Chair: Joey Bernhardt (U of British Columbia)

As chair of the Student Section, I work with the student officers to decide on the priorities for the Section, fundraise and support all of the great work that ESA students do throughout the year and at the Annual Meeting. Feel free to be in touch with me if you have any ideas for the direction of the Student Section or other questions and concerns. We'd love to hear from you!

I grew up in Vancouver, B.C. and I did my undergraduate degree at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During my third year at Brown, when I was playing more ultimate frisbee than doing school work, I decided to take a leave of absence for a year and travel in Latin America. I did a field course in Costa Rica and worked on a restoration project in the cloud forest of Ecuador, and that's when I discovered my love for field ecology!

More recently, I've become interested in the many ways that people benefit from healthy ecosystems--seafood from the ocean, recreation, clean water, etc. I've been working on developing science tools that help people understand all the benefits from nature that are at stake when we make decisions about the environment.

I'm now a PhD student in the Department of Zoology and the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. My research is focused on the ecology and management of coastal marine ecosystems. I am interested in understanding how human drivers impact nearshore ecosystems and the effects on ecosystem services and human well-being. I combine field experiments, modeling, and collaborations with coastal communities to inform ecosystem approaches to marine management.

joey.bernhardt (at)


Back to ESA Student Section Officers Page