Second Place Winner -- Joan Meiners (IMAGE) American Institute of Biological Sciences Caption Joan Meiners, a graduate student at the University of Florida, won second place. Her photograph shows researchers Glenda Yenni (left) and Ellen Bledsoe (right) checking rodent traps early one morning as a rainstorm lifts outside Portal, Arizona. Twenty-four long-term experimental plots enclosed by low metal fences have been censused nearly every month for the past 40 years at the site. The project, started by University of New Mexico biologist Jim Brown in 1977, has resulted in one of the longest-running public data sets on community ecology and ecosystem change in existence, and has been the focus of dozens of dissertations and scientific papers. Credit Joan Meiners Usage Restrictions With permission License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.