I was invited to speak about "Citizen Microbiology" at the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics meeting on (my birthday!) September 16th, 2014.
I decided to focus on two of the challenges associated with Citizen Microbiology: 1) the fact that microbes are invisible, and 2) the fact that the current tools for visualization of complex microbial community data are not ideal.
I present Winogradsky columns as a way to engage the public with microbial communities, particularly in a classroom setting. I also present the human face as a visualization tool for complex microbial community data.