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Joan M. Bernhard, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Geology & Geophysics Department

ORCID # 0000-0003-2121-625X

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-3480
Building: Watson 219

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #52
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

  • Benthic foraminiferal ecology and cell biology
  • Protistan-prokaryote symbioses
  • Microaerophilic and anaerobic protists from Oxygen Minimum Zones and methane and cold seeps
  • Biogeochemistry of redox boundary sediments in both modern and ancient environments
  • Culturing of deep-sea benthic foraminifera to ground truth paleoceanographic proxies and environmental impacts
  • Microbial communities of laminated sediments
  • Sub-millimeter life positions of microorganisms in sediments
  • Application of various microscopic techniques (TEM, SEM, LSCM, NanoSIMS) to marine microbial ecology

Selected Awards

  • 2018     Gæsteforskerophold fra Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (Visiting Researcher), Center for Electromicrobiology, Aarhus University (1 August to 30 November)
  • 2014     Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan, JAMSTEC (May - June 2014)
  • 2012     Robert W. Morse Chair for Excellence in Oceanography, WHOI (5-year term)
  • 2003     W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award, Geological Society of America
  • 1992     Fulbright Fellow; University of Oslo, Norway

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Post Doctoral: Wadsworth Center, NY State Department of Health, 1990-1994, Cell Biology, Albany, NY

Fulbright Scholar: University of Oslo, Department of Geology, 1992, Foraminiferal ecology, Oslo, Norway

Ph.D.: Oceanography. 1990. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

M.Sc.: Geology. 1984. University of California Davis, Davis, CA

B.A: Geology. 1982. Colgate University, Hamilton, NY