James Bernot


I am gay and I am a PhD candidate, soon to be postdoc.//


Hi everyone! I’m Jimmy Bernot. I am a PhD candidate at George Washington University and will soon be a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I am an evolutionary biologist and my work spans a number of fields including crustacean phylogenetics, copepod taxonomy and systematics, parasite evolution, and computational biology. I am unapologetically passionate about science and love engaging with audiences of all ages. I have experience presenting research and teaching K-12 audiences as well as formal presentations at a variety of scientific societies. You can find out more about me and my research on my website https://jimmybernot.com or on Twitter @JP_Bernot

I am proud to be queer in STEM. I grew up in New Jersey and came out during my Masters degree at the University of Connecticut. I was fortunate to have been part of communities that were generally welcoming, which, sadly, is still not the case for many members of the LGBTQAI+ community. I was very fortunate to know two gay professors at the University of Connecticut, with whom I met with and received sage advice from prior to beginning my PhD at George Washington University. I am happy to share my experience and give advice to others navigating the challenges of college, graduate school, research, and academia. Feel free to contact me on my website https://jimmybernot.com or on Twitter @JP_Bernot