Peer-reviewed articles

  1. McKiernan E.C., & Marrone D.F. (2017). CA1 pyramidal cells have diverse biophysical properties, affected by development, experience, and aging. PeerJ 5:e3836.
  2. McKiernan, E.C., Bourne, P.E., Brown, C.T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., McDougall, D., Nosek, B.A., Ram, K., Soderberg, C.K., Spies, J.R., Thaney, K., Updegrove, A., Woo, K.H., & Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed. eLife 2016;5:e16800.
  3. McKiernan, E.C. (2013). Effects of manipulating slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel expression on rhythmic locomotor activity in Drosophila larvae. PeerJ 1:e57.
  4. *Herrera-Valdez, M.A., *McKiernan, E.C., Berger, S.D., Ryglewski, S., Duch, C., and Crook, S. (2013). Relating ion channel expression, bifurcation structure, and diverse firing patterns in a model of an identified motor neuron. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 34(2): 211-229. [author version.]
  5. *Cruz-Aponte, M., *McKiernan, E.C., and *Herrera-Valdez, M.A. (2011). Mitigating effects of vaccination on influenza outbreaks given constraints in stockpile size and daily administration capacity. BMC Infectious Diseases, 11: 207.
  6. Figueredo, A.J., Hammond, K.R., and McKiernan, E.C. (2006). A Brunswikian evolutionary developmental theory of preparedness and plasticity. Intelligence, 34(2): 211-227. [author version]

[*indicates equal author contributions]

 Book chapters

  1. Chivardi-Moreno, C., McKiernan E.C., and Herrera-Valdez, M.A. (2015). Análisis cualitativo de modelos básicos de transmisión infecciosa. In L. Cervantes Gómez (Ed.), Modelación Matemática. Principios y Aplicaciones (pp. 95-110). Textos Científicos, Fomento Editorial de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
  2. Chivardi-Moreno, C., McKiernan E.C., and Herrera-Valdez, M.A. (2015). Modelos metapoblacionales básicos de transmisión de enfermedades infecciosas. In L. Cervantes Gómez (Ed.), Modelación Matemática. Principios y Aplicaciones (pp. 135-151). Textos Científicos, Fomento Editorial de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.


  1. McKiernan E.C. (2017). Imagining the ‘open’ university: Sharing scholarship to improve research and education. PeerJ PrePrints 5:e2711v3.

  2. McKiernan, E.C. (2014). A genetic manipulation of motor neuron excitability does not alter locomotor output in Drosophila larvae. PeerJ PrePrints 2:e469v3.


  1. McKiernan, E.C. (2010). The role of specific voltage-activated and calcium-activated potassium currents in shaping motor neuron firing output during rhythmic motor activity. University of Arizona, Campus Repository.

 Peer-reviewed abstracts in conference proceedings

  1. McKiernan, E.C., and Herrera-Valdez, M.A. (2012). From spinal cord to hippocampus: links between bifurcation structure, ion channel expression, and firing patterns in a variety of neuron types. BMC Neuroscience, 13(Suppl. 1): P121.
  2. Melendez-Alvarez, J., Herrera-Valdez, M.A., and McKiernan, E.C. (2012). Temperature-dependent transitions in excitability predicted by an electrodiffusion model of membrane potential. BMC Neuroscience, 13(Suppl. 1): P85.
  3. Cruz-Aponte, M., Smith, A., Herrera-Valdez, M.A., and McKiernan, E.C. (2011). The role of the large-conductance calcium-dependent potassium channel, BK/Slowpoke, in shaping motor neuron firing during rhythmic activity. BMC Neuroscience, 12(Suppl. 1): P217.
  4. Herrera-Valdez, M.A., Smith, A., Cruz-Aponte, M., and McKiernan, E.C. (2011). Biophysical modeling of excitability and membrane integration at the single cell and network levels. BMC Neuroscience, 12(Suppl. 1): P218.
  5. Smith, A., Cruz-Aponte, M., McKiernan, E.C., Crook, S., and Herrera-Valdez, M.A. (2011). Differential contribution of A-type potassium currents in shaping neuronal responses to synaptic input. BMC Neuroscience, 12(Suppl. 1): P147.

Science communication and advocacy

  1. McKiernan, E.C. (April 2015). Accessibility and added value: a personal perspective on publishing in PeerJ. PeerJblog.
  2. McKiernan, E.C. and Tennant J.P. (Sept. 2014). Top scientific publisher chooses not to advance open access. The Conversation.
  3. McKiernan, E.C. and Tennant, J.P. (Sept. 2014). AAAS misses opportunity to advance open access. The Winnower, 1:e140984.44268.
  4. McKiernan, E.C. (Aug. 2014). University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it. The Guardian.
  5. McKiernan, E.C., Herrera-Valdez, M.A., Madan, C.R., et al. (Aug. 2014). Open letter to the Society for Neuroscience. The Winnower 1:e140865.54468.
  6. Tennant, J.P., Poisot, T., Hancock, J.F., Kubke, M.F., Michonneau, F., Taylor, M.P., Steel, G., Anquetin, J., Coyte, E., Schwessinger, B., McKiernan, E.C., et al. (Aug. 2014). Open Letter to The American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Winnower 1:e140813.35294.
  7. McKiernan, E.C. (Jan. 2014). The ripples produced by my love of small waves. PubChase.
  8. McKiernan, E. C. (Sept. 2013). Simulating the spread of disease. Scientific American.
  9. McKiernan, E. C. (Aug. 2013). Neuroscientists need to embrace open access publishing too. The Conversation.
  10. McKiernan, E. C. (April 2013). President Obama’s brain map project is hardly the next Human Genome. The Guardian.
  11. McKiernan, E. C. (Feb. 2013). Challenges in simulating a human brain. Scientific American.
  12. McKiernan, E. C. (Feb. 2013). What role do motor neurons play in basic bodily functions? Things We Don’t Know.

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