Ecologist & Environmental Data Journalist

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Publications, Data & Code

Publications Overview

Here you will find my scientific, peer-reviewed research publications. For more on these projects, please see 'Research' page. 

For my writing for general audiences, including newspaper, magazine, op-ed, and data journalism publications, please see 'Writing' page.

Google Scholar profile here.


First-author papers


Map of exhaustive bee inventory efforts  across the U.S.

Map of exhaustive bee inventory efforts across the U.S.

decades of native bee biodiversity surveys at Pinnacles National Park highlight the importance of monitoring natural areas over time. January 2019. PLOS ONE.

Joan M. Meiners, Terry L. Griswold, Olivia Messinger Carill


Native bee ( Andrena  sp.) foraging on a moldy, nonflowering  Adenostoma fasciculatum  shrub. (Photo credit: Paul G. Johnson).

Native bee (Andrena sp.) foraging on a moldy, nonflowering Adenostoma fasciculatum shrub. (Photo credit: Paul G. Johnson).

Bees without Flowers: Before Peak Bloom, Diverse Native Bees Find Insect-Produced Honeydew Sugars. August 2017, The American Naturalist.

Joan M. Meiners, Terry L. Griswold, David J. Harris, and S. K. Morgan Ernest

In this publication, we become the first to document insect honeydew use across a community of native bees, and the first to suggest it may be the result of an interspecific foraging network, or the use of opportunistic eavesdropping cues, by solitary bees to find novel sugar sources when floral resources are limited.



Co-authored papers


Competition and coexistence in plant communities: intraspecific competition is stronger than interspecific competition. June 2018, Ecology Letters.

Peter Adler, Danielle Smull, Karen Beard, Ryan Choi, Tucker Furniss, Andrew Kulmatiski, Joan Meiners, Andrew Tredennick, Kari Veblen

Prairie flowers, Wikimedia Commons

Prairie flowers, Wikimedia Commons


comparison of large-scale citizen science data and long-term study data for phenology modeling. November 2018. Ecology.

Shawn D. Taylor, Joan M. Meiners, Kristina Riemer, Michael C. Orr, Ethan P. White

Budburst, Wikimedia Commons

Budburst, Wikimedia Commons


The portal project: a long-term study of a chihuahuan desert ecosystem. May 2018. biorxiv (permanent "living data" Preprint paper, updated regularly with new data)

S.K. Morgan Ernest, Glenda M. Yenni, .... Joan Meiners, .... (many authors) ..., Diane Davidson, James H. Brown, Thomas J. Valone

Kangaroo rat ( Dipodomys merriami ) hanging out on our datasheets

Kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami) hanging out on our datasheets



Data & Code


https://github.com/beecycles

https://github.com/beecycles

Data & Code on Github

All data and code used for any of my first-author papers or data journalism projects is publicly-available and annotated in curated repositories on GitHub and/or Zenodo.