Stephanie Bernasconi

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Staff Scientist

Ecosystem Ecology Group

Part-Time Environmental Educator

Education Department


610-268-2153, ext. 1230
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311


  • M.S., renewable natural resources with a concentration in fisheries and aquaculture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • B.S., environmental science, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Staff scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2018–present.
  • Education coordinator, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, West Chester, 2017–2018.
  • Graduate assistant, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2015–2016.
  • Intern, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland, 2013.
  • Teaching assistant, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2013.
  • Research assistant, Global Scholars, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2012.
  • Independent research, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 2011.

Related News

Rachel Johnson and Dave Arscott at the Watershed Heroes event.

Stronger Together: A Nonprofit Partnership Raises Road Salt Awareness

Stroud Water Research Center is honored to have received the Watershed Heroes Nonprofit Steward award from Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.
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Stream nitrogen uptake associated with suspended sediments: a microcosm study

Bacmeister, E., E. Peck, S. Bernasconi, S. Inamdar, J. Kan, and M. Peipoch. 2022. Frontiers in Environmental Science 10: 1043638.
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Effects of relic low-head dams on stream denitrification potential: seasonality and biogeochemical controls

Hripto, J., S. Inamdar, M. Sherman, E. Peck, A.J. Gold, S. Bernasconi, K. Addy, and M. Peipoch. 2022. Aquatic Sciences 84: 60.
Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’  Doorsteps

Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’ Doorsteps

The freshwater-focused activities can be completed without professional instruction, advanced technologies, English language fluency, or access to high-quality green spaces.
Stephanie Bernasconi on a mountaintop.

Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi

Bernasconi originally wanted to be a marine biologist but a semester on a sailing ship convinced her to stick to studying fresh water.
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Eastern oyster clearance and respiration rates in response to acute and chronic exposure to suspended sediment loads

La Peyre, M.K., S. Bernasconi, R. Lavaud, S.M. Casas, and J.F. La Peyrec. 2020. Journal of Sea Research 157, 101831.