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Books & Guides

My books and guides can support you if you are (1) looking for art-science resources, (2) aiming to enhance your efforts to inclusively share science, or (3) looking for career advice informed by (but not limited to) academia.


Coming in 2024!

Helping Students Write in the Sciences: Strategies for Efficient and Effective Mentoring of Developing Writers. B.G. Merkle and S. Heard. University of Chicago Press. ​


Invited book chapter on planning science communication projects in Teaching Science Students to Communicate: A Practical Guide. S. Rowland and L. Kuchel, eds. 2023. Springer. Order here.


Writing @ 7200 Feet: First-Year College Composition and Rhetoric—Or a Beginner’s Guide to Composing Academic, Civic, and Multimodal Genres. K. Kinney, B.G. Merkle, and S.C. Vélez, eds. 2016. Hayden McNeil: Plymouth, MI.


Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates. M.J. Kauffman, J. E. Meacham, H. Sawyer, A.Y. Steingisser, W.J. Rudd, and E. Ostlind. Illustrated by B.G. Merkle and E. Rahel. 2018. Oregon State University Press.


​And Then There Were None: The Demise of Desert Bighorn Sheep in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. P. Krausman. Illustrated by B.G. Merkle. 2017 New Mexico State University Press: Albuquerque, NM.

Resource & Advice Collections

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SciComm Advice

This collection highlights my advice about inclusive scicomm, much of which has been published in outlets beyond this blog. And, see my podcast: Meteor: The honest podcast about scicomm with impact.

Teaching Resources
(all ages)

This collection emphasizes advice, tips, and resources which can be leveraged in classrooms. The collection includes recommendations for good practices in inclusive scicomm, art-science integration, and more.

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Career Advice

This collection of blog posts includes a cover letter template (and pep talk), scicomm life advice, how to be more creative in science and scicomm, and more.

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Sketching Tips

This collection of blog posts and excerpts from my SciArt newsletter archive provide actionable, hands-on tips and resources for enhancing your approach to observational sketching.

Pocket guide to nature sketching & field journals

Get your copy of this guide to fun, whacky techniques that professional artists use to warm up, move past the blank page, and channel observation into discovery and delight.

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