Scott Bonar is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona and Leader of the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has conducted award-winning natural resources work in natural resources programs of state and federal government, universities, and private industry for over twenty-five years, authoring over 100 publications and supervising over eighty employees. His unit won the highest award in the nation for relations with cooperators, and science respectively. He holds a B.S. degree in Science Education from the University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington.
Dr. Bonar's fisheries work focuses on management and biology of fishes in the Western United States. He and his students have conducted research on fish-habitat relationships, interactions between native and nonnative fishes, rare fish propagation and fish diseases. He led over 250 biologists from 107 agencies, universities and private organizations to standardize freshwater fisheries monitoring in North America, the first time this has been done on such a large scale in history. He was president of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, and has spoken to a diverse array of groups both nationally and internationally, most notably, the NATO Environmental Security Council in Brussels, Belgium, and international fisheries conferences in North America and Europe. Dr. Bonar is familiar with a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems. He grew up in the large river and cypress swamp country of Southwestern Indiana and Kentucky; and studied and worked in the Puget Sound region of western Washington before moving to the deserts of the American Southwest.
Dr. Bonar enjoys working with students, agency personnel, academics and the general public to tackle critcal practical problems related to fisheries management and conservation of natural resources. He realizes that conservation of natural resources is ultimately best for people, and their future well-being is closely tied to how well they respect the land and the fish, wildlife and plant populations that live there. Dr. Bonar believes strongly that natural resources professionals need strong communication skills to be effective, and teaches and researches communication skills in conservation in addition to his fisheries work.
In his free time, Dr. Bonar enjoys time with his wife Ann, and his two daughters, Sophia and Sonja. His hobbies include hiking, rock hounding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and history. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he spends considerable time explaining why the desert Southwest is a wonderful place for a fish biologist.
You can write Dr. Bonar at:
USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
104 Biological Sciences East
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 85721, USA
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