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Citizen Microbiology: Opportunities for Engagement and Data Visualization, Lake Arrowhead, 2014

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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.

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Citizen Microbiology: Opportunities for Engagement and Data Visualization, Lake Arrowhead, 2014

  1. 1. Citizen Microbiology Jenna Lang UC Davis @jennomics
  2. 2. Donate Interact Online Sample / Collect Data Synthesize / Analyze Data ENGAGEMENT EASE
  3. 3. photo: ncwildlife.org
  4. 4. 40 30 20 10 0 "Citizen Science" in PubMed 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014
  5. 5. Fear? Loathing?
  6. 6. Fear? Loathing?
  7. 7. How can we engage citizen scientists with organisms they cannot see, represented by graphs they cannot relate to?
  8. 8. The Invisibility Opportunity
  9. 9. HHMI Millimeter-scale patterns of phylogenetic and trait diversity in a salt marsh microbial mat. Stahl et al, 2012
  10. 10. Projects Protocols 2014 Grant Proposal Hannah Holland-Moritz Cassie Ettinger
  11. 11. The Pie Chart Opportunity
  12. 12. DAVID A. COIL
  13. 13. @hollybik
  14. 14. MakeHuman Python, free, open source
  15. 15. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Water 3 Water 2 Water 1 W Sediment G Sediment Y Sediment Thaumarchaeota Gammaproteobacteria Alphaproteobacteria Flavobacteriia Deltaproteobacteria Bacteroidia Planctomycetia Anaerolineae
  16. 16. Eyebrows Alphaproteobacteria Left Eye Anaerolinea Right Eye Planctomycetia Nose Flavobacteria Left Ear Deltaproteobacteria Right Ear Thaumarchaeota Mouth Bacteroidia Jawbone Gammaproteobacteria
  17. 17. Eyebrows Alphaproteobacteria Left Eye Anaerolinea Right Eye Planctomycetia Nose Flavobacteria Left Ear Deltaproteobacteria Right Ear Thaumarchaeota Mouth Bacteroidia Jawbone Gammaproteobacteria
  18. 18. mattiasgustavsson.com
  19. 19. DAVID A. COIL
  20. 20. …said no one, ever. “Now, THAT’S a good looking pie chart!” “OMG, I know I’ve seen that pie chart somewhere before.” Your pie chart looks exactly like a pie chart I knew in undergrad.” “I can definitely see your dad’s pie chart in your pie chart.” “When your pie chart was younger, it looked like your mom’s pie chart but now, it’s looking more and more like your dad’s every day.” “Wait a minute… your pie chart looks different. Did you have something removed from it?”
  21. 21. Project MERCCURI Marine Microbiology Initiative @hhollandmoritz @cassetron @davidacoil
  22. 22. Jonathan Eisen

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