Ron Bonett - Faculty & Adjuncts

Ron Bonett, PhD

Ron Bonett, PhD
Professor of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-3328 Website Oliphant Hall Room 326


PhD – University of Texas at Arlington MS – East Stroudsburg University BS – East Stroudsburg University


Ronald Bonett's research focuses on the evolution of alternate developmental patterns in vertebrates, particularly amphibians. Most amphibians have a biphasic life cycle with an aquatic larval stage followed by metamorphosis into a more terrestrial adult form, but several lineages have independently evolved alternate developmental pathways resulting in both strictly aquatic and strictly terrestrial species. Using a variety of behavioral, ecological, endocrinological, genomic, and phylogenetic approaches, Bonett seeks to understand how deviations in developmental patterns have influenced the evolution of vertebrate diversity.

Research Interests

Influence of developmental and life history variation on patterns of reproductive isolation Biogeography, Molecular Endocrine Research

Teaching Interests

Organismic and Evolutionary biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Mechanism of Animal Development
Amphibian Biology


Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • Beachy, Christopher, Travis Ryan, and Ronald Bonett. “How Metamorphosis Is Different in Plethodontids: Larval Life History Perspectives on Life-Cycle Evolution.” Herpetologica. Vol. 73. 2017. 252–258. Print.


  • Bonett, Ronald. “An Integrative Endocrine Model for the Evolution of Developmental Timing and Life History of Plethodontids and Other Salamanders.” Copeia 104.1 (2016): 209–221. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Research Experience
  • Mechanism of Animal Development
  • Mechanisms of Animal Development
  • Independent Research
  • Independent Study
  • Dissertation Research
  • Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology