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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

June 18, 2011
Just prior to leaving for Peru, I was told of the exceptional cuisine that Lima had to offer.  Before, I learned about cuy (pronounced “coo-ee”) – guinea pig.  I imagined...
June 15, 2011
Several days ago I came across two primate specialists in the forest. One was wearing a loudspeaker on her head that was emitting monkey calls (calls of the saddle-backed tamarin, I believe). This...
June 15, 2011
My good fortune finally ran out. Up until Sunday evening I had experienced very little turbulence on this trip: the airplane flights were uneventful, in Lima I ate multiple things I probably shouldn...
June 14, 2011
The last few days have been the most interesting. Daily walks have familiarized us to the rain forest, and we now know where to look for certain types of bugs, birds, reptiles, etc. All of us have a...
June 13, 2011
During our second full day out at the CICRA research station in the rain forest, a few of us went out with Caroline and Dan, her colleague in her research in Amazonia Peru, to the area where they...
June 12, 2011
A few days ago I hiked through the forest for the first time covered in DEET. I swatted at every insect that came near me. Finally I conceded that I did come to the rainforest with an entomologist. I...
June 11, 2011
It’s strange how a theme will keep popping up in conversations over the course of days or weeks. This phenomenon has occurred several times on this trip, and the best example of it is the one I...
June 11, 2011
I used to be terrified of bees and wasps. If I was playing in the yard and I saw a wasp in the neighbor’s bushes, I would run inside. And yet, now I am considering a career in entomology....
June 9, 2011
    We are quickly settling into a routine at the CICRA field station: wake up at 6 a.m., have a hearty breakfast, and then go on a walk from about 8 a.m. to noon. Have a big lunch and...
June 8, 2011
Writing blog posts by flashlight isn’t ideal, but I’d better start this post if I’m going to finish by the time the power shuts off at 9:30 p.m. The past two days have been a blur....