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Publications

I have published 300+ articles and essays in academic and popular outlets such as American Scientist, Ecology & SocietyEdibleMissoula, Fair Chase, Nature, and Western Confluence, along with numerous films, websites, and image outlets. I have listed select academic and popular publications below. Please refer to my CV for a complete vita of publications, art exhibits, and more.

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Academic & ac-adjacent publications

Refereed publications

2023

Invited book chapter. Merkle, B.G. Integrating art and science to effectively share knowledge. Interpreting Science at Museums and Historic Sites. Solicited by editors Debra A. Reid, Karen-Beth G. Scholthof, and David D. Vail. Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2023 (forthcoming). Refereed. Manuscript accepted October 2022.

2023

Invited book chapter. Merkle, B.G. 2023. Developing a SciComm Project Plan. Solicited by Drs. S. Rowland and L. Kuchel, eds., University of Queensland. Teaching Science Students to Communicate: A Practical Guide. Springer. Pre-order link.

2022

Invited. Merkle, B.G., S. Bayer, P. Shukla*, and E. Valdez-Ward*. 2022. Sharing science through shared values, goals, and stories: An evidence-based approach to making science matter. Human-Wildlife Interactions 15(3). https://doi.org/10.26077/9wss-av78

2022

Invited. Deanna, R., B.G. Merkle, I. Baxter, K.P. Chun, R. Zuo, L.M. Diele-Viegas, P. Geesink, V. Aschero, D. Navarro-Rosenblatt, A. Bortolus, P.A. Ribone, E. Welchen, M.J. de Leone, S. Oliferuk, N.H. Oleas, M. Grossi, A. Cosacov, S. Knapp, A. López-Mendez, G.A. Auge. 2022. Community voices: The importance of diverse networks in academic mentorship. Nature Communication 13, 1681: 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28667-0

2022

Merkle, B.G. 2022. Writing Science: Leveraging the Annotated Bibliography as a Writing Tool. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 103(1): e01936. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1936

2021

Rust, N.A., L. Rehackova, F. Naab, A. Abrams, C. Hughes, B.G. Merkle, B. Clark, and S. Tindale. 2021. What does the UK public want farmland to look like? Visualizing a publicly informed landscape management policy via arts-based, mixed-methods approaches to public consultation and the future of British agricultural lands policy. Land Use Policy 106: 105445. doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105445

2021

Invited editor and co-lead author. Strickland, J.¨, B.G. Merkle¨, P. Deibert, H. Nikonow, D. Edmunds, S. Soileau, T. Messmer, C. Rose, B. Kenna, and M. McFadzen. 2021. Communication and Public Engagement, Chapter T. in T.E. Remington, P.A. Deibert, S.E. Hanser, D.M. Davis, L.A. Robb, and J.L. Welty, J.L. 2021. Sagebrush conservation strategy—Challenges to sagebrush conservation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1125. Pp 239-246. Reston, VA: U.S. Geological Survey. doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201125.

2021

Mahler, R.L., M. Krzic, B.G. Merkle, C. Moorberg, and E. Brevik. 2021. Natural sciences education in a COVID-19 world. Natural Sciences Education 50:e20067. https://doi.org/10.1002/nse2.20067.

2021

Smith, N.* and B.G. Merkle. 2021. Writing Science: Meaning-Making in Science Communication: A Case for Precision in Word Choice. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 102(1): e01794. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1794.

2020

Merkle, B.G., B. Barber, and M. Carling. 2020. Drawn to natural history: enhancing field courses with drawing and field journal instruction. Natural Sciences Education 49(1): e200019, 1-14. doi.org/10.1002/nse2.20019.

2020

Kenney, M., F., Davis, A., Sutton-Grier, S., Anderson, E. Cloyd, B.G. Merkle, K. Schwarz, and T. Watkins. 2020. Increasing the Impact of Public Engagement Within and Beyond the Ecological Society of America. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 101(4): e01773. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1773

2020

Invited co-author and process co-facilitator. Kenney, M.A.¨, F. Davis¨, S. Anderson, A. Caldas, E. Cloyd, M. Duffy, A. Hettinger, M. Hurteau, B.G. Merkle¨, N. Nadkarni, A. Stanley, A. Sutton-Grier, and T. Watkins. 2020.  Strategy to increase the impact of public engagement within and beyond the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Ecological Society of America. White paper submitted March 2020 to ESA Governing Board. Authors listed in alphabetical order after lead co-authors. View: doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1773.

