Tom Bonnot

Postdoc, School of Natural ResourcestomBonnet

Northeast Climate Science Center

Contact Information

302 ABNR Building,                                   Columbia, MO 65201                                   Phone: (573) 8875-5341 x227                            Fax: (573) 884-5070                                     Email:


PhD, University of Missouri, 2016

MS, University of Missouri, Fish and Wildlife Sciences, 2006

BS, University of Missouri, Fish and Wildlife Sciences, 2002

Research Interests

My research focuses on integrating field and analytical methods with landscape, habitat, and population modeling to assist wildlife harvest management and conservation planning at local, landscape, and regional scales.


Current Research

My current focus is on developing methods to evaluate how landscape change and climate change will impact the growth and viability of regional wildlife populations. I am collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northeast Climate Science Center to link climate, landscape, and population models to project future landscape conditions and population growth under various climate-change scenarios.

These results are only useful if they can inform conservation managers and planners in clear and straightforward ways. Therefore, I am working with the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative to integrate these models and structure decision making to choose among conservation scenarios that best meet desired endpoints for focal wildlife species in the Ozark Highlands region under climate change.


Millspaugh, J.J., C.T. Rota, R.A. Gitzen, R.A. Montgomery, T.W. Bonnot, J.L. Belant, C.R. Ayers, D.C. Kesler, D.A. Eads, and C.M. Bodinof Jachowski. In press. Analysis of resource selection by animals. In: D. Murray, G. Chapron (eds) Population Ecology in Practice: Underused, Misused, and Abused Methods. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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. The 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, J. L. Bryan. 2011. Discrete choice modeling of shovelnose sturgeon habitat selection in the Lower Missouri River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:291-300.

Bonnot, Thomas W, Joshua J Millspaugh, and Mark 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.

Rumble, M. A., Juntti, T. M., 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., M. A. Rumble, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2008. Nest success of Black-backed Woodpeckers in forests with mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the Black Hills, South Dakota. The Condor 110:450-457.

Millspaugh, J., S. Amelon, T. Bonnot, D. T. Farrand, R. Gitzen, D. Jachowski, B. Keller, C. McGowan, S. Pruett, C. Rittenhouse, and K. Suedkamp Wells. 2008. Effects of culling on bison demographics in Midwestern national parks. Natural Areas Journal 28:240-250.

Schulz, J. H., J. J. Millspaugh, A. J. Bermudez, X. Gao, T. W. Bonnot, L. G. Britt, and M. Paine. 2006. Acute lead toxicosis in mourning doves. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:413-421.


Manuscripts in review or preparationTom_Baskett2013

Bleisch, A. D., B. J. Keller, L. P. Hansen, T. W. Bonnot, and J. J. Millspaugh. In Review. Initial movements of reintroduced elk in the Missouri Ozarks. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Zimmer, S. A., T. W. Bonnot, J. T. Briggler, A. M. Shiller, G. W. Whitledge, and J. J. Millspaugh. In Review. Use of microchemistry analysis to determine river of capture for commercially harvested river turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology.