Emily S. Bernhardt, Associate Professor  

Emily S. Bernhardt

PhD, Cornell, 2001
B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1996

Office Location: FFSC: 3313
Office Phone: (919) 660-7318
Email Address: emily.bernhardt@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.bernhardtlab.weebly.com
Additional Web Page: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-9940-2011

Ecology and Population Biology

Research Categories: ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

Current projects: 1. Coupled C, N and S cycling in coastal plain wetlands: how will climate change and salt water intrusion alter ecosystem dynamics? NSF Ecosystems 2010-2013, NSF Coastal SEES 2015-2019, 2. Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, Ecological Research Theme Leader, NSF & EPA, 3. Urban watersheds and urban freshwaters: NSF ULTRA, NSF Ecosystems, 4. Environmental impacts of mountain top mining. Foundation for the Carolinas, NSF Hydrology 2014-2017.

Research Description: I am broadly interested in the capacity of ecosystems to retain nutrients and energy, particularly in the face of human accelerated environmental change. My research primarily focuses on how ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycles are altered by climate and land cover change. The majority of my research to date has taken place in aquatic ecosystems, I think about biogeochemistry in a watershed context and am working in upland and floodplain soils as well as stream channels and wetlands in my current research.

Areas of Interest:
Ecosystem Ecology
Stream Ecology
Wetlands Ecology
Urban Ecology
Restoration Ecology

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. AM Helton, ES Bernhardt and A Fedders, Biogeochemical regime shifts in coastal landscapes: the contrasting effects of saltwater incursion and agricultural pollution on greenhouse gas emissions from a freshwater wetland, Biogeochemistry, vol. 120 no. 1-3 (August, 2014), pp. 133-147 [doi] .
  2. BP Colman, B Espinasse, CJ Richardson, CW Matson, GV Lowry, DE Hunt, MR Wiesner and ES Bernhardt, Emerging contaminant or an old toxin in disguise? Silver nanoparticle impacts on ecosystems., Environmental science & technology, vol. 48 no. 9 (May, 2014), pp. 5229-5236 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Lutz, B.D., E.S. Bernhardt and W.H. Schlesinger, The Environmental Price Tag on a Ton of Mountaintop Removal Coal, PLOS ONE, vol. 8 no. 9 (September, 2013), pp. e73203 [Gateway.cgi], [doi] .
  4. Ardon, M., J.L. Morse, B.P. Colman and E.S. Bernhardt, Drought-induced saltwater intrusion leads to increased wetland nitrogen export, Global Change Biology, vol. 19 (2013), pp. 2976-2985 (**This paper was featured in the Research Highlights section of Nature 498: 274.) .
  5. Bernhardt, E. S. Lutz, B. D. King, R. S. Fay, J. P. Carter, C. E. Helton, A. M. Campagna, D. Amos, J., How many mountains can we mine? Assessing the regional degradation of Central Appalachian rivers by surface coal mining., Environ Sci Technol, vol. 46 no. 15 (August, 2012), pp. 8115-8122 [22788537], [doi]  [abs].
  6. Morse, J.L., M. Ardon, E.S. Bernhardt, Greenhouse gas fluxes in southeastern U.S. coastal plain wetlands under contrasting land uses., Ecol Appl, vol. 22 no. 1 (January, 2012), pp. 264-280 [22471089]  [abs].
  7. Phillips, R. P. Meier, I. C. Bernhardt, E. S. Grandy, A. S. Wickings, K. Finzi, A. C., Roots and fungi accelerate carbon and nitrogen cycling in forests exposed to elevated CO 2, Ecology Letters, vol. 15 no. 9 (2012), pp. 1042-1049 [doi]  [abs].
  8. Lutz, B. D. Mulholland, P. J. Bernhardt, E. S., Long-term data reveal patterns and controls on stream water chemistry in a forested stream: Walker branch, Tennessee, Ecological Monographs, vol. 82 no. 3 (2012), pp. 367-387 [doi]  [abs].
  9. Lindberg. T.T., E.S. Bernhardt, R. Bier, A. Helton, R. Merola, A.Vengosh, R.T. Di Giulio, Cumulative impacts of mountaintop mining on an Appalachian watershed., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 108 no. 52 (2011), pp. 20929-20934 (online before print.) [22160676], [doi]  [abs].
  10. W.H. Schlesinger and E.S. Bernhardt, Biogeochemistry: an analysis of global change, 3rd edition (2013), pp. 688, Elsevier (Available January 7, 2013.)  [abs].

Curriculum Vitae