Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Biology (2017 - 2022)
Professor Bernhardt is one of the leading stream-water ecologists in the world, with high-impact publications. She fosters cross-departmental collaboration, in addition to demonstrating excellent teaching and mentoring. Her presence at Duke, including her efforts in getting donors to fund the Duke River Center, has convinced tenured faculty at other universities to join this institution. Bernhardt is full of ideas and excitement about research and constantly strives to make her teaching relevant to students. She redesigned the Biology Department’s core ecology class to become a flipped classroom, in hopes of encouraging students to think more deeply and independently. Her teaching and mentoring make students constantly seek her as an advisor and mentor at various levels.