Mapping and Integrated Analysis of Microbes in the Atmosphere


Miasma \mī-ˈaz-mə\a vapor or mist formerly believed to cause disease


A cubic meter of outdoor air can harbor many thousands of microbial cells representing hundreds of species, some of which are likely pathogens or allergens. Currently, the diversity of airborne microorganisms remains poorly understood. We often do not know where these organisms come from and how they may impact the health of humans, other animals, and plants.

The MiASMA Project is an attempt to build the first continental-scale atlas of airborne microbial diversity in order to determine the factors driving spatial and temporal variability in these communities. 


If you are interested in volunteering to help us collect air samples, please contact Noah Fierer (noah.fierer@colorado.edu). Participation requires very little of your time and will give you an answer to the question: "What is living in the air I breathe?". For further details on sampling see here.