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Dr. Scott Bonar

Dr. Scott A. Bonar


  • Ph D University of Washington 1990
  • BS University of Evansville 1983


Originally from Mt. Vernon Indiana, attended University of Evansville in Indiana (BS Science Education), then Ph.D. at University of Washington in Seattle. Managed inland fish research program at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for almost 10 yrs. before coming to the USGS Arizona Coop Unit.

Research Interests

desert fish management and biology, fisheries sampling methods, communication in natural resources, management of introduced species

Teaching Interests

Fisheries Biology and Management, Communication in Natural Resources

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - 2nd Vice President (August 2016 - August 2017)
  • American Fisheries Society - Symposium Co-Chair, Interactions Between Hydrology and Nonnative Aquatic Species (Symposium) (August 2016 - August 2016)
  • Other - Symposium Co-Chair, 7th World Fisheries Congress, Busan, Korea (May 2016 - May 2016)
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Research Publications

  • Brizendine, M. E., D. L. Ward, and S. A. Bonar. 2018. Effectiveness of Ultrasonic Imaging for Evaluating Presence and Maturity of Eggs in Fishes in Remote Field Locations. North American Journal of Fisheries Management Online Version DOI: 10.1002/nafm.10200, IP-098412.
  • Amberg, J. J., S. A. Bonar, C. Perez, C. B. Rees, C. Jackson, and R. M. Ulibarri. 2018. The Importance of Sound Methodology in Environmental DNA Sampling: Response to Comment. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 38:597-600. IP-092655
  • Bonar, S. A., and J. Trushenski. 2017. The skill we all need. Fisheries 42:397.

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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • RNR 495A/595a – Communication Skills in Conservation (2017)
  • Fisheries Management (2014)
  • Biopolitics: Communication in the Natural Resources (2013)
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Arizona Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Scott BonarMember, USFWS/NPS Mohave Tui Chub Recovery Team (September 2003 - October 2005)
  • Scott BonarMember, Apache Trout Recovery Research Project Advisory Panel, AZG&F (August 2000 - August 2000)

Arizona University Committees and Workgroups

  • Scott BonarOrganizer - Seminar Series, School of Natural Resources and the Environment (November 2015 - May 2016)
  • Scott BonarMember, Faculty Hiring Committee (September 2015 - January 2016)
  • Scott BonarMember, Natural Resources Department Policy Committee, University of Arizona (July 2001 - July 2002)
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Technical Publications

  • Bonar, S. A. 2018. Arizona Game and Fish Department leads adoption of AFS standard fish sampling methods in Arizona waters. Fish Soup. AZ-NM Chapter American Fisheries Society Newsletter Summer 2018:14
  • Bonar, S. A. 2017. A Tip for Those Rough Holiday Conversations About Protecting Our Environment. AFS Leader Line Newsletter.Abstract |
  • Bonar, S. 2016. Candidate Statement: AFS Second Vice President: Scott Bonar, Fisheries, 41:2, 61-62.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 95

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute