The Echinacea project has datasets saved in many places. This page consolidates links to most datasets and will help you find everything. We aim to consolidate links to our previously published datasets here and make available our datasets from previously published papers. We will continue to add links as we go. Our goal is to share all datasets publicly, without restriction, as soon as they are published, along with metadata and reproducible analyses. We share most datasets and scripts as they become available, provided sharing does not conflict with a project member’s plan for publishing. If you have any questions, please email Stuart or Gretel at

Our core dataset with metadata of annual fitness records for all ~10,000 plants in our main common garden experimental plot (exPt1) is available to the public. We update this dataset about twice each year to add field and lab measurements.

Two sections of the core dataset are included as a dataset in the R package aster. The analysis of one of these datasets serves as a tutorial for the aster package. It’s a great way to learn aster and learn about our core dataset!

Many of the shorter-term projects associated with the core dataset have been posted on our field blog, affectionately known as the flog. Here are some example flog posts on flowering phenology, pollinator efficiency, ant occurrence on Echinacea, and mating compatibility between E. angustifolia and E. pallida.

We have two dataset packages available on Data Dryad, a web repository of published datasets. Each of these packages includes datasets and scripts that we used to analyze the datasets:
Ison JL, Wagenius S (2014) Data from: Both flowering time and distance to conspecific plants affect reproduction in Echinacea angustifolia, a common prairie perennial. Dryad Digital Repository.
Shaw RG, Wagenius S, Geyer CJ (2015) Data from: The susceptibility of Echinacea angustifolia to a specialist aphid: eco-evolutionary perspective on genotypic variation and demographic consequences. Dryad Digital Repository.

A flowering phenology dataset is included in the R package echPhenology. We posted a new & improved version of this package on CRAN on 29 Feb 2016. It’s called mateable.

Kittelson et al. (2015) posted their data package on leaf functional traits, herbivory, and genetic diversity.

Microsatellite sequences from Ison et al. (2013) are posted in GenBank. Links are here.

List of datasets