Peer Reviewed Publications (Published or In Revision)

Meredith is deeply committed to democratizing research and science to provide equitable access to information that is often hidden behind paywalls. She publishes her work in open access journals, submits articles to open access repositories and utilized pre-prints in her work to speed up the scientific research process and provide free access to everyone.

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†- Graduate student author  *Undergraduate student author

59) Clements, R. †, Birthisel, S.K., Daigneault, A., Gallandt, E., Johnson, D., Wentworth, T., Niles, M.T. Climate Change, Community, and Quality of Life: Mental Modeling with Farmers and Outreach Professionals in Northern New England. Accepted at Climatic Change.


58) Niles, M.T., Wirkkala Brassard, K. Belarmino, E.H., Bertmann F. Home food procurement impacts food security and diet quality during COVID-19.  Accepted at BMC Public Health.  Preprint: doi:


57) Emery, B.F.†, Niles M.T., Danforth, C.M., Dodds, P.S. Local information sources received the most attention from Puerto Ricans during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  Accepted at PLOS One.  PrePrint: 


56) Niles, M.T., Rudnick, J. †, Lubell, M., Cramer, L., (2021).  Linking Household and Community Social Capital to Smallholder Food Security.  Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

55) Muller, M.F., Penny, G., Niles, M.T., Ricciardi, V., Chiarelli, D.D., Davis, K.F., Dell’Angelo, J., d’Odorico, P., Rosa, L., Rulli, M.S., Mueller, N.D. Impact of transnational land acquisitions on local food security and diet diversity.  (2021). Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. 118: e2020535118.  DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2020535118


54) Rodriguez-Cruz, L.A. and Niles, M.T. (2021) Awareness of climate change's impacts and motivation to adapt are not enough to drive action: A look of Puerto Rican farmers after Hurricane Maria. PLOS ONE 16(1): e0244512. (Open access, free to the public)


53) Roy, E., Hammond-Wagner, C., † Niles, M.T. (2021). Hot spots of opportunity for improved cropland nitrogen management across the United States. Environmental Research Letters. 16: 035004. (Open access, free to the public)


52) Niles M.T., Emery, B.F. †, Wiltshire, S., Fischer, B., Ricketts, T., Brown, M. (2021). Climate effects on child diet diversity across low and middle-income countries.  Environmental Research Letters. 16: 015010. (Open access, free to the public)


51) Payne, P., Kaye-Blake, W.H., Kelsey, A., Brown, M., Niles, M.T. (2021). Measuring rural community resilience: Case studies in New Zealand and Vermont, USA. Ecology and Society. 26(1):2. (Open access, free to the public)


47) Mason, R.E. †, Niles, M.T., Merrill, S.C., Gorres, J., Faulkner, J. (2021). Using agricultural models to inform policy: Discussion points for researchers and policymakers.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.76:10A-14A. (Open access, free to the public)


46) Byerly, H. †, Kross, S., Niles, M.T., Fisher, B. Behavioral science and biodiversity management in agricultural landscapes.  Accepted at Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.


45) Niles, M.T., Bertmann, F., Belarmino, E., Wentworth, T., Biehl, E., Neff, R.A.  The early food insecurity impacts of COVID-19.  Nutrients.  12(7), 2096; (Open access, free to the public)

44) Poortvliet, P.M., Niles, M.T., Veraart, J.A., Werners, S.E., Korporaal, F.C., Mulder, B.C. Communicating Climate Change Risk: A Content Analysis of IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4861. (Open access, free to the public)


43) Cooper, M. †, Brown. M.E., Niles, M.T., Mahmoud, M. Text mining the food security literature reveals substantial spatial bias and thematic broadening over time.  Global Food Security.  26, 100392. DOI: (Open access, free to the public)


42) Mason, R.E. †, Merrill, S.C., Gorres, J., Faulkner, J., Niles, M.T. (2021). Agronomic and environmental performance of dairy farms in a warmer, wetter climate.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 76: 76-88.


41) Millar, A., † Vatovec, C., Niles, M.T., Ivahkiv, A. (2020). What’s in Your Body of Water? Reducing the Psychological Distance of Pharmaceutical Pollution through Metaphoric Framing in Risk Communication.  Environmental Management. 65 (5), 630-641. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-020-01275-8


40) Hammond-Wagner, C.R. † and M.T. Niles.  What is fair in groundwater allocation?  (2020). Distributive and procedural fairness perceptions of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  Journal of Society of Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1752339


39) Niles, M.T., Schimanski, L.A., McKiernan, E., Alperin, J.P.  Why we publish where we do: Faculty publishing values and their relationship to review, promotion and tenure expectations.  PLOS ONE. 15(3): e022891 (Open Access, free to the public)

