James (Jimmy) Bernot

Evolutionary biologist

NSF Postdoc Research Fellow at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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.


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


  • PhD Genomics & Bioinformatics, 2015-2020

    George Washington University

  • MS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2015

    University of Connecticut

  • BS Biological Sciences, 2012

    University of Connecticut

Upcoming Events:

Skype A Scientist Live Q&A:

Wednesday March 10, 2021 1pm ET
Mysterious Ocean Life: Plankton to Parasites

Watch live here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615302914
RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mysterious-ocean-life-plankton-to-parasites-tickets-138151427639​

Smithsonian NMNH “PhyloPizza” Seminar, Invited Speaker

March 23, 2021 4:30pm ET
New phylogenomic analyses of the Pancrustacea using tree-based orthology inference

Contact Shauna Rasband at RasbandS@si.edu for a link to attend and to be added to the email list.

Invited Speaker, Rutgers University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society

April 26, 2021 6pm ET


Just the Zoo of Us Podcast Feature

Copepod biology and adaptions. Just the Zoo of Us episode 86 – an animal diversity podcast. February 24, 2021

Cal. Academy of Sciences Genomics Seminar

Invited speaker for Cal. Academy of Sciences Genomics Social Hour on Parasite and Host Genomics. Feb. 17, 2021. Talks available below on Youtube.

Exolore Podcast Feature

The World of Queer Worms. Podcast panel discussion on hermaphroditic life on Exolore Podcast episode 23, a podcast featuring scientists, historians, psychologists that discuss biological and sociological implications of sci-fi worlds. Feb. 11, 2021

IFLScience Article

Collaborated on pop-sci article with IFLScience on parasites and an experimental hookworm vaccine study. Feb. 2, 2021

Hookworm Vaccine & Challenge Trial Thread

Twitter thread on my experience volunteering to participate in an exerpimental hookworm vaccine challenge trial. Jan. 27, 2021

LGBTQ+ STEMCast Podcast Feature

Interviewed on LGBTQ+ STEMCast, a podcast featuring LGBTQ+ scientists. Jan. 4, 2021

Began NSF Postdoc Fellowship

Started new NSF Postdoc Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Invertebrate Zoology. Jan. 1, 2021

Blog Post on the Tantulocarida

Wrote blog post on one of the most amazing and enigmantic groups of crustaceans: the Tantulocarida. Dec. 24, 2020

Defended my Dissertation!

Successfully defended my dissertation on Parasitic Copepod Evolution 🥳 Nov. 19, 2020

Launched World Association of Copepodologists Twitter

Launched World Association of Copepodologists Twitter Account! We are now on Twitter @copepodology Oct. 23, 2020

WeRepStem Blog Post

Wrote blog post for WeRepSTEM, a diversity in STEM blog. July 3, 2020

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