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Bonnie Bowen

Bonnie S Bowen

  • Professor Emerita
I recently retired from teaching and research activities in EEOB, so I do not accept graduate students.  I continue to participate in a number of academic and scientific endeavors. During my career, I have conducted research in behavior, ecology, evolution, and genetics of free-living animals.  I am interested in the ways that ecology and behavior affect evolutionary processes and genetic structure in natural populations.  Most of my research has been conducted on birds, but I have also worked on populations of Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel, Lampsilis higginsii, an Endangered Species  in the Upper Mississippi River.  Currently I teach a field course in Animal Behavior at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona, with Dr. Howard Topoff for 10 days in July.

Another important component of career at Iowa State has been focused on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I was the Director and co-PI of the ISU ADVANCE Program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation from 2006-2012. I am also active in programs that support Broader Impacts activities of faculty, including SP@ISU (Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU) and the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI).

From 2004-2006 I was the Executive Director/Director of Academics & Research of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a field station on West Okoboji Lake in Northwest Iowa.  I am a Past-President of the Cooper Ornithological Society, which publishes the journal The Condor.  Recent articles published in Condor are available on the Condor website. Articles published more than 24 months ago are Open Access. The full content of any Condor article appearing in volumes 1 through 102 (years 1899 through 2000 C.E.) can be downloaded or displayed for free from SORA, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive, maintained at the University of New Mexico.  Click here to access SORA.

Contact Info

PO Box 16333


  • Ph.D., Genetics, University of California Berkeley, 1978
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 1972