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Getting to Know Our Microbial Roommates

Getting to Know Our Microbial Roommates | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Ecologists are increasingly interested in the great wildlife diversity indoors, where they’ve found that buildings contain identifiable microbial signatures of their human inhabitants.
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Mapping the great indoors: Dr. Rob Dunn's Your Wild Life Project is among research efforts to catalog, understand the microbiology of the human built environment discussed in this New York Times article. Dr. Dunn is a faculty member in the Collete of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. | Read more | http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/science/getting-to-know-our-microbial-roommates.html? | Visit the web site for the Your Wild Life Project | http://www.yourwildlife.org/


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Rob Dunn – 11 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question: A Year in Review

Rob Dunn – 11 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question: A Year in Review | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, reflects on a year's worth of blogs in Scientific American.

 

Dr. Dunn runs the project, The Wildlife of Your Body

http://www.yourwildlife.org/

 

 

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After 2 Years Scientists Still Can’t Solve Belly Button Mystery, Continue Navel-Gazing | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

After 2 Years Scientists Still Can’t Solve Belly Button Mystery, Continue Navel-Gazing | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"This is a confession. I started out as a respectable sort of ecologist studying rain forests and then at some point my road turned and I ended up where I am today, lost among the belly buttons."


Ecologist, Rob R. Dunn talks about The Belly Button Project, part of his research on The Wildlife of Your Body ...


It's a Citizen Science project, and you can join!


Check out the web site at:

http://www.yourwildlife.org/


and on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/YourWild_Life


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An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Oct. 25, 2012 | Thursday, 6:30pm

 

Among the 15-minute talks are these, from CALS researchers:

Basement Bugs: The Camel Cricket Story
by Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for Rob Dunn's Your Wildlife Program
(see http://www.YourWildlife.org)

The Fascinating Lives of Bees
by Dr. David Tarpy, our bee specialist

North Carolina’s Rarest Butterflies
by Dr. Nick Haddad, an ecologist who studies & tracks these endangered creatures

Everning Starts at 6:30 and is free.

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Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb

Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"Applications are being accepted for a working group called the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, according to Your Wild Life, an ecological website hosted by North Carolina State University."

 

The Your Wild Life team leader is ecologist Dr. Rob Dunn. Here's his call to practitioners & professionals:

"The Basics: We need your help. We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment—our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June 10 – 14, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. We are now inviting applications for participants in the working group."

 

Interested in participating? Visit

http://www.yourwildlife.org/2013/01/evolutionary-biology-of-the-built-environment-working-group-call-for-participants/

 

Dr. Dunn also blogs at Scientific American -- here's one of his latest posts:

http://www.robrdunn.com/2013/01/11-ways-to-avoid-answering-a-question-a-year-in-review/

 

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Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group: Call for Participants

Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group: Call for Participants | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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The Citizen Science research team, The Wildlife of Your Body, seeks participants for a new project on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment.

 

Says Dr. Dunn: "We’d like to convene a diverse group of scientists and practitioners at various stages in their careers, from graduate students and post-docs to senior scientists, representing an array of disciplines including the organismal -ologies (e.g. microbiology, entomology, etc.), engineering, architecture, anthropology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, art and design. We want to be inclusive of any field that you can convince us has something to bear on studying evolution in the built environment."

 

Apply here, soon!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dERTb2l5ZmlaVW95a0tUNUlkdTYyRmc6MQ

 

Sponsored by a partnership between the Sloan Foundation and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.


Project Leaders: Jonathan Eisen, Rob Dunn, Kerry Kinney and Craig McClain

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Earth's Last Unexplored Wilderness: Your Very Own Home | Ecosystems | DISCOVER Magazine

Earth's Last Unexplored Wilderness: Your Very Own Home | Ecosystems | DISCOVER Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Biologists are starting to explore the woolly ecosystems in our homes and hospitals, and figuring out how they can make us sick or keep us healthy. ...

 

"Most studies of microbes in the home have focused on a particular location, such as the shower curtain or the hot-water heater. Now North Carolina State ecologist Rob Dunn aims to survey what’s living on everything—from pillowcases to refrigerators—in thousands of U.S. residences.

 

"Last fall Dunn began his “Wildlife of Our Homes” project with a pilot study in which 40 volunteers swabbed eight locations in their houses and mailed back the samples....

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That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway

That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Rob Dunn's YourWildlife.org Team finishes collecting ants as part of his cool citizen science project, this time in the Big Apple! Check out the photos & blog at http://www.YourWildlife.org

 

Photo: Courtesy of Benoit Guenard.

 

 

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