#TheTweetingBird – Social Media Symposium at AOS-SCO 2017 Meeting

The following (abstracts listed in order of author’s last name) is a preview of some of the talks that will be presented at the upcoming AOS-SCO meeting. The symposium will be held 2 August, 2017, 10:30AM – 12:00PM.

Using social media to help drive your own research article’s Altmetric Attention Score

Steve Dudley
British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), PO Box 417, Peterborough, PE7 3FX, UK
stevedudley@bou.org.uk | Twitter @stevedudley_ and for @IBIS_journal

The Altmetric Attention Score of a research article is a metric for our digital and social media age. This article-level metric measures the online attention, not scientific quality, of a research article.

Altmetrics were launched mainstream by most journal publishers in 2014. The BOU was already using social media to promote our journal articles in IBIS, and now we had a means to measure the impact of this.

Getting research talked about is not only good for science, but also has benefits for authors, the journals and publishing societies. But it occurred to us that in order for the ornithology community to get behind this new metric, it required independent, within-sector education to gain traction, which the BOU could provide.

Three years on, and working with an increasing number of partners, the ornithology community’s understanding of altmetrics has greatly improved. This has led to an increasing number of researchers taking up social media, and blogging, to help drive the Altmetric Attention Score of their own research articles.

From a study of over 6,500 articles from 10 ornithology journals, I will illustrate how authors, institutes and publishing societies can help drive the Altmetric Attention Score of their own research articles. This will include an author who drove the score of his own paper to become the highest scoring altmetric paper in IBIS; and a UK institute who used the Altmetric Attention Scores of their staffs’ research articles as a means to measure, and drive, the outreach of their own research output.

#MORails #MOScience : Tweeting Live From The Field.

Auriel Fournier
Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – University of Arkansas, 1 University Drive SCEN 632, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA.

The combination of field work and social media, in this case twitter, presents a fantastic opportunity to share your science with the general public as it is happening. I will share my experiences, successes, and failures of three years of tweeting about my doctoral work (#MORails) studying the autumn migration of rails in wetlands across Missouri. Through text, pictures and video I’ve been able to share my work, and teach people around the world about wetland processes, their importance in the larger ecosystem, and why rails are so incredibly cool. I’ll provide tips for how to tweet about your own work, create a hashtag, find an audience, and share your science.

Using Social Media at Scientific Conferences, A Case Study of NAOC 2016

Jordan E. Rutter
American Ornithological Society, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
Twitter: @JERutter and for AOS @AmOrnith

Social media is a currently underutilized networking tool by science conferences, which has the ability to maximize the benefits of the event for both organizers and attendees. Twitter specifically is set up in a way that allows constant and continual sharing of information. This medium provides an optimal platform for organizers to communicate with the public (attendees or not) about the conference before, during, and after the event. Twitter also allows people to report live about program items such as symposia talks, workshops, socials, and more. In doing so not only are the attendees connecting with others present but are also spreading that information to people around the world. By using social media to talk about the conference, science in general is getting discussed more as well. New projects and collaborations are all possibilities and results of using social media in general but especially at conferences. The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) that took place in 2016 is a case study that demonstrates the additional success scientific conferences can have when social media is incorporated.

Live streaming your science: The engaging platforms of Periscope and FacebookLive

Nicole Wood

Science communication is nothing new for scientists. Traditionally researchers have communicated with their intended audiences via print or television. Emerging technologies have changed how we as a society communicate and scientists must update their communication tools, so they don’t lose touch with their audiences. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow researchers to engage with audiences directly, enabling for a greater exchange of information. While these apps foster a dynamic interaction, they still lack that personal touch of being able to engage with a “real live” scientist rather than just words on a screen. Apps, such as Periscope, let a broadcaster live stream an audio video feed directly to their audience via their phone, tablet, or computer and viewers can communicate back in real time to the broadcaster, during the live stream, through an integrated chat module. Live streaming can be used for a wide variety of science communication options, such as interviews, research presentations, and fieldwork showcases, for both inreach and outreach audiences. Science communication is an ever-evolving set of tools for the scientist’s toolbox. Live streaming is an emerging tool that can be easily added and one that researchers must take advantage of to stay relevant in today’s social media world.

Kathi Borgmann

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Kathi in the field recording bird songs.

• Email:

• Twitter Handle:

• My position with AOS:
Chair of the Communications Advisory Committee

• My current full-time title and institution:
Science Writer, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

• My current career stage:
mid-career professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Undergrad – University of Wisconsin, Madison – Advisor: Don Waller
Masters – Ohio State University – Advisor: Amanda Rodewald
Ph.D. – University of Arizona – Advisor: Courtney Conway
PostDoc – University of Arizona – Advisor: Courtney Conway

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I write about all things birds and tell their stories for the masses.

• My favorite bird and why:
Antpittas: cool, cute, intriguing little eggs on stilts

• I am involved with AOS because:
To engage with fellow ornithologists

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Annual meetings

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are a currency for conversation. People connect with birds and what we know about them let’s us converse with the public to encourage environmental protection.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Learn how to give positive feedback even to yourself
Find a question that you are passionate about
Finding a good mentor is like gold, make sure your advisor can give you what you need

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
Population declines

• Fun random fact about myself:
When I was about 10 years old I started an anti-littering campaign in my neighborhood. I went door to door to explain why littering was bad for the environment and asked them to sign a letter promising that they would never litter as long as they lived. I sent my signed letters to the president.

AOS Diversity Survey – Participation Requested

4 April 2017

Dear members of the American Ornithological Society:

IMG_1027-X3 copyThe AOS is embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society.  Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand our current diversity and develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society.  Feel free to send the link to other colleagues who may not be current members of AOS.  Please complete the survey by April 30.

Thank you in advance for your time.


 Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society


Kevin Omland, Chair, AOS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS


AIBS is hosting a professional development opportunity with the theme geared toward helping scientists develop interdisciplinary skills. The program is a two day course open to any scientist that works in a collaborative setting. There is no education or work experience level required.

Some of the skills that will be developed or covered in this course (as seen on the program website):

Engage in collaborative scientific ventures;
Eliminate barriers to effective team science;
Execute the factors that make collaborations successful;
Build the right scientific team;
Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches;
Create a team roadmap;
Enact the five keys to leadership;
Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
Facilitate scientific collaborations; and,
Apply practical solutions for team science concerns.

Learn more and register on the AIBS website. 

Apply for Research Awards Now!

Attention students and postdocs: it’s time to apply for AOS Research Awards! Awards are open to members (if you’re not a member yet, join AOS). See all eligibility information and application guidelines.

Deadline: January 27, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. EST.

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