Your Wild Life
We’re a team of scientists, science communicators, students, and citizens who are passionate about exploring the ecological frontiers that exist right under our noses, from the surface of our skin to our backyards and neighborhoods. Shockingly, these familiar places where we spend our every day lives have been so little studied. We aim to change that.
Project website: yourwildlife.org
Your Wild Life Projects
Palopoli M, Fergus DJ, Minot S, Pei D, Simison B, Fernandez-Silva I, Thoemmes MS, Dunn RR, & Trautwein M (2015) Global divergence of the human follicle mite Demodex folliculorum: Persistent associations between host ancestry and mite lineages. PNAS 112(52): 15958–15963.
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.
Thoemmes, MS*, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn RR (2014). Ubiquity and diversity of human-associated Demodex mites. PLoS ONE 9(8): e106265.
Lucky, A., Savage, A.M. (co-first author), Nichols, L.M., Castracani, C., Shell, L., Grasso, D.A., Mori, A. and Dunn R.R. (2014). Ecologists, educators and writers collaborate with the public to assess backyard diversity in The School of Ants Project. Ecosphere 5(7). View PDF.
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.
Hulcr, J., Latimer, A. M., Henley, J. B., Rountree, N. R.**, Fierer, N., Lucky, A., Lowman, M. D., Dunn RR 2012. A jungle in there: bacteria in belly buttons are highly diverse, but predictable. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47712. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047712