Welcome to Tiny Earth!

Tiny Earth is a network of instructors and students focused on
crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery from soil.

The challenges are huge…

Today we are fighting a shortage of effective antibiotics as “superbugs” evolve resistance to our most-used antibiotics. Simultaneously, we face a shortage of science trainees as unengaging introductory science courses fail to retain some of the best and brightest students in STEM fields.

but the solutions start tiny.

Unearthing new antibiotic-producing microbes from the soil can address a worldwide health threat while inspiring students to pursue careers in science. Tiny Earth brings the potential for global impact through original laboratory and field research conducted in introductory courses.


Program Aims to ‘Studentsource’ Antibiotic Discovery
Science teachers from across the country met in Madison, Wisc., for an intensive 5-day training session that aims to engage students in scientific discovery and the hunt for new antibiotics.
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Instructors Join Initiative to Fight Shortage of Antibiotics
The new Tiny Earth instructors are part of the effort to "studentsource" antibiotic discovery.
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Our Network
Tiny Earth is a global network of students and instructors dedicated to discovering new antibiotics from soil and creating engaging laboratory coursework.
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