MicroBlitz is citizen science on a vast scale. Our super-sized, WA-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.
Families. Schools. Farmers. Industry. Everyone! MicroBlitz is a crowd-sourced environmental science project that enables anyone with an interest in the environment to play a vital role in Professor Andrew Whiteley's ground-breaking scientific research at UWA.
What's more, it's free and it's easy! No white lab coat or doctorate required.
We're talking about field science that everyone can do. We'll send you the kit you need, along with step-by-step instructions on how to take your soil sample and submit it to our team at UWA for DNA sequencing.
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. Simply complete the form below to register you or your group's interest and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.
Don't be shy. Get in touch. If you'd like more information about MicroBlitz - whether you want to become a citizen scientist, a corporate sponsor or partner organisation - we'd love to hear from you.