Emily Bernhardt

Emily Bernhardt

Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor

Primary Appointment

Biology Department

I am an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist whose research is principally concerned with tracking the movement of elements through ecological systems. My research aims to document the extent to which the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems is being altered by land use change (urbanization, agriculture, mining) global change (rising CO2, rising sea levels) and chemical pollution. Ultimately this information is necessary to determine whether and how ecosystem change can be mitigated or prevented through active ecosystem management.

In The News


Brandt, JE, Simonin, M, Di Giulio, RT, and Bernhardt, ES. "Beyond Selenium: Coal Combustion Residuals Lead to Multielement Enrichment in Receiving Lake Food Webs." Environmental Science & Technology 53, no. 8 (April 2019): 4119-4127.
Wen, Y, Bernhardt, ES, Deng, W, Liu, W, Yan, J, Baruch, EM, and Bergemann, CM. "Salt effects on carbon mineralization in southeastern coastal wetland soils of the United States." Geoderma 339 (April 1, 2019): 31-39.
Reinhold, AM, Poole, GC, Izurieta, C, Helton, AM, and Bernhardt, ES. "Constraint-based simulation of multiple interactive elemental cycles in biogeochemical systems." Ecological Informatics 50 (March 1, 2019): 102-121.
Helton, AM, Ardón, M, and Bernhardt, ES. "Hydrologic Context Alters Greenhouse Gas Feedbacks of Coastal Wetland Salinization(Accepted)." Ecosystems (January 1, 2019).
Brandt, JE, Lauer, NE, Vengosh, A, Bernhardt, ES, and Di Giulio, RT. "Strontium Isotope Ratios in Fish Otoliths as Biogenic Tracers of Coal Combustion Residual Inputs to Freshwater Ecosystems." Environmental Science and Technology Letters 5, no. 12 (December 11, 2018): 718-723.

Recent Grants


BIOLOGY 564: Biogeochemistry (BIOLOGY 564: Biogeochemistry)
BIOLOGY 361LS: Field Ecology (BIOLOGY 361LS: Field Ecology)
EVANTH 741: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems (EVANTH 741: Ecological Perspectives: Evolution to Ecosystems)
BIOLOGY 564D: Biogeochemistry (BIOLOGY 564D: Biogeochemistry)
ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology (ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology)

Contact Information

Ffsc 3313
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708-0000


Ph.D., Cornell University (2001)
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)