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Melody Bernot

Associate Professor

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CL 121   Phone: 765-285-8820  

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Related Link
Personal Web site

Kansas State University Ph.D.  (2001) 
Marian College B.S.

Research Interests
General:

  • biogeochemistry
  • microbial ecology
  • aquatic ecology
  • ecosystem ecology

Specific:

  • nutrient cycling in streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs
  • climate change and greenhouse gas emissions
  • factors controlling rates of microbial activity, especially nitrification and denitrification
  • land-use influence on water quality
  • interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • influence of organisms on nutrient cycling

Recent Publications

Bernot, MJ, K Wilson. In Press. Spatial and temporal variation of dissolved oxygen and metabolism in Devils Hole, Nevada. Western North American Naturalist.

Raffel, AE, C Olinger, MJ Bernot. 2012. Occurrence of herbicides in central Indiana streams. Proceeding of the Indiana Academy of Science 120(1-2).

Denton, R, MJ Bernot. 2012. Effects of multiple agricultural chemicals on northern leopard frog, Lithobates pipiens, larvae. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences 120(1-2).

Brown, J, MJ Bernot, RJ Bernot. 2012. The influence of TCS on the growth and behavior of the freshwater snail, Physa acuta. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 47(11):1626-1630.

Bunch, ND, MJ Bernot. 2012. Nitrate and ammonium uptake by natural stream sediment microbial communities in response to nutrient enrichment. Research in Microbiology 163:137-141.

Veach, A, MJ Bernot, J Mitchell. 2012. The influence of six pharmaceuticals on freshwater sediment microbial growth incubated under variable temperatures and UV exposure. Biodegradation 23(4):497-507.

Veach, A, MJ Bernot. 2011. Temporal variation of pharmaceuticals in an urban and agriculturally influenced stream. Science of the Total Environment 409(21):4553-4563.

Bunch, AR, MJ Bernot. 2011. Pharmaceutical abundance in central Indiana streams and effects on microbial activity. EcoToxicology 20:97-109.

Beaulieu, JJ, JL Tank, SK Hamilton, WM Wollheim, RO Hall, PJ Mulholland, BJ Peterson, LR Ashkenas, LW Cooper, CN Dahm, WK Dodds, NB Grimm, SL Johnson, WH McDowell, GC Poole, HM Valett, CP Arango, MJ Bernot, AJ Burgin, CL Crenshaw, AM Helton, LT Johnson, JM O'Brien, JD Potter, RW Sheibley, DJ Sobota, SM Thomas. 2010. Nitrous oxide emission from denitrification in stream and river networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. December doi: 10.1073/pnas.1011464108.

Findlay, SEG, PJ Mulholland, SK Hamilton, JL Tank, MJ Bernot, AJ Burgin, CL Crenshaw, WK Dodds, NB Grimm, WH McDowell, JD Potter, DJ Sobota. 2011. Cross-stream comparison of substrate-specific denitrification potential. Biogeochemistry 104(1-3):381-392

Bernot, MJ, M Calkins, Bernot, RJ, M Hunt.  2011.  The influence of different urban pavements on water quality.  International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design 12-1/2011.

Bernot, MJ, EC Martin, RJ Bernot.  2010.  The influence of trophic complexity on preferential uptake of dissolved inorganic and organic nitrogen: a laboratory microcosm experiment.  Journal of the North American Biological Society 29:1199-1211.

Bernot, MJ, DJ Sobota, PJ Mulholland, RO Hall, WK Dodds, JR Webster, JL Tank, LR Ashkenas, LW Cooper, CN Dahm, SV Gregory, NB Grimm, SK Hamilton, SL Johnson, WH McDowell, JL Meyer, B Peterson, GC Poole, HM Valett, C Arango, JJ Beaulieu, AJ Burgin, C Crenshaw, AM Helton, L Johnson, J Merriam, BR Niederlehner, JM O'brien, JD Potter, RW Sheibley, SM Thomas, K Wilson.  2010.  Inter-regional comparison of land-use effects on stream metabolism.  Freshwater Biology 55:1874-1890. 

Mulholland, PJ, RO Hall, DJ Sobota, WK Dodds, SEG Findlay, NB Grimm, SK Hamilton, WH McDowell, JM O’Brien, JL Tank, LR Ashkenas, LW Cooper, CN Dahm, SV Gregory, SL Johnson, JL Meyer, BJ Peterson, GC Poole, HM Valett, JR Webster, CP Arango, JJ Beaulieu, MJ Bernot, AJ Burgin, CL Crenshaw, AM Helton, LT Johnson, BR Niederlehner, JD Potter, RW Sheibley, SM Thomas.  2009.  Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by 15N addition experiments:  Denitrification.  Limnology and Oceanography 54:640-652.

