Do You Know Any #ActualLivingScientist s?

David Steen, PhD lamented that Americans didn't, and suggested they introduce themselves. Here's a small selection of them. I've focused on plant folks because they usually get less press than the animal folks.


  1. The need for STEM to reflect the diversity in our society not just in what it studies but in who studies it is a perennial topic. Some scientists fit hashtags in that highlight this, especially if it's something that might otherwise not be obvious. Scientists can't leave their race, disability or sexual orientation at the lab door. Using the hashtag also allows prospective STEM students who see it to know that they can do STEM as well, even if the media doesn't always show them scientists who look like them or have their challenges.