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50 Best Female Science Bloggers (2012 Update)

by Staff Writers

Promoting, supporting, and encouraging women in the sciences still needs more energy and attention to render the ladies truly professional equals to their male counterparts, but progress continues surging forward. While female scientists, science writers, and science students constitute the minority in classrooms, labs, and the blogosphere, they enjoy more of a voice now than ever before. And they definitely deserve attention and applause for their contributions to furthering debates, discussions, and research regarding how the world works.

This list updates our 2010 post covering the same content, showcasing more than a few new names and continuing to celebrate some of the originals. Do keep in mind, however, that numbers are not meant to be taken as rankings.

Biological Sciences

These ladies love digging into the intricacies of life itself, blogging about how it all started, grew over time, and what needs to be done to keep it as healthy as possible to keep it chugging into the future.

  1. Bug Girl’s Blog:

    She holds a Ph.D. in entomology and posts some of the Internet’s best commentary on the creepy, crawling world of wonderful, wonderful bugs.

  2. Blag Hag:

    Jen McCreight blends biology with feminism and atheist thought for a diverse read about how science collides with society.

  3. Andrea’s Buzzing About:

    Check out this sterling read for insight into insect and human behavior as well as great information about social justice and (dis)ability rights.

  4. About.com: Biology:

    Both the About.com blog and website dedicated to biology cover the subject in an accessible manner, courtesy of Regina Bailey.

  5. The HMS Beagle Project Blog:

    While a group blog, both Lisa Moab and Karen James contribute to postings about following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps and promoting scientific adventures and eco-consciousness.

  6. Dr. Bondar: Biologist with a Twist:

    Biologist Carin Bondar writes for Scientific American and The Huffington Post (among others) and also maintains a blog about her latest work.

  7. The Bug Chicks:

    Another great blog for entomology junkies wanting to indulge in some great posts and videos about the micro world.

  8. The Pipetting Diva:

    This evolutionary biologist and Ph.D. candidate harbors such a passion for her field, she “would even let science be the little spoon.” That right there? Dedication, folks.

  9. There’s a war under the bed:

    Now that she’s finished her undergraduate degree in biology (minor in math), readers can follow along as “Eugenia” heads off to grad school to focus on toxicology.

  10. Dr. Petra Boynton:

    Dr. Petra talks about sex, baby, but through a scientific lens that educates and blows away some of the potentially dangerous stigmas and myths that surround it.

  11. Context and Variation:

    University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kate Clancy uses her space at Scientific American’s official site to write all about the genetic and evolutionary components of human behavior, female physiology, and women in the sciences.

  12. Aetiology:

    Learn about disease, from their structures to how they evolve and spread here, but try not to pull a WebMD and self-diagnose afterward, OK?

Physical Sciences

Chemistry, geology, physics, ecology, and the other physical science disciplines open the world up to understanding how it all works and fits together, and the following bloggers stand at the forefront of sharing this knowledge with an internet-enabled audience.

  1. sciencegeekgirl:

    Although Stephanie Chasteen focuses mainly on physics, sciencegeekgirl also makes for a wonderful resource when wanting to learn more about some effective science education techniques.

  2. Backreaction:

    Sabine Hossenfelder makes up one half of the Backreaction blogging team, using her little corner of the Internet to get theoretical physicsy with it.

  3. About.com: Chemistry:

    Like all the About.com sites, the blog and surrounding webpage brings the complexities of chemistry to a general audience eager to learn more about how the world works.

  4. Athene Donald’s Blog:

    This Cambridge physics professor alternates content between dissecting her favorite scientific discipline and frankly talking issues regarding women in the STEM fields.

  5. The Culture of Chemistry:

    The Culture of Chemistry provides some of the Internet’s most detailed, compelling glimpses into how the field drives daily and not-so-daily life.

  6. Female Science Professor:

    One of the most popular female-led science blogs around sees an anonymous physical science professor covering higher education topics, roadblocks for STEM-oriented women, family life, and, of course, her research and opinions.

  7. Women in Planetary Science:

    Multiple female bloggers keep topics regarding the geology, physics, and chemistry of the cosmos cracking at this thoroughly enjoyable, educational resource.

  8. Ever on & on:

    Follow along as one biochemist shares her love of the field and commentary on the experiences following completion of her Ph.D.

  9. Paris, New Zealand:

    Rock jocks might want to think about heading down New Zealand way, because the country offers up some incredible academic delights, as illustrated here through some amazing photos and analysis.

  10. the sceptical chymist:

    Nature Chemistry presents a group blog about nature chemistry, featuring Anne Pichon as one of its most notable voices.

  11. Evolution in a toxic world:

    This companion blog to environmental toxicologist Emily Monosson’s upcoming book of the same name looks into how manmade chemistry doings might come to change the very genetics of the environment, not to mention the organisms that call it home.

  12. Apple Pie and the Universe:

    Partly about astronomy (especially comets and planetary science), partly about personal anecdotes and experiences, Apple Pie and the Universe serves up some compelling reading in both categories.

