MicroBlitzers are a diverse bunch. We have citizen scientists throughout WA, from all walks of life, who have been inspired to get involved by the project’s potential to help protect the environment. But who are the people behind MicroBlitz? The scientists. The researchers. The organisational lynchpins.
Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
PhD in Biological OceanographyYou could say MicroBlitz is my brainchild. I conducted a similar project in the UK, where I used DNA sequencing of microbial communities to generate the first microbial map of a country and created MicroBlitz to overcome the problem of scale when transferring this research from the UK to WA. As Group Leader, with overall responsibility for delivering MicroBlitz I work with our project and research managers to maximise the impact of MicroBlitz and the dissemination of our research.
MicroBlitz Project ManagerBachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)The job of MicroBlitz Project Manager is a diverse challenge, and that’s just the way I like it. Not only do I oversee project development and rollout, I also nurture partner networks, develop training opportunities, liaise with funding bodies and sponsors, and represent MicroBlitz in various forums. My role even extends beyond MicroBlitz – I’m here to advocate citizen science in a broader sense too.
Winthrop Professor BSc PhD FSB PhDAs Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of Science at UWA, I have a strategic role to play within the MicroBlitz team, not least in terms of raising the profile of the project and communicating the objectives and benefits of our research to a broad audience. But as a scientist, I also have a keen interest and involvement in the research itself, focusing on the analysis of the data we uncover.