Thomas Bonnot, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-875-5341
Address 302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Natural Resources (with minor in Statistics)

Research Summary

Bonnot’s research addresses the conservation of wildlife populations amidst landscape and climate change.  He incorporates field data with landscape, habitat, and population modeling to identify global change impacts on wildlife species.  At the same time, much of his research is devoted to approaches that can better translate these impacts to managers and help them make informed conservation decisions, such as integrating predictive models with decision analysis methods.

Selected Publications

  • Bonnot, T. W., D. T. Jones-Farrand, F. R. Thompson III, J. J. Millspaugh, J. A. Fitzgerald, N. Muenks, P. Hanberry, E Stroh, L. Heggemann, A. Fowler, M. Howery, S. Hammond, K. Evans.  In Review.  Developing a decision support framework for Landscape Conservation Design: integrating dynamic landscape population models and Structured Decision Making.  Forest Service General Technical Report.
  • Smith, T. N., C. R. Rota, B. J. Keller, M. C. Chitwood, T. W. Bonnot, L. P. Hansen, J. J. Millspaugh.  2018. Resource Selection of a Recently Reintroduced Elk Population in Missouri. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21584
  • Bonnot, T. W., A. Cox, F. R. Thompson, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2018. Threat of climate change on a songbird population through its impacts on breeding.  Nature Climate Change, 8(8), 718-722. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0232-8 
  • Bonnot, T. W., F. R. Thompson, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2017. Dynamic-landscape metapopulation models predict complex response of wildlife populations to climate and landscape change. Ecosphere 8:e01890-n/a. 
  • Bleisch, A. D., B. J. Keller, T. W. Bonnot, L. P. Hansen, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2017. Initial Movements of Re- introduced Elk in the Missouri Ozarks. American Midland Naturalist 178:1-16. 
  • Bonnot, T. W., F. R. Thompson III, J. J. Millspaugh, and D. T. Jones-Farrand. 2013. Landscape-based population viability models demonstrate importance of strategic conservation planning for birds. Biological Conservation 165:104-114. 
  • Schulz, J. H., T. W. Bonnot, J. J. Millspaugh, and T. W. Mong. 2013. Harvest and crippling rates of mourning doves in Missouri. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:287-292. 
  • Schulz, J. H., T. W. Bonnot, T. W. Mong, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2013. Statewide and local recruitment of mourning doves in Missouri. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:336-345. 
  • Bonnot, T. W., F. R. Thompson III, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2011. Extension of landscape-based population viability models to ecoregional scales for conservation planning.  Biological Conservation 144:2041-2053. 
  • Bonnot, T. W., Schulz, J. H., and J. J. Millspaugh.  2011. Factors affecting mourning dove harvests in Missouri.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:76-84. 
  • Bonnot, T. W., M. L. Wildhaber, J. J. Millspaugh, A. J. DeLonay, R. B. Jacobson, and J. L. Bryan. 2011. Discrete choice modeling of shovelnose sturgeon habitat selection in the Lower Missouri River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:291-300. 
  • Rumble, M. A., Juntti, T. W., Bonnot, T. W., Millspaugh, J. J.  2009.  Digital voice recording:   An efficient alternative for data collection.   Res. Note. RMRS-RN-38. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 3 p. 
  • Bonnot, T. W, J. J. Millspaugh, and M. A Rumble. 2009. Multi-scale nest-site selection by black-backed woodpeckers in outbreaks of mountain pine beetles. Forest Ecology and Management 259:220-228.