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Ron Bonett, PhD

Ron Bonett, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-3328 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Independent Research
  • Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
  • Research Experience
  • Seminar in Organismic/Environmental Biology