Hall, RO, JL Tank, DJ Sobota, PJ Mulholland, JM O’Brien, WK Dodds, JR Webster, HM Valett, GC Poole, BJ Peterson, JL Meyer, WH McDowell, SL Johnson, SK Hamilton, NB Grimm, SV Gregory, CN Dahm, LW Cooper, LR Ashkenas, SM Thomas, RW Sheibley, JD Potter, BR Neiderlehner, LT Johnson, AM Helton, CM Crenshaw, AJ Burgin, MJ Bernot, JJ Beuaulieu, CP Arango.  2009.  Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by 15N addition experiments:  Total uptake.  Limnology and Oceanography 54:653-665.

 

Bernot, MJ, RJ Bernot, JT Morris.  2008.  Nutrient cycling relative to 15N and 13C natural abundance in a coastal wetland with long-term nutrient additions.  Aquatic Ecology.

 

Mulholland, PJ, AM Helton, GC Poole, RO Hall, SK Hamilton, BJ Peterson, JL Tank, LR Ashkenas, LW Cooper, CN Dahm, WK Dodds, S Findlay, SV Gregory, NB Grimm, SL Johnson, WH McDowell, JL Meyer, HM Valett, JR Webster, C Arango, JJ Beaulieu, MJ Bernot, AJ Burgin, C Crenshaw, L Johnson, BR Niderlehner, JM O’Brien, JD Potter, RW Sheibely, DJ Sobota, SM Thomas.  2008.  Excess nitrate from agricultural and urban areas reduces denitrification efficiency in streams.  Nature.  452:202-206.


Bruesewitz DA, JL Tank, & MJ Bernot. 2008. Delineating the effects of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) on N transformation rates using laboratory mesocosms. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27(2):236-251.

Arango CP, JL Tank, JL Schaller, & TV Royer, MJ Bernot, MB David. 2007 Benthic organic carbon influences denitrification in streams with high nitrate concentration. Freshwater Biology 52(7):1210-1222.

Inwood SE, JL Tank, & MJ Bernot. 2007. Factors controlling sediment denitrification in Midwestern streams of varying land use. Microbial Ecology 53(2):247-258.

Bruesewitz DA, JL Tank, MJ Bernot, WB Richardson, & EA Strauss. 2006. Seasonal effects of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) on sediment denitrification rates in Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63(5):957-969.

Bernot MJ, JL Tank, TB Royer, & MB David. 2006. Nutrient processing in streams draining agricultural watersheds of the Midwestern U.S. Freshwater Biology 51:499-509.

Tank JL, MJ Bernot, & EJ Rosi-Marshall. 2006. Nitrogen limitation, uptake, and turnover in stream ecosystems. In: Methods in Stream Ecology, FR Hauer and GA Lamberti (editors), 2nd edition. Academic Press

Wall LG, JL Tank, TV Royer, & MJ Bernot. 2005. Denitrification in a Midwestern agriculturally-influenced reservoir. Biogeochemistry 76:85-111.

Inwood SE, JL Tank, & MJ Bernot. 2005. The influence of land use on sediment denitrification rates in nine headwater streams within the Kalamazoo River Basin, USA. Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 24(2):227-245

Bernot MJ & WK Dodds. 2005. Nitrogen retention, removal, and saturation in lotic ecosystems. Ecosystems 8:442-453.

Bernot MJ, WK Dodds, WS Gardner, MJ McCarthy, D Sobolev, & JL Tank. 2003. Comparing denitrification estimates using acetylene inhibition and membrane inlet mass spectrometry methods. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 69:5950-5956.

Kemp MJ & WK Dodds. 2002. Comparisons of nitrification and denitrification in pristine and agriculturally influenced streams. Ecological Applications 12(4):998-1009.

Kemp MJ & WK Dodds. 2002. The influence of variable ammonium, nitrate, and oxygen concentrations on uptake, nitrification, and denitrification rates. Limnology and Oceanography 47(5):1380-1393.

Kemp MJ & Dodds. 2001. Spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen in pristine and agriculturally influenced streams. Biogeochemistry. 53(2):125-141.

Kemp MJ & WK Dodds. 2001. Centimeter-scale patterns of dissolved oxygen concentrations and nitrification rates in prairie stream substrata. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 20:347-357.

Dodds WK, MA Evans-White, NM Gerlanc, L Gray, DA Gudder, MJ Kemp, AL Lopez, D Stagliano, EA Strauss, JL Tank, MR Whiles, & WM Wolheim. 2000. Quantification of the nitrogen cycle in a prairie stream. Ecosystems 3:574-589.