Public Science Products

Thousands of citizen scientists have contributed samples, data, analytical expertise, and raw brainpower to an array of Your Wild Life research projects, from belly button bacteria to backyard ants.

As you’ll see below, our research collaborations with the public have yielded a number of products, including peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and books.


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



Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants of New York City

Based on the data gathered by citizen scientists for the School of Ants project.

Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants

Based on the data gathered by citizen scientists for the School of Ants project.
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