James (Jimmy) Bernot

Evolutionary biologist

George Washington University (PhD candidate)


Jimmy Bernot is an evolutionary biologist at George Washington University and a Research Associate 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. He regularly participates in outreach events in Washington DC, especially at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. See information below for upcoming events and follow him on Twitter @JimmyBernot


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


  • PhD Genomics & Bioinformatics, 2015-present

    George Washington University

  • MS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2015

    University of Connecticut

  • BS Biological Sciences, 2012

    University of Connecticut

Recent and Upcoming Events

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.

April 14, 2020 (changed to video conference)

Surprising incongruity in crustacean phylogenomic analyses. Department of Invertebrate Zoology No-Bones Seminar Series. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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