Director of Public Science | Your Wild Life
I am passionate about engaging the public in studying, understanding, and celebrating the biodiversity associated with our every day lives.
As Director of Public Science, I coordinate the citizen science projects and online science communication activities affiliated with Your Wild Life. An entomologist by training, I’m science communicator by passion and practice. My research interests lie at the intersection of science and society. I’ve investigated the consequences of human activities on ecological communities and processes – from the effects of cleaning habits on the bacterial diversity in our homes to the consequences of land-use change on stream ecosystem function. I am passionate about engaging the public in the process of science and moving the outcomes of research into the hands of people who need it.
Beasley, D.E., Penick, C.A., Boateng, N.S.*, Menninger, H.L. and Dunn, R.R. (2018). Urbanization disrupts latitude-size rule in 17-year cicadas. Ecol. Evol. 00: 1 – 8 https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3879.
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
Craine, J.M., Barberán, A., Lynch, R.C., Menninger, H.L., Dunn, R.R., and Fierer, N. (2016). Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States. Aerobiologia 1–16. doi:10.1007/s10453-016-9451-5. View PDF.
Madden, A.A., Barberan, A., Bertone M.A., Menninger H.L, Dunn, R.R., and N. Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. (**Cover**). doi: 10.1111/mec.13900. View PDF.
Urban J, Fergus DJ, Savage AM, Ehlers M, Menninger HL, Dunn RR, Horvath JE. (2016) The effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiome. PeerJ 4:e1605 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1605
Barberán A, Dunn RR, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber EB, Menninger HL, Morton JM, Henley JB, Leff JW, Miller SL, Fierer N (2015) The Ecology of Microscopic Life in Household Dust. Proc. R. Soc. B 282 20151139; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1139. View PDF.
Barberan A, Ladau J, Leff JW, Pollard KS, Menninger HL, Dunn RR, and Fierer N. (2015) Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungi. PNAS 112(18): 5756–5761.
Grantham NS, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber EB, Menninger HL, Henley JB Barberán A, Leff JW, Fierer N, and RR Dunn. (2015) Fungi Identify the Geographic Origin of Dust Samples. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122605. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122605
Epps MJ, Menninger HL, LaSala N, Dunn RR. (2014). Too big to be noticed: cryptic invasion of Asian camel crickets in North American houses. PeerJ 2:e523.
Dunn RR, Fierer N, Henley JB, Leff JW, Menninger HL (2013). Home Life: Factors Structuring the Bacterial Diversity Found within and between Homes. PloS ONE 8: e64133.
Pouyat RV, Weathers KC, Haueber R, Lovett GM, Bartuska A, Christenson L, Davis JLD, Findlay SEG, Menninger H, Rosi-Marshall E, Stine P, and Lymn N. 2010. The role of federal agencies in the application of scientific knowledge. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 322-328.
Palmer MA, Menninger HL & Bernhardt E. 2009. River restoration, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity: a failure of theory or practice? Freshwater Biology 55 (s 1): 205-222.
Menninger H & Gropp R. 2008. Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media. Washington DC: American Institute of Biological Sciences. 54pp.
Menninger HL, Palmer MA, Craig LS & Richardson DC. 2008. Periodical cicada detritus impacts stream ecosystem metabolism. Ecosystems 11: 1306-1317.
In the Press
NC State News February 2, 2016 – Features research from the Armpit Microbes project.