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MicroBlitz

Main Project Information
Presented By University of Western Australia
Goal
Task
Where Western Australia, Western Australia Australia
Description

MicroBlitz is citizen science on a vast scale. Our super-sized, Western Australia wide environmental survey will underpin cutting-edge research into the biodiversity and health of our changing environment. How? By digging into the soil and looking at the smallest building blocks of WA's ecosystems - microbial DNA.

By working together with our community of MicroBlitz citizen scientists across the state, our research team at the University of Western Australia (UWA) will create what we call a baseline map.

The map will be a crucial point of reference that can be shared and used to monitor, manage and ultimately protect WA's precious environment. We're talking about data with the potential to inform a host of environmental initiatives and programs of local, national and global significance.

It's free, easy and fun - simply register online and we will send you out a sampling kit/s. We are particularly interested in connecting with people outside of the metropolitan area to help us create a complete picture of microbial activity across Western Australia.

How to Join

We'll have our full website up and running soon, complete with online registration, interactive map and all sorts of information and functionality. But in the meantime, you can still join our growing community of MicroBlitzers by registering on the website.

Website http://www.microblitz.com.au/
Social Media
Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Required Gear

Once registered your kit/s will be sent to you and contain most of the items you will need, including return postage pack/s. You simply need access to a GPS device and be able to take a photo of the sample site. You will also need to provide a small digging implement - such as a trowel.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags blitz, dna, micro, microblitz
Project Updated 08/07/2016