Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today
Lecture starts at 7 pm
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,” 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. There will also be a book sale and signing.
Dunn will be joined by these NCSU scientists:
- Warren Booth will expound upon The Ecology and Evolution of Bedbugs and Roaches
- Ed Vargo will reveal The Secret Life of Termites
- Steve Frank will discuss The Top Ten Monsters on Your Backyard Flowers
Prior to the lectures, from 5:30 to 7 pm, come meet other local 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.
- 5:30 pm Research Roundup: belly button bacteria and forehead mites
- 7 pm Short Lectures: Wild Life of Our Bodies, Secret Life of Termites, Evolution of Bedbugs and Roaches, Monsters on your Backyard Flowers
- 8 pm Book Signing and Reception with "Wild Life of Our Bodies" author Rob Dunn
About the Speaker:
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, Scientific American, BBC Wildlife, Wild Earth, Smithsonian, American Scientist, and Seed magazines.