Joan M. Bernhard


Joan M. Bernhard

Senior Scientist

Geology & Geophysics
Office Phone: +1 508 289 3480

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Watson Building 219 (MS# 52)
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050




B.A. Colgate University, 1982, Geology
M.S. University of California, Davis, 1984, Geology
Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1990, Oceanography
Postdoc, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, 1990-1994, Cell Biology

Research Interests

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

Last updated: March 29, 2017