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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

Apr 28, 2017

A week full of exploration and discovery is underway with more than 40 educational events throughout the Las Vegas Valley as part of the Science & Technology Festival. Hands-on exhibits, debates and tours of various facilities are scheduled, even an appearance by a creator of infamous “Star Wars” vehicles on May the Fourth.

Apr 6, 2017

Las Vegas is known for demolishing most of its past, at least above ground.

The earth remains chock full of prehistoric relics. Now, for the first time in years, a key find is in public hands.

Mar 20, 2017

Josh Bonde is a professor of paleontology at UNLV and is on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, where he is in charge of the research side of projects. To him, dinosaurs are the best way to get through to people about science and the history of Nevada.

Jan 18, 2017

Bernard Means is, technically speaking, a scientist. But he’s also an artist of sorts who works in the media of digital imagery and, sometimes, bones.

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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