Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor
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
Gerson, JR, Driscoll, CT, Hsu-Kim, H, and Bernhardt, ES. "Senegalese artisanal gold mining leads to elevated total mercury and methylmercury concentrations in soils, sediments, and rivers." ELEMENTA-SCIENCE OF THE ANTHROPOCENE 6 (January 31, 2018).
Eagle, AJ, Olander, LP, Locklier, KL, Heffernan, JB, and Bernhardt, ES. "Fertilizer management and environmental factors drive n2o and no3losses in corn: A meta-analysis." Soil Science Society of America Journal 81, no. 5 (September 1, 2017): 1191-1202.
Nippgen, F, Ross, MRV, Bernhardt, ES, and McGlynn, BL. "Creating a More Perennial Problem? Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Enhances and Sustains Saline Baseflows of Appalachian Watersheds." Environmental science & technology 51, no. 15 (August 2017): 8324-8334.
Voss, KA, and Bernhardt, ES. "Effects of mountaintop removal coal mining on the diversity and secondary productivity of Appalachian rivers." Limnology and Oceanography 62, no. 4 (July 2017): 1754-1770.
Arnold, M, Bier, R, Lindberg, T, Bernhardt, E, and Di Giulio, R. "Biofilm mediated uptake of selenium in streams with mountaintop coal mine drainage." Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 65 (July 2017): 10-13.
Community Coalescence: Disentangling Assembly Processes using Aquatic Microbial Communities awarded by National Science Foundation
Macrosystems, Collaborative Research: Defining Stream Biomes Beyond the Steady State awarded by National Science Foundation
Collaborative Research: Salinization of the inland coastal plain through saltwater intrusion: landscapes in transition awarded by National Science Foundation
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)
ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology (ENVIRON 361LS: Field Ecology)
BIOLOGY 209D-2: Ecology for a Crowded Planet (BIOLOGY 209D-2: Ecology for a Crowded Planet)
area(s) of expertiseBiogeochemistry Climate Change Ecology Global Change Ecology Land Use Wetland Ecology Advisor: ENV Doctoral Program Advisor: UPE Doctoral Program
Durham, NC 27708
Durham, NC 27708-0000
Ph.D., Cornell University (2001)
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)