Emily S. Bernhardt

Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor
Professor of Biology
Associate Professor in the Department of Biology
Associate Professor
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
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.


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

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

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Time: 10:30 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Fitzpatrick Center, Schiciano Auditorium Side B, room 1466
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm