Episode 151: Biodiversity of Your Home with Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn is a distinguished professor based at North Carolina State University and the University of Copenhagen. He has dedicated his career to studying the diverse communities of bacteria and other organisms that coexist with us indoors. In his groundbreaking book, "Never Home Alone," Rob Dunn challenges our obsession with cleanliness by exploring the roles these microscopic organisms play in our everyday lives. From kitchen counters to bathroom tiles, he uncovers the surprising benefits these "bugs" provide and their impact on our health and environment.

Topics in this episode:

  • Discussing the history and the impact of the discovery of bacteria on human health and hygiene practices.
  • Exploring the diversity and roles of these microorganisms in indoor environments.
  • Discussing the importance of microbial diversity for human health and home ecosystems.
  • Exploring the potential of unintended consequences on health and the environment.
  • Discussing the prevalence and roles of fungi in indoor environments.
  • Detailing how pets contribute to the microbiome of our homes.