A recent article in the Microbe, entitle “Omic Approaches in Microbial Ecology: Charting the Unknown” makes the argument that metagenomics is a powerful tool for microbial ecologist. Data from complex environmental samples have revealed unique organisms and uncultured microbes that widen our knowledge of microbial diversity . Traditional isolation of microbes using culture media has provided a great deal of information yet many organisms remain uncultured which is a major limitation of this technique. With the data derived from metagenomics, microbiologists are able to reconstruct genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes of whole microbial communities . Because microbes play such a key role in ecology and serve as models for evolutionary changes, it is critical that educators introduce this powerful tool to our next generation of scientist.