Rob Dunn

About Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn is a biologist and writer in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. Central to all of his work is the sense that big discoveries lurk not only in faraway tropical forests, but also in our backyards and even bedrooms. The unknown is large and wonderful and Dunn and his collaborators, students, and postdocs love to spend their days in it.

Life at the Margins

Some discoveries and innovations come from big labs funded incredibly well by governments in affluent countries. They come from those in the mainstream, freighters plowing [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:46+00:00 February 19th, 2015|

The Most Important Map You Will Ever See

and other stories of the biogeography of pathogens Among the greatest of the unwinnable debates among academics is the place of humans in nature. It [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:53+00:00 November 25th, 2014|

Mapping the ants of the world

Several years ago, Benoit Guénard decided that he was interested in knowing where one kind of ant could be found. Another ant biologist asked. Benoit [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:57+00:00 August 13th, 2014|


Very occasionally, the opportunity arises for a group of people to decide where and how to build a city. In 1792 the legislators of North [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:58+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|

Hot in the ‘Hood

When we build our cities with cement and asphalt, they trap heat. This trapped heat warms our cities, as much, in some cases, as global [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:03+00:00 June 26th, 2014|