The Astrobiology Research Center at Penn State is currently developing a pilot citizen science program to study the diversity of microbes that live in your home hot water heater. The goal of this initial project is to test their approach for bridging citizen scientists volunteers with microbiology, as well as to create an initial “map” of the diversity of microorganisms across the United States.
The research group is looking for only two volunteers from each state at this time. If you would like to participate, simply register online.
View the Project Flyer (pdf)