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Joan Meiners

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

University of Florida, School of Natural Resources and Environment
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Fellowship Site: Times Picayune

I am a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida. ‘Interdisciplinary’ describes my interests and experience well: I have done field research on native bee and flower communities in California (my dissertation topic), sea turtles and oysters in North Carolina, carnivorous beetles in the Rocky Mountains, pollinators in Israel, Canada Lynx in Colorado and kangaroo rats in the remote Arizona desert. When I’m not collecting, curating or analyzing data about ecosystems, I love exploring them by foot, bike or boat—from high Himalayan peaks through the red-rock trails of Utah to the murky mysteries of Florida waterways. Whatever the adventure, my steady companion (besides my dog) has been my compulsion to write. I’ve blogged about bees, rodents and travel, freelanced for New Scientist, NPR, the Gainesville Sun and Cycling Utah, and am a teaching assistant for the University of Florida’s Environmental Journalism course. I am excited to dive into the complex ecology of New Orleans this summer as a AAAS Fellow at the Times-Picayune (

Fellowship publications at Times Picayune

6/11/2018        Louisiana to get $992,000 for outdoor recreation and conservation projects

6/15/2018        Watch termites destroy this tiny house from the inside out

6/19/2018        Scientists warn increased flood risk will affect 99,000 Louisianans by 2045

6/21/2018        Global warming's infectious Trojan Horse: Animals moving north may bring new diseases

6/21/2018        Mining company moves in on former national monument land in Utah

6/22/2018        It's Pollinator Week: Take a tour of the New Orleans Audubon Insectarium with us

6/29/2018        Coastal News Roundup: It's Hot! Sea Lice, Tropical Diseases, And More

7/03/2018        15 reasons science says feral cats are a disaster

7/14/2018        It's Shark Awareness Day! Join us at the Audubon Aquarium to learn more.

7/19/2018        Obesity and stress are related to your dad’s climate and your mom’s bacteria, new research suggests

7/23/2018        Hotter temperatures lead to more suicides, study says

7/27/2018        Coastal news roundup: sharks, suicide rates and feral cats

8/01/2018        Things to do if you're visiting New Orleans for the ecology conference next week

8/01/2018        Lennon or McCartney? Scientists say new model knows the secret of Beatles song authorship

8/10/2018        Watch the sky for a spectacular Perseid meteor shower this weekend

8/15/2018        Sea level rise threatens the internet, but New Orleans better prepared than most, experts say

8/15/2018        Louisiana coastal resilience focus of a new state awareness campaign

8/09/2018        See photos of international ecologists canoeing the Manchac Freshwater Wetlands

8/16/2018        What's in your eDNA? Hopefully diverse pond scum, scientists say

8/17/2018        Sea level rise is coming for your wifi: The week's coastal news

8/24/2018        Streetcar involved in crash on St. Charles Avenue

8/30/2018        Listen to the amazing sounds of the Manchac Swamp, for serenity and science