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Museum hosts award-winning author of “The Wild Life of Our Bodies”

Science, Education, Travel Editors
Contact: Jonathan.Pishney@naturalsciences.org; 919.733.7450, ext. 304

Join popular science writer Rob Dunn for a lecture based on his new book, “The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today” (HarperCollins, 2011), in which he uses the principles of evolutionary ecology to illustrate how humans have become increasingly disconnected from nature and are sicker because of it. The lecture, as well as a book sale and signing, will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, June 30, 7–9pm.

Dunn will be joined by other scientists who will discuss topics ranging from “The Secret Life of Termites” to “The Ecology and Evolution of Bedbugs and Roaches” to “The Top Ten Monsters on Your Backyard Flowers.” 

Prior to the lectures, from 5:30 to 7pm, come meet a variety of scientists and discuss their findings on research ranging from bedbugs and forehead mites to owls and hawks. Or have your belly button sampled for bacteria as part of one of the most popular citizen science projects around. Light fare plus beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Dunn is an ecologist in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University where he studies the global distribution of life and how it is changing as we change the world. He also authored the award-winning book “Every Living Thing” as well as articles for National Geographic, Natural History, Seed, Scientific American and National Wildlife magazines.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Visit us online at naturalsciences.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am5pm and Sunday, 125pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.