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The research of marine scientist Renate E. Bernstein has fostered a greater understanding of the relationship between climate change and the health of the world’s oceans. Over the course her career, she has created and field-tested instrumentation used to gauge the quantity of carbon in the ocean. Renate E. Bernstein also studied foraminifera, which are microscopic plankton that serve as an indicator for the viability of coral reefs. Her research was supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The results of Renate E. Bernstein’s investigations have appeared in a number of academic journals. In 2004, she served as the lead author of the paper “Acantharians and Marine Barite,” which was published in Marine Chemistry. In 1998, the results of a study of acantharians were printed in Deep Sea Research. In earlier years, the work of Dr. Bernstein and her fellow investigators appeared in some of the scientific world’s most respected publications, namely Science and Nature. Likewise, Renate E. Bernstein has shared her findings at professional conferences across North America. Most recently, she participated on a team that presented three papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc. The research dealt with acantharian-derived particulates, in-situ observations of sediment trap hydrodynamics and particle collection rates, and particle flux measurements in the Sargasso Sea. Aside from her research endeavors, Dr. Bernstein has sought to educate the public about marine life. She developed a mobile, called the Marine Microsphere, which strings together brightly colored radiolarians, a microscopic form of plankton. The mobile comes with an educational pamphlet that describes the important role played by radiolarians in the ocean environment.

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University of South Florida College of Marine Science




University of South Florida