Twin Cities WRS Seminar

From Belly Buttons to Basements: Lessons Learned from Engaging the Public in the Study of the Biodiversity in their Daily Lives


Holly Menninger
Bell Museum

October 18, 2019


Holly Menninger, the director of public engagement and science learning at the Bell Museum, will describe her previous work coordinating Your Wild Life, a citizen science and outreach program based at NC State University.  Your Wild Life employed some unusual approaches to studying biodiversity in unusual places, partnering with the public to study among other things, the microbes and arthropods living in our homes and on our bodies. Menninger will share the outcomes of some of this citizen science research, describe lessons learned, and discuss how this work has shaped her thinking more broadly about public engagement in science, particularly for her current work in the the museum space.