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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

July 9, 2012
My new hero is our field camp assistant, Pedro, a.k.a “Baba.”  Every day or two Baba brings me a couple of animals: a miniature forest rat, a bird, a giant water bug, a sail fin...
July 1, 2012
Half way through our expeditionary celebration of a century of KU Herpetology in the Philippines, I left the team on the beach near Gingoog City, in Misamis Oriental Province, Northern Mindanao....
June 22, 2012
Our Perú 2011 expedition and field course was very rewarding, with the research and creative products, and the lovely exhibition in the KU Spencer Art Museum, http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/...
June 21, 2012
I’m proud to say, a few days ago at Camp Putik, I fell for the oldest trick I the book.  Million of years of evolution and selection pressures exerted by predators have produced many...
June 18, 2012
Transportation in the rural Philippine countryside can be a challenge.  Getting away from the city centers, through the agricultural areas of the lowlands, and up to the foot of a mountain...
June 15, 2012
Children preparing for a hot field day: sunscreen and repellent Caroline Chaboo, Riley Wertenberger (KU undergraduate), and Josh Cunningham (Haskell U. undergraduate) led an outdoor insect...
June 15, 2012
As the centennial KU Philippine expedition continues, we are all continually impressed by the abilities, incredible hospitality, and hard work ethic of our collaborators and local field counterparts...
June 9, 2012
    From the coast of Agusan Del Norte, Mt Hilong-hilong looks pretty tame.  “Hilong” means “nose” in the local dialect….I guess if you squint, the...
June 4, 2012
It’s always interesting to see how people adjust to life in camp when first arriving in the field.  I am particularly intrigued by what appeals to new students—what interests them,...
May 30, 2012
As I pack for our trip (tomorrow) to the Philippines, something very interesting occurred to me: right now is the one century anniversary of KU herpetological expeditions to the Philippines.  KU...