Technology, Engineering, and Math

Unfortunate stereotypes about the female incapability to process the STEM fields as well as the menfolk are, as these bloggers prove, utterly unfounded and quite stupid, really.

  1. Female Computer Scientist:

    Ladies with STEM inclinations and readers of all genders and gender identities should head here for valuable computer science information as well as a few ruminations on life as a woman in a male-dominant field.

  2. Tanya Khovanova’s Math Blog:

    Anyone with a lust for numbers should bookmark Tanya Khovanova’s Math Blog, because it bursts at the seams with detailed posts on math, math applications, and mathematician careers.

  3. Becki’s Blog:

    A Georgia Tech computer science professor keeps up an engaging, delightful blog on her favorite subjects: computer science, culture, and education.

  4. FairerScience:

    It’s all about “gender, science, communication” here at FairerScience, an organization dedicated to celebrating, promoting, and encouraging women in the STEM disciplines.

  5. The Female Perspective of Computer Science:

    Look at the educational applications of augmented reality, video games, and other new media technologies through Carleton University Ph.D. candidate Gail Carmichael’s vantage point.

  6. Chip Chick:

    Most gadget guides target men, so Chip Chick’s perspective definitely stands as a refreshing change of pace!

  7. Adventures in Applied Math:

    Computational mathematics and computer science are the name of the game here thanks to Adventures in Applied Math, which also delves deeply into striking the elusive work-life balance.

  8. Thus Spake Zuska:

    Because she holds “many engineering degrees from fancy universities,” Suzanne E. Franks knows a thing or two about science and technology, not to mention being a woman in said fields.

  9. She Bytes:

    She Bytes appeals to tech-oriented women who love IT, gadgets, and their applications to the business world, and anyone of any gender or gender identity can benefit from the site’s advice and reviews.

  10. The Space Between the Numbers:

    Breedeen Murray teaches math and loves stories, combining both disciplines into a resource fellow educators will likely find valuable when whipping up lessons.

  11. Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schrodinger’s Cat:

    Better known as FCIWYPSC, this blog by an electrical engineer working through her grad degree in geophysics also covers physics, geology, and math, though postings veering off into eclectic topics such as parenting, education, and politics are not uncommon.

  12. Geeky Mom:

    Geeky Mom provides edtech enthusiasts with hours of reading about the role games, social media, and mobile computing play in more than just the computer science classroom.

General Science and Miscellaneous

Like the heading states, the following blogs cover more general (but, obviously, relevant-to-this-list) content, blend a chosen science discipline with one not usually associated with the sciences, or share advice on juggling professional and personal lives.

  1. Joanne Loves Science:

    This fun, eclectic read peers into the science of everything from beauty products to Gummi bears and makes the subjects accessible to a wide audience, though focusing mainly on young women.

  2. Skepchick:

    More than the sciences (and debunking pseudoscience), the exceedingly popular Skepchick also covers atheism, feminism, and their overlaps.

  3. ScientistMother:

    Learn all about how to succeed in Ph.D. studies while simultaneously raising a family here; the fiercely feminist ScientistMother is a perfect read proving that women can harbor their own give dreams and desires long after they give birth or adopt.

  4. A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing:

    Livia Blackburne publishes YA novels and works on her graduate studies in neuroscience at MIT, and her blog reflects both passions equally, even influencing one another from time to time.

  5. A Natural Scientist:

    Another incredibly useful blog for female scientists who also want to have a kid or two, with articles (mostly medical and biological) equally paying attention to both statuses.

  6. Janus Professor, My Travels in a Two-Body Life:

    This science professor comes home to babies of her own and contends with rheumatoid arthritis, all three of which she candidly blogs about here.

  7. Stages of Succession:

    Educators focusing on the life and physical sciences should stop here to read up on opinions regarding the latest topics and trends from across these disciplines.

  8. The Bird’s Brain:

    Kirsten Sanford started her science career as a Ph.D.-holding neurophysiologist, but rushed for a change of atmosphere and switched to science journalism instead.

  9. The Bean Chronicles:

    Science, motherhood, and writing blend together into one compelling (and rightfully popular!) read on multiple fronts.

  10. through the looking glass:

    When looking for advice about science education and communication, Alice Rose Bell undoubtedly delivers the digital goods right here.

  11. Maggie Koerth-Baker:

    As Boing Boing’s science editor, this excellent popular science writer knows how to make the latest research and opinions accessible to general audiences.

  12. Now, what was I doing?:

    A single academic specializing in “beach studies” maintains this crazy funny read about both her research and the crazy stories and people that manage to distract her from it.

  13. On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess:

    Yes, Virginia, it is entirely possible to know how to totally rock a pair of heels, keep a household, raise healthy kids, and make a scientific splash at the same time, as the physiologist and blogger who calls herself Dr. Isis proves.

  14. Adventures in Ethics and Science:

    Janet D. Stemwedel applies her prodigious philosophy training to analyzing serious issues pertaining the pair of subjects mentioned in the title.