39) Niles, M.T. Majority of rural residents compost food waste: Policy and waste management implications for rural regions. (2020). Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3:123. (Open Access, free to the public)

38) Schattman, R.E., Hurley, S.E., Greenleaf, H.L., Niles, M.T., Caswell, M. (2020). Visualizing climate change adaptation: An effective tool for agricultural outreach?  Weather, Climate, and Society. doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-19-0049.1 (Open Access, free to the public)


37) Hammond Wagner, C., Roy, E., Niles, M.T. (2019). US county-level agricultural crop production cluster classifications.  BMC Research Notes. 12, Article number: 552. (Open Access, free to the public)

36) Lubell, M.N. and M.T. Niles.  (2019). Climate adaptation: Knowledge capacity building limits. Nature Climate Change. 9: 578-579.

35) McKiernan, E.C., Schimanski, L.A., Muñoz Nieves, C., Matthias, L., Niles, M.T., and Alperin, J.P. (2019). The use of Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations.  eLife. (Open Access, free to the public)

34) Niles, M.T., Wiltshire, S.,† (2019). Tradeoffs in U.S. Dairy Manure Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Productivity, Climate, and Manure Management Strategies.  Environmental Research Communications. 1:7. 075003. (Open Access, free to the public)


33) Carranza, M.*, and M.T. Niles. (2019). Smallholder farmers spend credit primarily on food: gender differences and food security implications in a changing climate.  Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3:56. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2019.00056 (Open Access, free to the public)

32) Weiner, S., Roesch-McNally, G., Schattman, R.E., Niles, M.TReady, willing and able?  USDA field staff as climate advisors.  In Press at Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.

31) Niles M.T., Hammond-Wagner, C.† (2019). The carrot or the stick? California farmer support of incentive and regulatory groundwater management policies.  Environmental Research Communications. (Open Access, free to the public).

30) Niles, M.T., Horner, C.†, Chintala, R. (2019). A review of determinants for dairy farmer decision making on manure management strategies in high-income countries.  Environmental Research Letters. 14: 5. (Open Access, free to the public).

29) Niles, M.T., Waterhouse, H.†, Kroopf, S., Parkhurst, R. McClellan, E. (2019). Policy options to streamline the carbon market potential for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions.   Climate Policy.19:7, 893-907, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1599802 (Open Access, free to the public).

28) Alperin, Juan P., Schimanski, L., Muñoz Nieves, C., Fischman, Gustavo E., Niles, M.T., McKiernan, E.C. An analysis of the public dimensions of faculty work in the performance review and tenure process.  eLife.  8:e42254 (Open Access, free to the public).

27) Cortner, O.†, Garrett, R.D., Valentim, J., Ferreira, J., Niles, M.T., and Reis, J. (2019). Local perceptions of benefits and challenges to adopting integrated crop and livestock systems in Brazil.  Land Use Policy. 82:841-853. (Open Access, free to the public).

26) Shah, S.H.†, Wagner, C.H.†, Sanga, U.†, Park, H.†, de Lima Demange, L.H.M†, Gueiros, C.†, Niles, M.T. (2019). Can agricultural adaptation to hydro-climatic change be explained by household “capitals”? Household evidence from the Indo-Gangetic Plains. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. (Open Access, free to the public).


25) Niles, M.T., Emery, B.F., Reagan, A., Dodds, P.S., Danforth, C. (2019). Average individuals tweet more often during extreme events: An ideal mechanism for social contagion.  PLOS ONE. 14(2): e0210484. (Open Access, free to the public)

24) J. Rudnick,* Niles, M.T., Lubell, M.N., Cramer, L. A comparative analysis of agricultural development policy networks for climate resilience and food security. World Development. 117: 112-126. (Open Access, free to the public).

23) Niles, M.T., Weiner, S., Schattman, R., Roesch-McNally, G., Reyes, J.  (2019). Seeing isn’t always believing: Crop loss and climate change perceptions among farm advisors.  Environmental Research Letters.  (Open Access, free to the public).


22) Chriest, A.*, and M.T. Niles. (2019). Role of community social capital for acute food security following an extreme weather event.  Rural Sociology. 64: 80-90.

