McKelvey

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 29, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 12:45 am CDT

What’s it like being an ecologist? Science twitter has the answer with the latest hashtag, #ecologistsconfessions. Like #fieldworkfails and #bestfieldworkpic, scientists are using the hashtag to talk about their best blunders, embarrassments, and dirty little secrets that come with doing science for real.

It started with ecologist Meghan Duffy.

In no time at all, the hashtag took off. Many of the tweets focused on realities of working in the field and studying flora and fauna.

Some talked about living up to family expectations

But others talked about true love.

The hashtag is still updating with new stories. Check it out.

 Illustration via Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2016, 2:47 pm CDT