Ron Bonett, PhD
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.
Influence of developmental and life history variation on patterns of reproductive isolation Biogeography, Molecular Endocrine Research
Organismic and Evolutionary biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Mechanism of Animal Development
Bonett, Ronald et al. “Rapid Phenotypic Evolution Following Shifts in Life Cycle Complexity.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285.1871 (2018): n. pag. Print.
Phillips, John et al. “Hydrologic and Geologic History of the Ozark Plateau Drive Phylogenomic Patterns in a Cave-Obligate Salamander.” Journal of Biogeography 44.11 (2017): 2463–2474. Print.
Bonett, Ronald, and Andrea Blair. “Evidence for Complex Life Cycle Constraints on Salamander Body Form Diversification.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.37 (2017): 9936–9941. Print.
Kyono, Yasuhiro et al. “Liganded Thyroid Hormone Receptors Transactivate the DNA Methyltransferase 3a Gene in Mouse Neuronal Cells.” Endocrinology 157.9 (2016): 3647–3657. Print.
Bonett, Ronald. “Analyzing Endocrine System Conservation and Evolution.” General and Comparative Endocrinology 234 (2016): 3–9. Print.
Martin, Samuel et al. “Biogeography and Colonization History of Plethodontid Salamanders from the Interior Highlands of Eastern North America.” Journal of Biogeography 43.2 (2016): 410–422. Print.
Martin, Samuel, and Ronald Bonett. “Biogeography and Divergent Patterns of Body Size Disparification in North American Minnows.” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 93 (2015): 17–28. Print.
Bagamasbad, Pia et al. “Deciphering the Regulatory Logic of an Ancient, Ultraconserved Nuclear Receptor Enhancer Module.” Molecular Endocrinology 29.6 (2015): 856–872. Print.
Bonett, Ronald, Michael Steffen, and Grant Robison. “Heterochrony Repolarized: A Phylogenetic Analysis of Developmental Timing in Plethodontid Salamanders.” EvoDevo 5.1 (2014): n. pag. Print.
Steffen M., Irwin K., Blair A., and Bonett R. Larval Masquerade: A New Species of Paedomorphic Salamander (Caudata: Plethodontidae: Eurycea) from the Ouachita Mountains of North America. Vol. 3786, Zootaxa, 2014, pp. 423-42.
Bonett R., Steffen M., Lambert S., Wiens J., and Chippindale P. Evolution of Paedomorphosis in Plethodontid Salamanders: Ecological Correlates and Re-Evolution of Metamorphosis. Vol. 68, Evolution, 2014, pp. 466-82.
Aran R., Steffen M., Martin S., Lopez O., and Bonett R. Reduced Effects of Thyroid Hormone on Gene Expression and Metamorphosis in a Paedomorphic Plethodontid Salamander. Vol. 322, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 2014, pp. 294-03.
Rovito S., Parra-Olea G., Hanken J., Bonett R., and Wake D. Adaptive Radiation in Miniature: The Minute Salamanders of the Mexican Highlands (Amphibia: Plethodontidae: Thorius). Vol. 109, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2013, pp. 622-43.
Bonett R., Trujano-Alvarez A., Williams M., and Timpe E. Biogeography and Body Size Shuffling of Aquatic Salamander Communities on a Shifting Refuge. Vol. 280, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2013.
Elmer K., Bonett R., Wake D., and Lougheed S. Early Miocene Origin and Cryptic Diversification of South American Salamanders. Vol. 13, BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2013.
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.
- Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
- Research Experience
- Independent Research
- Independent Study
- Dissertation Research
- Senior Seminar
- Mechanisms of Animal Development
- Mechanism of Animal Development
- Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
- Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab