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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 8, 2011
Today was our first couple of hikes on the trails at CICRA. Going into this experience, I really had no idea what to expect. I had a cartoon illustration with monkeys swinging on vines and...
June 7, 2011
By Jeff Miller This was my first experience outside of the United States. Upon stepping outside of the Lima airport, the first thing that hits me is the pungent smell of fish. Next is the obscene...
June 7, 2011
By Kelsey Murrell "Que es?" I asked as I held up a bright orange bead from the sea of beads poured in front of me for my choosing. The vender motioned to the necklaces and bracelets as if...
June 7, 2011
By Reed Niemack The flora in Lima was immediately different from what I have been accustomed to seeing back home in the U.S.  Perhaps the most startling has been the use of Schefflera arboricola...
June 7, 2011
By Riley Wertenberger Human interaction has always been fascinating to me – the way people act the way they do and how they use their resources to create communities, language, and ways of life...
June 7, 2011
By Joe Jalinsky Coming to Lima I was determined to speak Spanish as much as possible.  My knowledge of the language is a bit lacking but I usually can get my point across using broken...
June 7, 2011
En route to our first stop (Museo de Sito Huallamarca) we passed several chifa, Chinese-Peruvian restaurants, reminders of the large wave of Chinese emigrants who came to Peru in the nineteenth-...
June 6, 2011
By Bethany Christiansen We were standing at the top of what looked like a pyramid made of mud blocks, about thirty meters tall, which had a broad, dusty plateau at the top. The half pyramid was...
June 6, 2011
As a researcher doing fieldwork in a foreign country, I normally stop in cities for the essentials: meet collaborators and process paperwork for research permits.  Little time is made for...
June 5, 2011
  The courtyard   Our trip to Lima went swimmingly, and we arrived at our hostel around midnight last night. We awoke this morning to the call of an unfamiliar bird, chirping and...