Faculty Profile for Dr. Timothy H Bonner

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Dr. Timothy H Bonner
Professor - Endowed Professorship — Biology
Professor — Biology
FAB 206
phone: (512) 245-3549

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I earned a PhD in Fisheries Science from Texas Tech University in 2000. My dissertation and subsequent publications addressed water quantity issues within prairie streams of central USA.

Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary aquatic scientist with 22 years of experience as a professor and 31 years of experience in field research, including assessments of aquatic communities (i.e., aquatic insects, mussels, and fishes) and environments (i.e., water quality and water quantity/instream flows/environmental flows). My students and I, along with numerous collaborators, quantify population and community patterns and develop, test, or refine theoretical models to understand the patterns. An accurate understanding of processes and patterns is necessary to predict, manage, and mitigate the effects of past, current, and future anthropogenic stressors (e.g., instream flow modifications, water quality, climate change) on aquatic communities. As an active researcher, I have developed expertise in Texas fishes, co-authoring “The Freshwater Fishes of Texas” book (2007), maintaining Texas inland fish checklist and dichotomous keys (Craig and Bonner 2019), co-teaching Mussel and Fish identification Short Course through TxState Continuing Education (2014 – 2023), and advising state and federal authorities on the status of imperiled mussels and fishes.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Kolonin, A., Bokony, V., Bonner, T. H., Jaime Zuniga-Vega, J., Aspbury, A., Guzman, A., … Gabor, C. (2022). Coping With Urban Habitats Via Glucocorticoid Regulation: Physiology, Behavior, and Life History in Stream Fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 62(1), 90–103. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icac002
  • Sotola, V. A., Sullivan, K. T., Littrell, B. M., Martin, N. H., Stich, D. S., & Bonner, T. H. (2020). Short-term responses of freshwater mussels to floods in a southwestern USA river estimated using mark-recapture sampling. FRESHWATER BIOLOGY. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13642
  • Craig, C. A., & Bonner, T. H. (2020). Spring flow lost: a historical and contemporary perspective of an urban fish community. URBAN ECOSYSTEMS. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-020-01047-6
  • Bonner, T. H., & Craig, C. A. (2019). Drainage Basin Checklists and Dichotomous Keys for Inland Fishes of Texas.
  • Faucheux, Nicky M. H., Craig, C. A., & Bonner, T. H. (2019). Rapid Assessment for Identifying Species of Greatest Conservation Need: Towards a Unified Approach. FISHERIES, 44(10), 488–497. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10289

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Fisheries Worker of 2017 in Fisheries Research, Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, Texas State University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, Texas State University. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, Texas State University. 2002

Selected Grants

  • Bonner, Timothy H (Co-Principal), Oborny, Ed (Co-Principal), Doyle, Robert (Co-Principal). San Marcos and Comal Rivers Habitat Conservation Plan—Biological Monitoring, Edwards Aquifer Authority, $2000000. (Submitted: 2018, Funded: 2019 - 2023). Grant.
  • Bonner, Timothy H. Aquatic biota of Delaware River (Culberson County, Texas), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, $92000. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
  • Dutton, Jessica (Principal), Bonner, Timothy H (Co-Principal). Mercury levels in fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico and the risk to human health, Texas State University Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: January 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017). Grant.
  • Bonner, Timothy H (Co-Principal), Oborny, Ed (Co-Principal), Doyle, Robert (Co-Principal). San Marcos and Comal Rivers Habitat Conservation Plan—Biological Monitoring, Edwards Aquifer Authority, $2080000. (Funded: 2014 - 2018). Grant.
  • Schwalb, A, Forstner, M, Bonner, Timothy H. Texas Department of Transportation, $180000. (Funded: 2014 - 2015). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Advisor
TxState BassCats--Tournament Fishing club
2009-Present
BS Aquatic Biology Program advisor
2008-Present
Advisor
TxState Aquatic Biology Society
2006-Present
Organizer and weighmaster
Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament
2003-Present
Reviewer / Referee
1925-Present