The Role of Scientist Bloggers

By Keith Kloor | March 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Given the politicization of climate science in the public sphere, I’m not sure it makes sense to mention climate blogs in the same breath as archaeology blogs.

Still, there are familiar challenges (and rewards) to blogging for both climate scientists and archaeologists. So I advise any climate scientists lurking at my blog to read a recent terrific assemblage of posts by archaeologist bloggers who discuss the purpose of their blogs, how their blogging contributes to the discipline, and how their blogs enhance public knowledge of archaeology. See here and here for the roundup.

Meanwhile, I’ll make one unsolicited suggestion for the climate science blogosphere: Create more blogs like this one. As my friend Hillary Rosner discusses here, that’s the element most of us science writers would prefer to be in, and the kinds of stories we like to tell. I’ll also try and do a better job incorporating these dispatches from the field into my own blogging.

  • Lazar

    “I’ll make one unsolicited suggestion for the climate science blogosphere: Create more blogs like this one.”
    Hallelujah. And another good find. Let me try and return one debt… researchers opened dusty boxes stored underneath a football stadium, and discovered that there was a frost in the White Mountains, California, in 6414 BC? See scientists and volunteers collaborating in the field, hunting trees, looking for bridges, finding lost old knowledge and creating new…
    Hallman, C., Harlan, T. & Arnott, H., 2006. Status report: Lost and found: The bristlecone pine collection. Tree-Ring Research, 62(1), pp.25″“29.


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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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