Time to Explore the Umbilicus: New Belly Button Biodiversity Website

It’s been many moons since 500 or so intrepid citizen scientists twirled a Q-tip in their belly buttons for science.

With that swab we did two things:

We quickly delivered on the portraits. The molecular part… well, our science is SLOW. It took a few years, but we FINALLY finished those analyses.

So today we are proud to share a new and improved Belly Button Biodiversity website, complete with a new personal results portal.

We invite participants and all other interested navel-gazers to dive in and Explore the Data.

Marvel at the microbial portraits. Contemplate how many species live in our umbilici. Explore the relative abundance of each and every microbe in over 400 new interactive pie charts. Compare participant biodiversity to each other and the average.

And then, more importantly, tell us what you learned! We built a new TalkBack Forum for you to share your findings, insights and hypotheses.

What are you waiting for? Head over to navels.yourwildlife.org ASAP!

Many thanks to Dan Fergus, Neil Mccoy, Lauren Nichols, and Megan Thoemmes for doing the heavy lift that made the re-design and delivery of personal results possible.


By |2016-11-22T13:47:06-05:00May 15th, 2014|

About the Author:

Holly Menninger
As Director of Public Science, Holly coordinates our empire of citizen science projects and manages the online science communication here at Your Wild Life. An entomologist by training, she’s a science communicator by passion and practice.

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