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Wild Life of Our Homes

Rob Dunn Lab | Public Science Projects

Most of our time is spent indoors where we are exposed to a wide array of different microorganisms living on surfaces and in the air of our homes. Despite their ubiquity and abundance, we have a limited understanding of the microbial diversity found within homes and how the composition and diversity of microbial communities change across different locations within the home. Wild Life of Our Homes examines the diversity of bacterial communities found in nine distinct locations within our homes and provides the first comprehensive analysis of the microbial communities found in the home and the factors that shape the structure of these communities both within and between homes.

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Just, M.G., Nichols, L.M. and Dunn, R.R., 2019. Human indoor climate preferences approximate specific geographies. Royal Society Open Science6(3), p.180695. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180695

Leong, M, M.A. Bertone, A.M. Savage, K.M. Bayless, R.R. Dunn, M.D. Trautwein. 2017. The Habitats Humans Provide: Factors affecting the diversity and composition of arthropods in houses. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 15347. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15584-2

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.

Savage AM, Hills J, Driscoll K, Fergus DJ, Grunden AM, Dunn RR. (2016) Microbial diversity of extreme habitats in human homes. PeerJ 4:e2376 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2376. View PDF.

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.

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

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