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Bernot, James

Jimmy Bernot is an evolutionary and computational biologist specializing in parasitic copepod taxonomy and systematics. He has been a taxonomic editor in WoRMS for copepods since 2017 and has been engaged in a variety of WoRMS activities including the 2020 WoRMS image working group, the last two WoRMS Top-Ten New Species committees, and a working group to develop a parasite portal in WoRMS since 2017. As an active taxonomist and collections researcher, Jimmy values WORMS’s role as the preeminent taxonomic database for most marine organisms and appreciates on a daily basis the massive time-savings WoRMS provides to users by streamlining data collection including species diversity, authorities, and literature, among others. He is interested in making additional biodiversity data more readily available in WoRMS, especially type data (locality, specimen numbers) and host-parasite associations. Jimmy is also interested in expanding the incorporation of images in WoRMS by integrating with other databases and has a particular interest in adding images from species descriptions so that they are more readily available to users for identification purposes. As a computational biologist, Jimmy is interested in automating these processes where possible to collect, organize, and distribute these data more readily. In addition to these scientific endeavors, Jimmy is actively involved in science communication and would like to increase the visibility of WoRMS and drive awareness in the scientific community and general public through engagement efforts in digital and social media.

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  • Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Natural History; Department of Invertebrate Zoology (IZ), more
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  • WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), more
  • Function: Taxonomic editor

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    Natural History Museum; Department of Life Sciences, more

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  • World of Copepods, more

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