21) Bevet, S., Niles, M.T., Pope, L. (2018). You Can’t “Nudge” Nuggets: An Investigation of Late Night Dining With Behavioral Economics Interventions. PLOS ONE. 13 (5): e0198162 (Open Access, free to the public)

20) Conrad, Z., Niles, M.T., Neher, D., Roy, E., Tichenor, N., Jahns, L.  (2018). Relationship between food waste, diet quality, and environmental sustainability. PLOS ONE. 13(4): e0195405 (Open Access, free to the public)

19) Niles, M.T., and J. Salerno. 2018.  A cross country analysis of climate shocks on smallholder food insecurity. PLOS ONE. 13(2): e0192928. (Open Access, free to the public)


18) Niles, M.T., Ahuja, R., Barker, T., Esquivel, J., Gutterman, S., Heller, M., Mango, N., Portner, D., Raimond, R., Tirado, C., Vermeulen, S. 2018. Climate change mitigation beyond agriculture: A review of food system opportunities and implications. Special issue on Climate Change and Food Systems in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 1-12. doi:10.1017/S1742170518000029 (Open Access, free to the public)

17. Schattman, R., Roesch-McNally, G., Wiener, S., Niles, M.T., Hollinger, D.  2018. Farm Service Agency employee intentions to use weather and climate data in professional services.  Special Issue on Climate Change and Food Systems in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.  1-10. doi:10.1017/S1742170517000783 (Open Access, free to the public)

16. Niles, M.T. Garrett, R., Walsh, D. 2018. Ecological and economic benefits and challenges for integrating sheep into viticulture production.  Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 38: 1. (Open Access version free to the public here)

15. Niles, M.T. and M.E. Brown. 2017. A multi-country assessment of factors related to smallholder food security in varying rainfall conditions. Scientific Reports. 7: 16277. (Open Access, free to the public)

14. Niles, M.T. and Courtney Hammond-Wagner. 2017. Farmers Seek Local Solutions for California Water Management and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. (2017). Special issue of California Agriculture on “California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act”.  (Open Access, free to the public)

13. Garrett RD, Niles M.T., Gil JDB, Gaudin A, Chaplin-Kramer R, Assmann A, et al. 2017. Social and ecological analysis of commercial integrated crop livestock systems: Current knowledge and remaining uncertainty. Agricultural Systems.155: 136–146.  (Open Access version free to the public here)

12. Kross, S., Ingram, K., Long, R., Niles, M.T.  2017. Drivers of farmer perceptions of wildlife and on-farm conservation actions. Conservation Letters. (Open Access, free to the public)

11. Garrett, R., M.T. Niles, J. Gil, P. Dy, J. Ferreira, J. Reis, J. Valentim. 2017. Re-integrating crop and livestock systems: A comparative policy analysis.  Sustainability, 9: 473. (Open Access, free to the public)

10. Niles, M.T. and N. Mueller. 2016. Farmer perceptions of climate change: Associations with observed temperature and precipitation trends, irrigation, and climate beliefs.  Global Environmental Change, 39: 133-142. (Open Access, free to the public)

9. Niles, M.T., Brown, M., Dynes, R. 2016. Farmer's intended and actual adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Climatic Change, 135: 277-295. (Open Access, free to the public)

8. Prokopy, L., J. Arbuckle, A. Barnes, V. Haden, A. Hogan, M.T. Niles, J. Tyndall. 2015. Farmers and climate change: A cross-national comparison of belief and risk perceptions in developed countries. Environmental Management. 56: 492-504

7. Niles, M.T., M. Lubell, M. Brown. 2015. How limiting factors drive agricultural adaptation to climate change. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 200: 178-185. (Open Access, free to the public)

6. Lubell, M., M.T. Niles, M. Hoffman. 2014. Agricultural education and outreach in the age of connectivity. Journal of Society and Natural Resources. 27: 1089-1103 (Open Access, free to the public here)

5. Niles, M.T., M. Lubell, V.R. Haden. 2013. Perceptions and responses to climate policy risks among California farmers. Global Environmental Change. 23: 1752-1760. (Open Access, free to the public here)

4. Haden, V.R.*, M.T. Niles*, M. Lubell, J. Perlman, L.E. Jackson. 2012. Global and local concerns: What attitudes and beliefs motivate farmers to mitigate and adapt to climate change? PLOS ONE. 7 (12). * Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript (Open Access, free to the public)

3. Niles, M.T. and M. Lubell. Integrative frontiers in environmental policy theory and research. 2012. Policy Studies Journal. 40: 41-64

2. L. Jackson, V.R. Haden, A.D. Hollander, H. Lee, M. Lubell, V.K. Mehta, T. O’Geen, M. Niles, J. Perlman, D. Purkey, W. Salas, D. Sumner, M. Tomuta, M. Dempsey, and S.M. Wheeler. 2012. Agricultural mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Yolo County, CA. California Energy Commission Project 500-09-009, pp.153. (Open Access, free to the public here)

1. Niles, M.T. 2008. Sustainable soils: Reducing, mitigating and adapting to climate change with organic agriculture. Sustainable Development Law and Policy. 9:19-23. (Open Access, free to the public)

Book Chapters

1. Niles, M.T. 2013. “Achieving social sustainability in animal agriculture: Challenges and opportunities to reconcile multiple sustainability goals” in Kebreab, E, ed. Sustainable Animal Agriculture. CABI Press.