Holly Menninger

About Holly Menninger

As Director of Public Science, Holly coordinates our empire of citizen science projects and manages the online science communication here at Your Wild Life. An entomologist by training, she’s a science communicator by passion and practice.

Pikas on Ice

Adorable and fuzzy, American pikas (Ochotona princeps) have become the spokes-critter for the consequences of climate change in alpine areas. These little fuzzballs, more closely [...]

By | 2014-08-15T14:51:03+00:00 August 20th, 2014|

Meet the 2014 Students Discover Fellows

As readers of our blog and Twitter feed well know, we've spent the last three weeks working side-by-side with 12 North Carolina middle school teachers [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:46:58+00:00 July 17th, 2014|

The Secret Life of Harley Cat

Have you checked out the growing gallery of cat tracks associated with the Cat Tracker project? Harley is just one of 76 kitties enrolled in [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:04+00:00 June 23rd, 2014|

Send Us Your Dead Cicadas!

Periodical cicadas are emerging in several locations throughout the South and Midwest this summer: Louisiana, Mississippi Ohio, Kentucky Iowa, Illinois AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:05+00:00 May 29th, 2014|

Swimming in Feces

Some food, er feces, for thought. Above is another thought-provoking figure from the students in Rob’s Community Ecology of Humans class. Data analysis by Ryann [...]

By | 2015-01-12T16:05:48+00:00 May 29th, 2014|

The Birth of a Zombie Wasp

Graduate student Emily Meineke had one of those ‘OH S&^%!’ moments while in the lab the other day. Best part is she caught it on [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:06+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|

Who Ate My Cake?

Today we have a special treat: Another delicious watercolor sketch from biologist and illustrator, Dr. Jennifer Landin. You may recall Jennifer’s action sketch of the [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:06+00:00 May 20th, 2014|

CSI: New York, Lead

Sometimes we discover things that we don't yet understand. We like to share those findings with you, even before we make sense of them. Here [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:06+00:00 May 12th, 2014|

Neighborhood (Nest) Watch

This latest installment of Nature in Your Backyard comes courtesy of my friend and colleague, Colleen Brannen. Last Wednesday evening, while strolling home from the [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:06+00:00 May 8th, 2014|

Your Wild Life Heads to Washington!

This weekend (April 25-27, 2014), hundreds of thousands of students and science enthusiasts will swarm the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the Nation’s Capital [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|

The Future of Discovery

In March 2014, Rob spoke at TEDxSantaCruz, explaining how much we don’t know about the species living on us, in us and around us – [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:47:07+00:00 April 21st, 2014|