2020

Merkle, B.G. 2020. Writing Science: Leveraging a Few Techniques from Creative Writing Towards Writing More Effectively. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 101(2): e01650. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1650

2020

Hettinger, A. B.G. Merkle, K. Schwarz, S. Bayer, E. Whalen, and J. Purrenhage. 2020. Human Dimensions: Communication & Engagement, Where Ecology and Human Dimensions Meet. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 101(1): e01641. https://doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1641

2020

Invited co-author. Day One Project: A Federal Strategy for Science Engagement. 2020. Co-authored with numerous contributors from the Day One Project, Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society, Leaders in Science and Technology Engagement (LISTEN) Network, and the Kavli Foundation. View: https://www.dayoneproject.org/post/a-federal-strategy-for-science-engagement.  

2019

Invited. Merkle, B.G., M. Downs, and A. Hettinger. 2019. In the space between: Public information officers in science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(8): 474-475. doi.org/10.1002/fee.2102.

2019

Jakopak, J.P.*, K.L. Monteith, and Merkle, B.G. 2019. Writing Science: Improving Understanding and Communication Skills with the “Unessay.” The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 100(4): e01610. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1610.

2019

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2019. Writing Science: Best Practices for the Images that Accompany Your Writing. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 100(2): e01536. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1536.

2019

Invited. Byerley, P.*¨, B.G. Merkle¨, and M. Hepner*. 2019. Renewed Hope for Coastal Marshes in Louisiana. American Scientist 107(2): 98-105. doi.org/10.1511/2019.107.2.98­­.

2019

Invited. Merkle, B.G., M. Downs, and A. Hettinger. 2019. In the space between: Public information officers in science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(8): 474-475. doi.org/10.1002/fee.2102.

2019

Merkle, B.G. 2019. Writing Science: Transforming Students’ Science Writing by Tapping into Writing Instruction Scholarship and Best Practices. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 100(1): e01487. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1487.

2019

Hettinger, A., A. Kumar, T. Eaves, S. Anderson, B.G. Merkle, and S. Bayer. 2019. Extending the Vision: Highlighting the Human Dimensions of the Ecological Society of America. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 100(4): e01595. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1595.

2018

Januchowski-Hartley, S.R.*, N. Sopinka, N., B.G. Merkle, C. Lux, A. Zivian, P. Goff, and S. Oester*. 2018. Poetry as a creative practice to enhance engagement and learning in conservation science. BioScience 68(10): biy105. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy105.

2018

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Perspective: Drawn to Science. Outlook: Science and Technology Education. Nature 562: S8-S9. doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-06832-0.

2018

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Tips for communicating your science with the press: Approaching journalists. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 99(4): e01430. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1430.

2018

Invited. Christensen, K.¨, B.G. Merkle¨, and B. Marsicek. 2018. Integrating Art, Science, and Community Engagement: The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Ballengée Project. Informal Learning Review 148(1): 21-27.

2018

Invited. Ellison, A., C. LeRoy, K. Landesbergen, E. Bosanquet, D. B. Borden, P. CaraDonna, K. Cheney, R. Crystal-Ornelas, A. DeFreece, L. Goralnik, E. Irons, B.G. Merkle, K. O'Connell, C. Penick, L. Rustad, M. Schulze, N. Waser, and L. 2018. Art/Science Collaborations: new Explorations of Ecological Systems, Values, and their Feedbacks. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 99(2): 180-191. doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1384.

2018

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Book Review: The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science, 2nd ed. Scott L. Montgomery. 2017. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois. 336 pp. $25.00 paperback. ISBN: 9780226144504. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21606

2018

Kauffman, Matthew J., James E. Meacham, Hall Sawyer, Alethea Y. Steingisser, William J. Rudd and Emilene Ostlind. Illustrated by B.G. Merkle and E. Rahel. 2018. Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming's Ungulates. Oregon State University Press.

2017

Polfus, J.L.*, D. Simmons, M. Neyelle, W. Bayha, F. Andrew, L. Andrew, B.G. Merkle, K. Rice, and M. Manseau. 2017. Creative Convergence: Exploring Biocultural Diversity through Art. Ecology and Society 22(2): 4. doi.org/10.5751/ES-08711-220204.

