Reddit Science “Ask Me Anything”

Science surrounds us in everyday life. Unfortunately, most of us can’t just consult a scientist when we need some clarification on issues surrounding climate change, fascinating new discoveries on Mars, or how satellites track water usage. That’s where Reddit comes in.

RedditReddit is a social media website that allows users to makes posts to an online bulletin board system. There are many groups and communities, one of which is the Science community (/r/Science), which reaches ~8 million users. Reddit is known for conducting AMA question and answer sessions where Reddit users submit questions for someone to answer through the community. The Science subreddit conducts their own AMA series where each day with a wide variety of scientists, including some AGU members!

Reddit discontinued their Science AMA series in 2018. Below are the archived thread from previous AMAs

Ozone Hole AUA– Dr. Susan Strahan and Dr. Anne Douglass from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center answered questions about the ozone layer, past, present, or future!

Climate Science Special Report II –  Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Dr. Bob Kopp  answered questions about the National Climate Assessment’s climate Science Special Report.

Climate Science Special Report I – Dr. Sarah Doherty & Dr. Radley Horton answered questions about the National Climate Assessment.

Dr. Joel A. Thornton – Professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, answered questions about how ships affect lightning.

Dr. Mike Liemohn – Professor of atmospheric and space science at the University of Michigan, answered questions about all the ways space can harm us.

Dr. Susan Natali – Associate Scientist of arctic science and climate change at Woods Hole Research Center, answered questions about the melting Arctic.

Dr. Sarah Horst – Assistant Professor of planetary science at Johns Hopkins University, answered questions about the outer solar system and Titan.

Dr. Andrew Yau – Professor of physics and astronomy and the University of Calgary.

Dr. Piers Forster – Professor of Physical Climate Change at the University of Leeds, answered questions about climate solutions.

Planetary Sciences AUA Dr. David Baratoux & Dr. Hasnaa Chennaoui

Dr. Jill C. Trepanier – Assistant Professor in extreme climate and weather at Louisiana State University, answered questions about hurricanes and extreme climate.

Dr. Jeff Moore – Assistant Professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah, answered questions about landslides and avalanches.

RADM Jon White (ret.) – President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, answered questions about ocean science and policy.

Geoengineering AUA – Dr. Ken Caldeira and Dr. Ben van der Pluijm.

Dr. Mike Brudzinski – Professor of geology at University of Miami, Ohio, answered questions about hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes.

Dr. Chris Borstad – Associate Professor in snow and ice physics, answered questions about glaciers and avalanches.

Dr. Dave Petley – Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, answering questions about natural hazards.

Dr. Jeff Rubin – Answered questions about lahar and volcanic hazards.

Dr. Phil Klotzbach – Answered questions about the 2016 hurricane season.

Dr. Tamay Ozgokmen – Part of special section of Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, dedicated to the Gulf Oil Spill.

Sun-Earth magnetic fields AUA –  Dr. Benoit Lavraud, Dr. Bill Peterson, Dr. Andrew Yau

Dr. Steven A. Hauck – Editor-in-chief of Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. 

Dr. Dave Petley – Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research & Enterprise at the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Michael Ellis – Head of Climate Change Science at British Geological Survey.

Dr. Margaret Leinen – Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography & President of AGU.

Dr. Kim Cobb & Dr. Anne Jefferson – Study paleoclimate/climate change and watershed hydrology, respectively.

Dr. Kris Karnauskas – Studies climate science and oceanography and is an editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

MAVEN Mission Science Investigators – Dr. Bruce Jakosky, Dr. Dave Brain, and Dr. Rob Lillis, studying the upper atmosphere of Mars.

Dr. Alberto Montanari – Editor-in-Chief of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal Water Resources Research.