Professor Andy Whiteley  is a leading UK scientist who helped map the bacterial ecosystems of British soil in a world-first study. 

His research includes examining new ways to rehabilitate degraded mine site environments and increase agricultural production.

Since joining UWA's School of Earth and Environment in 2012 to lead an expert team in soil rehabilitation research, he has set up UWA's first Crowd Reseaerch Inititative Microblitz,  which has enlisted the help of 'citizen scientists' to create a map detailing the biodiversity and health of Western Australia's environment through the analysis of microbes in the soil.

His work is funded by the WA Government’s Research Fellowships Program which aims to attract world-class expertise to WA.