Holly's radio and writing

Radio and Writing 2017-11-01T16:16:31-04:00


For nearly two years Holly and co-host Jenny Nelson mixed up a lively cocktail of science, culture, and art each week on Ithaca’s 91.7 FM WICB and via podcasts. Stay tuned for an audio archive of Science Cabaret on Air episodes hosted by Holly from December 2009 to November 2011.


In a user-friendly guide co-authored with Robert Gropp, Holly shares tips and tools with fellow scientists on how to more effectively do public outreach using the media: Communicating Science: A primer for working with the media.

Articles and Blog Posts

Holly has written extensively for non-technical audiences about insects, climate change, invasive species, science policy, citizen science, and science communication. Read her latest writings on public science in action on the College of Sciences website or check out her previous work on the Your Wild Life blog.

Sharing Science Through Picture Books
NC State News, 4 May 2017
Authentic Public Science
College of Sciences Magazine, 5 November 2015
Pikas on Ice
Ecological Society of America’s EcoTone blog, 25 August 2014
From oceans to mountains: It’s all about ecology… communication!
Ecological Society of America’s EcoTone blog, 9 June 2014
What’s the future of ecologist-communicators?
Ecological Society of America’s EcoTone blog, 15 August 2013
Citizen Science Synthesis: Observations from Science Online 2013
CitizenSci Blog, PLOS Blogs, 11 February 2013
Winter stoneflies sure are supercool
Scientific American Guest Blog, 24 February 2011
Get ready for the emerald ash borer
Small Farm Quarterly Magazine, 5 October 2009 (with P Smallidge, M Whitmore, C O’Neill, and R Taber).
Danger in the woods: Stop spread of tree-eating beetle by not transporting firewood
Ithaca Journal, Elmira Star-Gazette, and Binghamton Press and Star-Bulletin, 22 September 2009.
‘Can’t win, don’t try’ bad attitude to take with invasive species
The Daily News – Batavia, NY, 26 August 2009.
Big bucks for biosecurity research ‐ But who’s doing what?
Washington Watch, BioScience 58: 390, May 2009).
Theory and funding for 21st century biology ‐ Maybe.
Washington Watch, BioScience 58: 198, March 2008 (with Robert Gropp).
Government looks into health of federal science collections.
Washington Watch, BioScience 57: 736, October 2007.
Congress considers NSF authorization.
Washington Watch, BioScience 57: 478, June 2007.

Academic Writing

Holly’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed journals PNASProceedings of the Royal Society B, PLoS Nne, Ecosystems, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment as well as in edited volumes.

Dr. Holly’s Google Scholar profile

Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States
Craine JM, Barberán A, Lynch LC, Menninger HL, Dunn RR & Fierer N.
Aerobiologia 33:71, 2017
Teaching students how to discover the unknown
Dunn RR & Menninger HL.
In The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science Eds. Cavalier D & Kennedy EB. Tempe, AZ: Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, 2016
The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses
Madden AA, Barberán A, Bertone MA, Menninger HL, Dunn RR & Fierer N.
Molecular Ecology 25: 6214–6224, 2016
The effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiome
Urban J, Fergus DJ, Savage AM, Ehlers M, Menninger HL, Dunn RR & Horvath JE.
PeerJ 4:e1605, 2016
The ecology of microscopic life in household dust
Barberán A, Dunn RR, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber EB, Menninger HL, Morton JM, Henley JB, Leff JW, Miller SL & Fierer N.
Proceedings of Royal Society B 282 (1814), 2015
Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungi
Barberán A, Ladau J, Leff JW, Pollard K, Menninger HL, Dunn RR & Fierer N.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(18): 5756-5761, 2015
Fungi identify the geographic origin of dust samples
Grantham NS, Reich BJ, Pacifici K, Laber E, Menninger HL, Henley JB, Barberán A, Leff JW, Fierer N & Dunn RR.
PLoS One 10(4), e0122605, 2015
Too big to be noticed: Cryptic invasion of Asian camel crickets in North American houses
Epps MJ, Menninger HL, LaSala N & Dunn RR.
PeerJ 2:e523, 2014
Home life: Factors structuring the bacterial diversity found within and between homes
RR Dunn, N Fierer, JB Henley, JW Leff, HL Menninger
PLoS One 8 (5), e64133, 2013
Invertebrates, Freshwater, Overview
MA Palmer, HL Menninger (2013)
In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (second edition), SA Levin, Ed. Waltham, MA: Academic Press. Volume 4, pp. 369-378, 2013
The role of federal agencies in the application of scientific knowledge.
RV Pouyat, KC Weathers, R Hauber, GM Lovett, A Bartuska, L Christenson, JLD Davis, SEG Findlay, H Menninger, E Rosi-Marshall, P Stine, N Lymn
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8:322‐328, 2010
River restoration, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity: a failure of theory or practice?
MA Palmer, HL Menninger, E Bernhardt
Freshwater Biology 55 (s 1): 205‐222, 2009
Periodical cicada detritus impacts stream ecosystem metabolism.
HL Menninger, MA Palmer, LS Craig, DC Richardson
Ecosystems 11: 1306‐1317, 2008
Herbs and grasses as an allochthonous resource in open‐canopy headwater streams.
HL Menninger, MA Palmer
Freshwater Biology 52: 1689‐1699, 2006
Restoring ecological communities: Theory and practice.
HL Menninger, MA Palmer
In Foundations of Restoration Ecology, Falk, D, Palmer, MA, and Zedler, J, Eds. Washington, DC: Island Press. pp. 88‐112, 2006