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.

NSTA: Involving Students in Antibiotic Discovery
The National Science Teachers Association profiled Tiny Earth in its February 2019 report.
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Diné College Joins ‘Tiny Earth’ Antibiotics Initiative
Diné College is joining the push to mitigate one of the most critical public health crisis facing the world: antibiotic resistance.
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Kentucky College to Help Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Rachel Pritchard, KWC assistant professor of biology, is leading the Owensboro program along with KWC professor Kevin Horn.
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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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