About Rob Dunn
Dunn’s writing focuses on the stories of the scientists behind the science, who they are, what they do and how and why they did it. Dunn’s writing has appeared in Natural History, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and other magazines. His first book, Every Living Thing, was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History writing. His new book, out in the spring of 2011, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, examines the long human relationship with other species (be they tapeworms or tigers) and how changes in those relationships are affecting our health and well being.
Dunn Lab Projects
Microbes are abundant and ubiquitous on our bodies, in the environment, and in our homes, yet we know so little about their diversity in the most everyday places. Help us build an atlas of house-associated microbial diversity.
Curious about the ants living in your backyard, schoolyard or neighborhood? So are we! The School of Ants is recruiting citizen scientists of all ages to make their own ant-collecting kits.
We set out to know what species call your navel home, what exactly those species do, and how do the microbes in your belly button differ from other people’s.