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My lab welcomes students, postdocs and visiting scholars regardless race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. The more reflective of society’s diversity the lab is, the better we are. It is through diverse perspectives and abilities that we see all possible answers to a problem. It is through such diversity that we create an environment like that which we hope for in society more generally. If our lab does not reflect the diversity of society we have failed, and that failure is far greater than the failure to discover a species, get a grant or write a paper.

Latest Publications

Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States

Craine, J.M., Barberán, A., Lynch, R.C., Menninger, H.L., Dunn, R.R., Fierer N. (2017) Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States. Aerobiologia. 33: 71. doi:10.1007/s10453-016-9451-5 View PDF

The Evolution of Human Skin and the Thousands of Species It Sustains, with Ten Hypothesis of Relevance to Doctors

Dunn, R.R. (2016) The Evolution of Human Skin and the Thousands of Species It Sustains, with Ten Hypothesis of Relevance to Doctors. In Personalized, Evolutionary, and Ecological Dermatology (pp 57-66). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. View PDF.

Latest Lab Press

Scientists just completed a census of the creepy crawlies that live in our homes

The Washington Post November 2, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Dust DNA Reveals All the Insects and Creatures that Live in American Homes

Newsweek November 22, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Antiperspirant Alters the Microbial Ecosystem on Your Skin

NC State News February 2, 2016 – Features research from the Armpit Microbes project.

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