This module ready for piloting.

Microbes can be found in virtually all sources of water. Further understanding the population dynamics of water microbiomes can improve the standards of human living. A better sense for how microbes grow and interact in various water systems could have a wide range of applications (e.g. wastewater treatment). In this module, students will select water sources, such as lakes, streams, or fish tanks, to sample and learn about what lives in our most important resource.


sample collection

Teaching Resources

Classroom Materials

Laboratory Materials

Data Analysis Materials

Analysis using Jaccard Similarity Analysis using QIIME


Next Generation Science Standards
Life Sciences


Italic standards can be covered by modifying the module


For more microbiomes, see our portrait and food modules.