2017

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

2016

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

2015

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2015. Why scientists (even nonartists) should draw. Crastina. (view article)

2013

Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Book Review: Whole Measures only partially measures up. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. (view review)

Select popular publications

Refereed publications

  1. Invited. Shukla, P, S. Ul-Hasan, V. Balasubramanyam, W. Bohon, R. Conneely, D. Coyle, R. Dhamale, L. Krsova, B.G. Merkle, M. Neil, M. Schmehl, and M. Wilkins (in alphabetical order following co-lead authors). 2019. Scientists, Meet Twitter. The Xylom. (view article)

  2. Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Poll Results: Why (some) people do and don’t teach writing in science courses. Dynamic Ecology. www.dynamicecology.wordpress.com.

  3. Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Wild Migrations: A new atlas puts Wyoming’s ungulate migrations on the map. UWYO Magazine. 20(1): 68-69.

  4. Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. A Forest After Fire: Regeneration, Resurrection, and Responsibility. Root & Star magazine. Issue 19.

  5. Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Marvelous Maiasaura: The ‘Good Mother Lizard’ Who Changed How We Think about Dinosaurs. Root & Star magazine. Issue 14.

  6. Invited. Merkle, B.G. 2018. Invisible Journeys: Wyoming’s Incredible, Migratory Pronghorn. Root & Star magazine. Issue 13.

  7. Merkle, B.G. 2017. Amphibious Citizen Scientists. Western Confluence. (view article; I also created the accompanying illustrations and photos.)

  8. Merkle, B.G. 2016-present. Illustrated natural history column in root and star children’s magazine. (view magazine website)

  9. Merkle, B.G. 2016. Drawn to Caribou. American Scientist 104(1): 16-18. (view article)

  10. Merkle, B.G. 2015. Drawn to Québec: An eel is an eel is an eel, or is it? Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  11. Merkle, B.G. 2015. Drawn to the West: Rare fireflies light up Montana. Laramie Boomerang. (view article)

  12. Merkle, B.G. 2015. Drawn to the West: What's wrong with that sagebrush? Laramie Boomerang. (view article)

  13. Merkle, B.G. 2015. Clean and Unclean: Eating Meat. The Learned Pig. (view article)

  14. Merkle, B.G. 2014. Drawn to Québec: The buzz about bees. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  15. Merkle, B.G., editor. 2014. Celebrating 25 Years of Chronicling Our Community: The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, North America’s Oldest Newspaper (since 1764). Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. 250th anniversary special edition magazine I edited and co-produced for the Québec Chronicle-Telegraph’s 250th anniversary. (view magazine)

  16. Merkle, B.G. 2014. Pickled winter: Is the environment eating too much salt? Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  17. Merkle, B.G. 2014. Local scientists “say cheese.” Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  18. Merkle, B.G. and J.A. Merkle. 2013. A park where the buffalo roam. BC Nature.

  19. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Tradition and sustainability in a Bordeaux bottle & Bordeaux-Québec Connection gets personal. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  20. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Nocturnal wonders: moths outshine butterflies at night. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  21. Invited. Merkle, B.G. and J. A. Merkle. 2013. A glimpse of field work in the “Land of the Living Skies.”  Centre d’étude de la fôret/the Centre for Forest Research.

  22. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Conserving Québec’s caribou, Part III: A taste of heritage. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  23. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Conserving Québec’s caribou, Part II: Woodland caribou not “out of the woods.” Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  24. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Up close and personal with a caribou researcher, part I. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  25. Merkle, B.G. 2013. Orcas iced in: a hot topic in the frozen North. Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  26. Merkle, B.G. and J. A. Merkle. 2012. Conservation photography as more than just a hobby, part II. Early Career Ecologists. (view article)

  27. Merkle, B.G. and J. A. Merkle. 2012. Conservation photography as more than just a hobby, part I. Early Career Ecologists. (view article)

  28. Merkle, J. A., P. R. Krausman, and B. G. Merkle. 2012. How ‘bout them apples: Insights on reducing human-bear conflicts. Fair Chase. (view article)

  29. Merkle, B.G. 2012. Local students address the “Kestrel Conundrum.” Québec Chronicle-Telegraph. (view article)

  30. Garramon, B. 2008-2010. Missoula Urban Demonstration Project. Editor, graphic designer and co-author of quarterly journal, Backyard Culture; co-author of historical essays and timelines chronicling organization’s history.

  31. Garramon, B. 2003-2004. Columnist, The Technocrat, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana.

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