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Josh Bonde

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Geoscience

Expertise: Vertebrate paleontology, Geology and geologic history of Nevada


Joshua Bonde is an assistant professor in residence in the UNLV geoscience department. He also serves as a paleontology research associate for the Nevada State Museum-Carson City and serves on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Bonde's research focus is on ancient animals, which have inhabited the state of Nevada and surrounding areas. He works on a variety of different groups, including dinosaurs and ancient mammals. He has authored a number of papers on the paleontology of Nevada and has ongoing projects in nine counties across the state. These projects span from 320-million-year-old fish from central Nevada, to 115- to 100-million-year-old dinosaurs across the state, to Ice Age mammals from the Las Vegas Valley.

In addition to his work in paleontology, Bonde is active in science outreach to our community through public talks and through his affiliations with regional museums.

Bonde is a born-and-raised Nevadan hailing from Fallon, Nevada.


  • Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.S., Earth Sciences, Montana State University-Bozeman
  • B.S., Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

Josh Bonde In The News

Feb 1, 2018

The ice age treasures of Tule Springs are back home in Las Vegas after a decades-long detour to Southern California.

Jan 31, 2018

“Is this something we’ve seen before?” We asked Dr. Josh Bonde. He grinned. “No, this is going to be something new.”

Jan 29, 2018

Sabertooth cats once roamed Las Vegas, mammoths towered over the valley, and now, you can see them.

Aug 2, 2017

If fishing reports existed 250 million years ago they probably would have warned anglers to bring extra sturdy line to northern Nevada. That’s because newly described fossil evidence shows the warm waters of the time were home to a toothy apex predator that chomped its prey like a modern shark.

Articles Featuring Josh Bonde

Geoscientist Josh Bonde works in the paleontology lab
Oct 5, 2016

The improved facility will open to the public Oct. 8.

Jun 18, 2014

UNLV paleontologist Josh Bonde shares his favorite vertebrate discoveries in Nevada and where you can go see them today.

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