How to prepare for #SciFund – by crowdfunding science!

Are you excited about seeing the 125 hot science projects that got submitted to #SciFund2? Can’t wait the additional month for those projects to post themselves online? Want to fund some awesome science right now? Maybe you signed up and want to earn some pre-#SciFund karma?

Well fear not! The Science tag on Rockethub has been taking off! A few folk were so excited about crowdfunding their work that they couldn’t wait for #SciFund 2! So why not swing over and look at these three projects and warm up your crowd-funding chops before #SciFund 2.

First up we have a project studying stress response in baby kestrels. BABY ANIMALS! (stressed out!) It’s a great simple video with KESTREL CHICKS. Awwww. I admit, I am a sucker for baby animals. Why do you think I like trochophores so much?


Next up we have a project on oyster acidification research. For those in the -omics crowd, this project is going to look at the transcriptome of oysters exposed to acidification. Field science, experiments, global change. Pretty awesome.

Lastly, we have one that just caught my eye on Chameleon color change. It’s for a PhD student working with undergrads to look at how hormone expression relates to color change ability. It’s got a great slick video showing chameleon color change, behavior, and giving you an introduction to the researchers.

Marine Biology James Bond?

I’ve been pretty stoked about the This is What a Scientist Looks Like project on tumblr. So much so that I felt compelled to submit an (old) photo of me doing field work. I mean, when one things science, they often think labcoats and microscopes. When one thinks ecology, they often think hiking in a forest or working out on a sunny grassland. (note: these are impressions I’ve gotten to people when I say these words – not what I think myself, natch.)

So, why not throw in something of what a marine ecologist at work looks like. So here’s my shot:

Yeah, I admit, it’s kind of a marine ecology beefcake shot, and definitely falls into the ┬┐Quien es el mas macho? school of marine ecology, but I kinda love it (and thanks to Kristin Hultgren for taking it on our wacky marine ecology roadtrip).

But I was not prepared for what was to happen next. Namely, a good friend of mine getting hold of it and showing the picture for what it really is – me making my James Bond escape after blowing up the Evil Villan’s lair.

This is totally going to be the photo on the door of my lab one day.

Missing my Statsy Goodness? Check out #SciFund!

I know, I know, I have been kinda lame about posting here lately. But that’s because my posting muscle has been focused on the new analyses for what makes a succesful #SciFund proposal. I’ve been posting them at the #SciFund blog under the Analysis tag – so check it out. There’s some fun stats, and you get to watch me be a social scientist for a minute. Viva la interdisciplinarity!

#SciFund 2 Launches!

That’s right, folk, last time we had 49 scientists bring in ~1400 people to check out their hot science and fund it to the tune of $76,000. And that was when we had no idea what we were doing. And now it’s time for round 2! We’re going to have a little more community review, some training, and we have a whole boatload of lessons learned.

So if you’re a scientist who wants to crowdfund their research, go and sign up! And if you want to learn more, check out the project blog.

Because it’s on!