A new #citizenmicrobiology project from @YourWild_Life looking for gutter samples #GutterCheck

Here is a great chance to participate in a microbiology of the built environment citizen science project on gutters.

“Examining this water…I found floating therein divers earthy particles, and some green streaks, spirally wound serpent-wise…and I judge that some of these little creatures were above a thousand times smaller than the smallest ones I have ever yet seen, upon the rind of cheese, in wheaten flour, mould, and the like.”Antonie van LeeuwenhoekAs a rule

Source: The Wild Lives of Gutters – Your Wild Life

If you happen to be in the Raleigh area, you should sign up.

And if you are not in the Raleigh area but are driving through there, they state:

As of right now we are focused on gutters either in Raleigh, North Carolina and surrounds. Though if you happen to be driving through, we’d never turn down a sample of gutter muck.

I recommend they call this project “Gutter Check”.


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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.