Dr. Merriman is a widely published scholar and recognized authority by sources such as the Wall Street Journal and The Conference Board. She formerly served on the faculty of Penn State University and Wichita State University. Her research focuses on workforce issues and human capital. She has extensive involvement in the real estate industry and in analyzing real estate trends pertaining to the workforce. Topics currently under study include remote work, gig work, skilled freelancers, how communities and cities like Miami attract talent that can work from anywhere, and how finding community resonance bolsters self-actualizing creativity.