Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. I am also continuing my Women’s History Month shout out and celebrating Dynamic Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and science communication.

Introducing.... Kristina Campbell and The Intestinal Gardener

The Intestinal Gardener blog explores different topics on the science of gut microbiota. The blog focuses on practical applications of the science and also includes in depth book reviews of texts related to the microbiome. Ms. Gardner originally established as a way to help her make sense of her own digestive issues. The blog is her own journey in coming to understand the research in this area and she applies the lessons learned in her own life. As a result, you will notice how she frames her blog posts and the language of discussing microbiota. Her blog also highlights different scientist in the field and discuss the work they are doing.

Kristina Campbell received her BA from the University of Toronto, Canada and her MSc from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Campbell is also a web editor for Gut Microbiota for Health. This webpage is for experts in the field to have expert exchanges about gut microbiota, digestive health, immune function, and metabolic conditions.

In her own words:

When I had my own digestive health issues, I wasn't satisfied with the answers I was getting clinically so I decided to go deeper into the science. I ended up finding this whole fascinating world of gut microbiota science that has driven me ever since. The learning has affected me in many intangible ways - for example, now I'm careful how I speak about "germs" to my two kids - I avoid negative language because I want them to value bacteria and understand that they are essential to our wellbeing, and perhaps even inseparable from who we are.

Links to some of her engaging material:

Wheat Belly is a bestseller, but what's the science behind it?

The connection between gut bacteria and restless leg syndrome

What expectant parents need to know about baby's gut bacteria

You can learn more or engage with Kristina Campbell through:

Blog: The Intestinal Gardener

Twitter: @bykriscampbell

Connect with her and be sure to leave a comment at one of her blog posts. There’s no better way to engage and encourage bloggers than joining the conversation. Tell her you found her via The Urban Scientist (me, @DNLee5) and #ScholarSunday.


I hope you’re enjoying this series of blog posts. If so, then I’d love to shine the spotlight on additional science blogs and scientists and help spread the word of amazing science outreach. If you know of a great science blog and/or science blogger who you think is amazing and would like to help spread the word about how amazing they are, then submit them. Now accepting recommendations for upcoming Spotlight on Outreach Scientists and Science Communicators for upcoming weeks.