Ronald M. Bonett
My 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, I seek to understand how deviations in developmental patterns have influenced the evolution of vertebrate diversity.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D. Quantitative Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, TX, 2004
- M.S. Biological Sciences, East Stroudsburg University, PA, 2000
- B.S. Biological Sciences, East Stroudsburg University, PA, 1998
Areas of Research Focus
- Biogeography, behavior, development, ecology, and evolution of amphibians
Methods include: bioinformatics, DNA and RNA sequence collection, gene expression, behavioral and hormonal experiments, morphological analyses, and a variety of phylogenetic methods.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2006 – 2007
- Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, 2004 - 2006