Peer Reviewed Publications:

Meek, M. Stephens, A. Goodbla, B. May, and M. Baerwald. Identifying hidden population structure and genomic diversity in Chinook salmon, a migratory species with a history of anthropogenic influence. In revision.

Kasubinski, SF., J Pechal, C Schmidt, H Jordan, M Benbow, and M Meek. Evaluating bioinformatic pipeline performance for forensic microbiome analysis. In review.

Meek, M. and W. Larson. 2019. The future is now: amplicon sequencing and sequence capture usher in the conservation genomics era. Molecular Ecology Resources. 19(4): 795-803

Wetzel, W.C., and M.H. Meek. 2019. Physical defenses and herbivory vary more within plants than among plants in the tropical understory shrub Piper polytrichum. Botany.

Saglam, I. D. Prince, M. Meek, O. Ali, M. Miller, M. Peacock, H. Neville, A. Goodbla, C. Mellison, W. Somer, B. May & A. Finger. 2017. Genomic analysis reveals genetic distinctiveness of the Paiute Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii seleniris), Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2017.1356373

Winford, E., M. Wilkerson, L. Porensky, I. Lacher, K. Garbach, K. Deiner, J. Blickley, and henkechosen.indd
M. Meek. 2017. An undergraduate student’s guide to necessary skills for careers in wildlife science. In Krausman, P. and S. Henke (eds.) Becoming a wildlife professional. John Hopkins University Press and The Wildlife Society.

Meek, M., M. Baerwald, M. Stephens, A. Goodbla, K. Tomalty, M. Miller, and B. May. 2016. Sequencing improves our ability to study threatened migratory species: genetic population assignment in California’s Central Valley Chinook salmon. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2493

Meek, M., C. Wells, K. Tomalty, J. Ashander, E. Cole, D. Gille, B. Putnam, J.Rose, M. Savoca, L. Yamane, J. Hull, D. Rogers, E. Rosenblum, J. Shogren, R. Swaisgood, and B. May. 2016. We should not be afraid to talk about fear of failure on conservation. Biological Conservation. 194:218-219. (pdf)

Ali, O., S. O’Rourke, S. Amish, M. Meek, G. Luikart, C. Jeffres, and M. Miller. 2016. RAD Capture (Rapture): Flexible and efficient sequence-based genotyping. Genetics (pdf)Cover for Baerwald et al 2015

Baerwald, M., M. Meek*, M. Stephens*, R. Nagarajan, A. Goodbla, K. Tomalty, G. Thorgaard, B. May, and K. Nichols. 2016. Migration-related phenotypic divergence is associated with epigenetic modifications in rainbow trout. Molecular Ecology. Special Issue: Epigenetic Studies in Ecology and Evolution. 25(8): 1785-1800. (pdf) *Authors contributed equally.  Featured on cover. 

Meek, M., C. Wells, K. Tomalty, J. Ashander, E. Cole, D. Gille, B. Putnam, J.Rose, M. Savoca, L. Yamane, J. Hull, D. Rogers, E. Rosenblum, J. Shogren, R. Swaisgood, and B. May. 2015. Overcoming the fear of failure to improve the conservation of extremely small populations. Biological Conservation. 184: 209-217. (pdf)

Lew, R. A. Finger, M. Baerwald, A. Goodbla, B. May, and M. Meek*. 2015. Using next-gen sequencing to assist a conservation hatchery: A SNP panel for the genetic management of endangered Delta SmeltTransactions of the American Fisheries Society. 144(4): 767-779. (pdf) *Senior author, I advised R. Lew on this project for his Masters thesis in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis

Tomalty, K., M. Meek, M. Stephens, G. Rincón, N. Fangue, B. May, and M. Baerwald. 2015. Transcriptional response to acute thermal stress in juvenile Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, determined by RNAseq. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 5(7): 1335-1349 (pdf)

Meek, M., M. Stephens, A. Wong. K. Tomalty, B. May, M. Baerwald. 2014. Genetic characterization of California’s Central Valley Chinook salmon. Ecology. 95(5):1431.

Meek, M., M. Stephens, K. Tomalty, B. May, and M. Baerwald. 2014. Genetic considerations for sourcing steelhead reintroductions: investigating possibilities for the San Joaquin River. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. 12(1): jmie_sfews_16154. Online at

Tomalty, K., M. Stephens, M. Baerwald, K. Bork, M. Meek, and B. May. 2014. Genetic considerations for fall-run Chinook salmon during the San Joaquin River Restoration. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. 12(2): jmie_sfews_14880. Online at

Meek, M., A. Wintzer, N. Sheperd*, and B. May. 2013. Genetic diversity and reproductive mode in two non-native hydromedusae, Maeotias marginata and Moerisia sp., in the Upper San Francisco Estuary, California. Biological Invasions. 15(1): 199-212. (pdf) *undergraduate co-author

Wintzer, A., M. Meek, and P. Moyle.  2013.  Abundance, size, and diel feeding ecology of Blackfordia virginica (Mayer, 1910), a non-native hydrozoan in the lower Napa and Petaluma Rivers, California (USA). Aquatic Invasions. 8(2): 147-156. (pdf)

Meek, M. A. Wintzer, W. Wetzel, and B. May. 2012. Climate change likely to facilitate the invasion of the non-native hydroid, Cordylophora caspia, in the San Francisco Estuary, CA. PLoS ONE. 7(10): e46373. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046373.

Blickley, J., K. Deiner, K. Garbach, I. Lacher, M. Meek*, L. Porensky, M. Wilkerson, E. Winford, and M. Schwartz. 2012. A graduate student’s guide to necessary skill sets for conservation careers outside academia. Conservation Biology. 27(1): 24-34. *Order for first 8 authors determined alphabetically as all contributed equally. (pdf)

Baerwarld, M., M. Stephens, K. Bork, M. Meek, K. Tomalty, and B. May. 2011. Spring-run Chinook salmon genetic management plan. San Joaquin River Restoration Program. figshare. 124 pp. Available at:

Wintzer, A. and M. Meek. 2011. Notes on the morphology and ecology of non-native hydrozoa benthic stages in the brackish waters of the San Francisco Estuary. Interagency Ecological Program Newsletter. 24(3):12-16. (pdf)

Wintzer, A., M. Meek, P. Moyle, and B. May. 2011a. Ecological insights into the polyp stage of non-native hydrozoans in the San Francisco Estuary. Aquatic Ecology. 5(2): 151-161. (pdf)Wintzer et al 2011 cover

Wintzer, A., M. Meek, and P. Moyle. 2011b. Trophic ecology of two non-native hydrozoans in the upper San Francisco Estuary: implications for the Pelagic Organism Decline. Marine and Freshwater Res. 62(8): 952-961. Featured on cover. (pdf)

Wintzer, A., M. Meek, and P. Moyle. 2011c. Life history and population dynamics of Moerisia sp., a non-native hydrozoan in the upper San Francisco Estuary (U.S.A.). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Sci. DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.05.017. (pdf)

Meek, M., M. Baerwald, A. Wintzer, and B. May. 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in two non-native hydromedusae in the San Francisco Estuary: Maeotias marginata and Moerisia sp. Conservation Genetics Resources. 1(1): 205-208. (pdf)