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James (Jimmy) Bernot

Evolutionary biologist

NSF Postdoc Research Fellow at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

About

Jimmy Bernot (he/him) is an evolutionary biologist and NSF Postdoc Research Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. His research interests include crustacean phylogenetics, copepod taxonomy and systematics, parasite evolution, and computational biology. He is working to resolve the crustacean tree of life and understand the processes that have resulted in the spectacular morphological diversity of modern crustaceans, with a particular focus on parasitic copepods.

He is also passionate about science communication, public engagement, education, and outreach. Jimmy regularly participates in outreach events in Washington DC, especially at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and surrounding K-12 schools. He is actively involved in science engagement on digital media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Skype A Scientist, and podcasts. Follow him @JimmyBernot to see his most recent updates and science engagement work. Use the contact form below or feel free to DM him on Twitter for speaking engagement or interview requests.

Interests

  • Crustacean Phylogenetics
  • Copepod Taxonomy & Systematics
  • Parasite Evolution
  • Computational Biology

Education

  • PhD Genomics & Bioinformatics, 2015-2020

    George Washington University

  • MS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2015

    University of Connecticut

  • BS Biological Sciences, 2012

    University of Connecticut

Recent and Upcoming Events

January 4, 2021

Interviewed on LGBTQ+ STEMCast, a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ scientists.

January 1, 2021

Began NSF Postdoc Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Invertebrate Zoology

December 24, 2020

Launched Twitter thread on one of the most amazing and engimatic groups of crustaceans: the Tantulocarida 👇

November 19, 2020

Successfully defended my dissertation on Parasitic Copepod Evolution! 🥳

July 3, 2020

Wrote blog post for WeRepSTEM, a diversity in STEM blog.

June 25, 2020

A new phylogeny of the Pancrustacea. Parasite Hour Virtual Conference. American Society of Parasitologists.

June 16, 2020

Skype a Scientist. Met with 5th grade class for marine biology lesson and Q&A. The Leffell School, White Plains, NY.

June 5, 2020

Skype a Scientist. Met with 4th grade class for marine biology lesson and Q&A. Hampstead Hill Academy, Baltimore, MD.

Contact Jimmy

reach him at jbernot@gwu.edu or use this form

  • 800 22nd Street NW SEH Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20052
  • Enter SEH and take the elevators up to the 7th floor, exit the elevators to the right and enter SEH suite 7000. Ask for Jimmy Bernot at the front desk and you will be taken to the South Research Wing