Complementary Learning Resources

For those who wish to delve deeper into the fascinating world of microbial ecology, we have curated a comprehensive collection of educational resources. This collection is designed to cater to a wide range of learning preferences and levels of expertise, providing a rich and diverse source of knowledge for both self-directed learners and educators.

Books and Articles

Books and articles provide in-depth exploration of various topics in microbial ecology. They offer a wealth of information, from foundational concepts to the latest research findings. Our collection includes textbooks that cover the breadth of microbial ecology, reference books that provide detailed information on specific topics, and popular science books that make microbial ecology accessible to a general audience. We also feature review articles and research papers that present the latest scientific discoveries, offering a glimpse into the cutting edge of microbial ecology research.

Wiley Online Books

Offering an exhaustive exploration of microbial ecology, this scholarly publication meticulously covers a broad spectrum of topics. From the inception of the field to the diverse array of microorganisms that form its focus, this resource is an invaluable asset for those seeking a profound understanding of microbial ecology. Link

Fundamentals and Applications (4th Edition)

Renowned for its emphasis on the practical application of molecular methods in microbial ecology, this book, available on Amazon, provides a comprehensive insight into the field. With a particular focus on bioremediation, this resource is indispensable for those interested in the practical implications and applications of microbial ecology. Link

Prescott's Microbiology by Joanne Willey

Authored by Joanne Willey, Prescott’s Microbiology is a comprehensive resource that provides a wide-ranging overview of microbiology. Regarded by some as a seminal text in the field, it is an invaluable resource for both novices and seasoned professionals in the field of microbiology. Link

Microbial Ecology: Fundamentals and Applications - Google Books

As a seminal text on microbial ecology, now in its fourth edition, this book provides a comprehensive overview of both the principles underpinning microbial ecology and the biotechnological applications integral to the field. The authors have meticulously updated this edition to incorporate the latest research and literature sources. Link

Microbial Ecology - Amazon

With a comprehensive exploration of the ecological activities of microbes within the biosphere, this book offers a unique perspective. It places particular emphasis on the interactions of microbes within their environments and communities, making it an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the complex interplay between microbes and their surroundings. Link

Online Courses

Online courses offer structured learning experiences, often with the opportunity for interaction and feedback. They can provide a comprehensive overview of microbial ecology or focus on specific topics. Our collection includes courses from reputable educational platforms and institutions, offering high-quality instruction from experts in the field. These courses cater to different levels of expertise, from introductory courses for beginners to advanced courses for professionals.

University of Copenhagen: Bacteria and Chronic Infections

Offered by the University of Copenhagen, the ‘Bacteria and Chronic Infections’ course is a comprehensive exploration into the world of bacterial infections. It delves into the intricacies of how bacteria cause infections, why some infections become chronic, and how our body responds to such invasions. The course is ideal for learners with an interest in medical microbiology and infectious diseases. It provides an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field and engage with a global community of learners. Link

Technical University of Denmark (DTU): Antimicrobial resistance - theory and methods

The ‘Antimicrobial resistance – theory and methods’ course, provided by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is a comprehensive study of antimicrobial resistance. It delves into the theoretical aspects of antimicrobial resistance and provides practical methods to study this pressing issue. The course is designed for intermediate learners and provides a deep understanding of one of the most significant challenges in modern microbiology. Link

Environmental Microbiology | UF Microbiology & Cell Science Online

The University of Florida offers an in-depth course on ‘Environmental Microbiology’. It covers a broad range of topics, including microbial diversity, microbial ecology, and the role of microbes in environmental processes. The course is designed to be flexible and is offered entirely online, making it accessible to learners worldwide. It provides a detailed understanding of how microbes interact with and shape our environment. Link

American Museum of Natural History: Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

The ‘Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation’ course, offered by the American Museum of Natural History, provides a comprehensive overview of ecology, including microbial ecology. It covers a broad range of topics, from the dynamics of ecosystems to conservation efforts. The course also delves into the role of microbes in these processes, providing a holistic understanding of ecology. Link

Duke University: Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Duke University offers a course titled ‘Microbial Ecology and Evolution’, which surveys the latest advances in the field of environmental and evolutionary microbiology. The course covers a broad range of topics, from bacterial phylogeny and molecular ecology to the evolution of drug resistance and microbial genomics. It provides learners with a deep understanding of the current state of knowledge in microbial ecology and evolution. Link

Multimedia Content

Multimedia content offers engaging and interactive learning experiences. Our collection includes videos, podcasts, and interactive websites that cover various aspects of microbial ecology. These resources offer visual and auditory learners an alternative to text-based materials, making learning more accessible and enjoyable. They include lectures from experts, documentaries that explore real-world applications of microbial ecology, and interactive simulations that allow learners to experiment with microbial processes.

"The Secret Life of Microbes"

A captivating documentary by the BBC, “The Secret Life of Microbes” delves into the fascinating world of microbes, exploring their diversity, their crucial role in ecosystems, and their impact on human health. The documentary combines stunning visuals with expert commentary, making it an engaging and informative resource for anyone interested in microbial ecology.

"Microbial Mysteries: A Virtual Field Trip"

Produced by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, “Microbial Mysteries: A Virtual Field Trip” is an interactive video that takes viewers on a journey through various microbial habitats. The video features interviews with scientists, interactive quizzes, and 3D models of microbes, offering a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.


MicrobeWorld is a podcast that explores the latest research in microbiology. Each episode features interviews with leading scientists, discussions on hot topics in microbiology, and insights into the microbial world around us. The podcast is a great resource for keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in microbial ecology

"Biosphere 2 Podcast: Microbial Ecology"

Hosted by Dr. Steve Allison, a Professor of Ecology at the University of California Irvine, this episode of the Biosphere 2 Podcast delves into the intricacies of microbial ecology. Dr. Allison’s expert insights, combined with the engaging format of the podcast, make this a must-listen for anyone interested in microbial ecology.

"Winogradsky Column: Microbial Ecology in a Bottle"

Offered by HHMI BioInteractive, this interactive simulation allows users to create their own Winogradsky column, a simple device for cultivating a wide variety of microorganisms. Users can manipulate various parameters and observe the resulting changes in the microbial community, providing a hands-on experience of microbial ecology.

Resources for Educators and Students

For educators and students, we offer a range of resources designed to support teaching and learning in microbial ecology. These include lesson plans, activities, and experiments that can be used in the classroom or at home. These resources are designed to engage students, promote active learning, and reinforce key concepts. They cover a range of topics and cater to different age groups and levels of expertise, making them a valuable tool for educators.

"Microbiology Activities for High School Students"

By Jessica Popescu is a resource that provides a variety of microbiology activities designed specifically for high school students. The activities cover a range of topics, including the microbiome and diseases caused by germs, making it a comprehensive resource for educators teaching microbiology at the high school level. source

"Microbiology Projects, Lessons, Activities - Science Buddies"

Is a platform that offers a collection of microbiology projects and activities. The platform includes experiments that are easy to set up and perfect for home or school, making it a valuable resource for both educators and students. source

"Using Microbial Ecology to Teach Experimental Design and Sampling Methods"

Lesson plan from the American Society for Microbiology is a resource that uses microbial ecology to teach students about experimental design and sampling methods. The lesson plan includes three activities that take a quantitative approach to these topics. source

"Materials for developing a microbial ecology course"

Is a resource from the University of California, Irvine that provides materials for developing a course on microbial ecology. The materials cover the scope of microbial ecology, its relation to general ecology, and its history, making it a comprehensive resource for educators. source

"High School, Microbiology Science Experiments"

From Science Buddies is a resource that offers a collection of microbiology experiments designed specifically for high school students. The experiments cover a range of topics and are easy to set up, making them a valuable tool for educators. source

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