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About me[edit]

I'm Femke (pron: FEM-kuh, listen), a lecturer in innovation, energy and climate at the University of Exeter who dabbles in complexity economics (university profile). My work focuses on the power sector, and specifically the role of solar power and storage. Before, I did a PhD on climate change.

Accurate and neutral information about climate change or other contentious topics can help us make informed decisions and make the topic less polarised. Also, people are wrong on the internet. I'm passionate about making Wikipedia articles easier to understand, as us experts like to correct people that are wrong on the internet with fancy words.

I support User:TatjanaBaleta, who works as a Wikimedia Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter, as part of my job. I will generally not edit directly for this project, but will be organising a edit-a-thon as part of the module I teach, and may improve edits from students.

I live with two zebra finches and a human.

My collection of barnstars and the like

Editing interests[edit]

I started editing on the Dutch Wikipedia in 2013, mostly articles on physics, climate change and women in science (User page). Around 2018 I became active here, working on climate change and energy articles. As a picture can say more than a thousand words, I've dedicated some time to improving climate change graphs. I started an cross-language effort get climate denial removed after a BBC journalist found widespread misinformation.

Outside of climate / energy, I work on multi-system illnesses such as long COVID, after I became ill with the condition myself. You can sometimes also find me at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions or closing reviews at Wikipedia:Good article reassessment.

Featured and good content[edit]


  1. Sustainable energy (with Clayoquot)
  2.   Climate change (saved at FAR)
  3.   Antarctica (saved at FAR with Devonian Wombat and Amitchell125)
  4.   Earth (saved at FAR)


  1. Sea level rise
  2. Greta Thunberg
  3. Climate sensitivity
  4. Climate system
  5. Paris Agreement
  6.   David Attenborough (with Lee Vilenski)
  7. Tipping points in the climate system
  8. Effects of climate change
  9. Long COVID
  10. Melvin Ramsay
  11. Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (with Ward20 and The Quirky Kitty)

2024 goals[edit]

  1. Get myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome to FA
  2. Improve the WP:RfA process with a more standard democratic process
  3. Work on more articles about prominent women and their work in ME/CFS, such as creating Judith Rosmalen and bringing Unrest (2017 film) to GA.

How to write better articles[edit]