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Jennifer Humphrey
Communications Officer
Administration
Biodiversity Institute

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
785.864.2344
Building: 
Dyche Hall

As the communications director of the Biodiversity Institute, I manage the institute's websites and media, steward the KU Natural History Museum's membership program and fundraising, plan museum events and advertising, and act as a liaison for the Biodiversity Institute Board of Advisors. I have 15 years of experience in university, nonprofit and philanthropic communications.

Recent Blog Posts

October 5, 2012
From small towns in Kansas to Chicago to New York, Lewis Lindsay Dyche thrilled...
March 1, 2012
A skull of a Smilodon californicus exhibited at the KU Natural History Museum,...
December 19, 2011
Snowy owls - known to Harry Potter fans and birders alike - are making an...
September 7, 2011
In the five years since the fungal disease white-nose syndrome was discovered...
July 25, 2011
Summertime means summer fieldwork for many academic scientists, but some...

Education

Master's of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, University of Kansas, 2010
B.S., Journalism, University of Kansas, 1996

 

Professional Positions

Kansas University Endowment Association
1999-2007
Senior Editor, Communications Department

 

October 5, 2012
From small towns in Kansas to Chicago to New York, Lewis Lindsay Dyche thrilled audiences with his skill in natural history displays and later with lectures about his adventures. Many of the glass slides that he displayed in these "magic lantern" talks have not been seen by the public in more than 100 years and will be featured in an exhibition opening and major public event on Nov. 4 at the University of Kansas. For more information about these and other events, visit  http://naturalhistory.ku.edu/events
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March 1, 2012
A skull of a Smilodon californicus exhibited at the KU Natural History Museum, one of largest such skulls ever found,...
December 19, 2011
Snowy owls - known to Harry Potter fans and birders alike - are making an appearance in Kansas and Missouri this fall...
September 7, 2011
In the five years since the fungal disease white-nose syndrome was discovered in New York, the disease has spread to...
July 25, 2011
Summertime means summer fieldwork for many academic scientists, but some researchers skip the far-flung places in favor...
August 16, 2010
    Jonathan Coddington is the head of research and collections at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural...
July 6, 2010
Some mysteries can be solved if you just know what you're looking for -- and where to find it. The July 2 edition of...
June 1, 2010
What a joy it was last fall when NOAA Ocean Explorer announced that researchers had discovered new coral reefs in the...
December 29, 2009
Over winter break, Herpetology curator Rafe Brown is leading a team of KU students to the Philippines.  The group'...

From the Biodiversity Insitute blog

April 3, 2014
When painting conservator Joan Gorman walks in the Panorama, she is not focused on the taxidermy. She’s looking closely at the illusions created by the murals on the wall. Joan, a 25-year-...
April 1, 2014
A chance meeting on a plane led to the opportunity to step behind the glass of the Panorama for Ivan Greene, the youngest member of the conservation assessment team. Ivan’s mother, Juliet, met...
March 30, 2014
In the center of the Panorama exhibit, an endless stream appears and empties into a pond. For years, exhibits director Bruce Scherting has worried that the pond could leak or flood the exhibit. In...
March 29, 2014
One of the most enduring images of the Panorama shows Dyche and assistants posed with “mountain” made of crates and a few taxidermied specimens, prior to the 1893 World’s Fair. We...
March 26, 2014
Sure, it's an innocent looking rabbit. But a closer look -- and a chemical analysis -- reveal this is not a jackrabbit to be disturbed.  When the conservation team arrived in December for...
March 24, 2014
Part of the illusion created by the arrangement of the Panorama is the sense that it is one continuous scene, from polar region to the tropics. Murals, rock formations, plants and other background...
March 19, 2014
The Panorama was full of families today creating their own diorama. And what better place to do it than the biggest diorama any of them had ever seen? Everyone created a scene in their museum...
March 18, 2014
Nancy Bixler concentrated on cleaning the impressive 6-foot moose today. She’s from Maine, so while she has seen these animals in the wild, it’s certainly a unique experience to walk...
March 17, 2014
One of the challenges has been to figure out how to plug in the special vacuum units that the conservation team is using, which look like miniature R2D2 robots. Unlike in a home, these vacuums can...
March 17, 2014
Conservation assessment team member Tara Hornung hails from Colorado, so rocky surfaces and mountains are familiar terrain. Today we could see her scaling the surface of the Panorama’s...