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Department of Biology


Dr. Jason E. Bond



Area of Study: 

Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution - Arachnids and Myriapods








Howell Science- N211


East Carolina University


Department of Biology


Greenville, NC 27858


Research Program

How we define and characterize species is a fundamental question that lies at the core of most biological disciplines and strongly influences how we formulate conservation strategies.  Despite the relative significance of understanding the very essence of one of the most basic units of biological diversity, the meaning of the term species and the process of speciation remain one of the more contentious and perhaps poorly understood subjects of evolutionary biology.  Because speciation is a multifarious process my research crosses multiple hierarchical levels of biological organization relying heavily on phylogenetic approaches that utilizes molecular, ecological, discrete morphological, and quantitative morphometric data.  The study of such a complex process requires a multifaceted approach; numerous biotic and abiotic factors like ecology, physiology, behavior, population structure, biogeography and geology influence speciation pattern and process.  

In my opinion a comprehensive research program that addresses questions related to arthropod evolutionary diversification and biodiversity requires at the very least a two-tiered approach.  In general terms we are interested in both the empirical and ontological nature of species.  First, how do we define species meaningfully for a broader audience's use in evaluating and defining Evolutionarily Significant Units for conservation purposes? Second, what fundamental evolutionary processes underlie speciation events?  In particular what roles do population subdivision and sexual selection play?  We achieve these objectives through alpha-taxonomic, phylogeographic, evolutionary, and spatial distributional studies of spider and millipede populations and species.

Courses Taught

BIOL 1200. Introductory Biology for Majors

BIOL 6210 & 4210. Phylogenetic Theory

BIOL 6220. Advanced Topics in Evolution


Recent Publications

*Hendrixson, BE and JE Bond§. 2009. Evaluating the Efficacy of Continuous Quantitative Characters for Phylogenetic Reconstruction: An Empirical Example Using a Group of Morphologically Homogeneous Spiders (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Antrodiaetidae, Antrodiaetus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 53: 300-313, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.06.001.

*Marek, PE and and JE Bond§.   2009.  A Müllerian mimicry ring in Appalachian millipedes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 106: 9755-9760, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810408106.

*Walker MJ, AK Stockman, PE Marek, JE Bond§. 2009.  Pleistocene glacial refugia in the Appalachian Mountains and coastal plain: evidence from a unique mitochondrial phylogeographic pattern in the millipede genus Narceus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 9: 25, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-25.

Bond JE and AK Stockman. 2008. An Integrative Method for Delimiting Cohesion Species: Finding the Population-Species Interface in a Group of Californian Trapdoor Spiders with Extreme Genetic Divergence and Geographic Structuring. Systematic Biology, 57: 628-646, doi: doi: 10.1080/10635150802302443. With cover image.

*Stockman AK and JE Bond§. 2008. A taxonomic review of the trapdoor spider genus Promyrmekiaphila Schenkel (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Cyrtaucheniidae, Euctenizinae).  Zootaxa, 1823: 25-41.

*Stockman AK, R Danell, and JE Bond§. 2008. D-NOVL: a program to simulate overlap between two niche-based distribution models. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8: 290-294, doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01947.x.

Dicko C, D Porter, J Bond, J Kenney, F Vollrath. 2008.Structural disorder in silk proteins reveals the emergence of elastomericity. Biomacromolecules, 9: 216-221, doi:10.1021/bm701069y.

Bond JE and N.I. Platnick.  2007. Taxonomic review of the trapdoor spider genus Myrmekiaphila (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Cyrtaucheniidae).  American Museum Novitates, 3596: 1-30.

*Marek PE and JE Bond§. 2007. A reassessment of apheloriine millipede phylogeny: additional taxa, Bayesian inference, and direct optimization.  Zootaxa, 1610: 16-39.

*Stockman AK and JE Bond§. 2007. Delimiting cohesion species: extreme population structuring and the role of ecological interchangeability. Molecular Ecology, 16: 3374-3392, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03389.

*Hendrixson, BE and JE Bond§. 2007.Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of an ancient Holarctic lineage of mygalomorph spiders (Araneae: Antrodiaetidae: Antrodiaetus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 42: 738-755, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.09.010.

Sierwald, P and JE Bond. 2007. Current status of the myriapod class Diplopoda (millipedes): Taxonomic diversity and phylogeny. Annual Review of Entomology, 52: 401-420, doi:10.1146/annurev.ento.52.111805.090210.

Bond JE, DA Beamer, T Lamb, & MC Hedin.2006. Combining genetic and geospatial analyses to infer population extinction in mygalomorph spiders endemic to the Los Angeles region. Animal Conservation, 9: 145-157, doi:10.1111/j.1469-1795.2006.00024.x.

Bond JE and MC Hedin. 2006. A total evidence assessment of the phylogeny of the diverse North American trapdoor spider subfamily Euctenizinae (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Cyrtaucheniidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 41: 70-85, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.04.026.

Bond JE and DA Beamer. 2006. A morphometric analysis of mygalomorph spider carapace shape and its efficacy as a phylogenetic character (Araneae). Invertebrate Systematics, 20: 1-7.

Hedin, MC and JE Bond. 2006.Molecular phylogenetics of the spider infraorder Mygalomorphae using nuclear rDNA genes (18S and 28S): Conflict and agreement with the current system of classification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 41: 454-471, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.05.017.

*Marek, PE and JE Bond§. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of the colorful, cyanide-producing millipedes of Appalachia (Polydesmida, Xystodesmidae, Apheloriini) using a total evidence Bayesian approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 41: 704-729 doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.05.043.

Marek, PE and JE Bond§. 2006. Rediscovery of the leggiest animal. Nature, 441: 707.

Opell, BD, JE Bond, & DA Warner.2006. The Effects of Spider Orb-web Orientation and Visibility on Prey Interception.  Zoology, 109: 339-345, doi:10.1016/j.zool.2006.04.002.

Stockman, AK, DA Beamer, & JE Bond§. 2006. Predicting the distribution of non-vagile taxa: Aresponse to McNyset and Blackburn (2006) and re-valuation Stockman et al. (2006). Diversity and Distributions, 12: 787-792, doi: 10.1111/j.1366-9516.2006.00296.

Stockman, AK, DA Beamer, & JE Bond§. 2006. An evaluation of a GARP model as approach to predicting the spatial distribution of a non-vagile invertebrate species. Diversity and Distributions, 12: 81-89.

Bond JE. 2005. Cyrtaucheniidae In: Ubick, D., P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing, and V. Roth (eds.), Spiders of North America: An identification manual: 45-47.

Bond JE and BE Hendrixson. 2005. Ctenizdiae In: Ubick, D., P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing, and V. Roth (eds.), Spiders of North America: An identification manual: 43-44.

Sierwald P, JE Bond, G Gurda. 2005. The millipede type specimens of the Field Museum of Natural History (Arthropoda: Diplopoda).  Zootaxa, 1005: 1-69. ISSN 1175-5326.

*Hendrixson, BE and JE Bond§. 2005. Testing species boundaries in the Antrodiaetus unicolor species complex (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Antrodiaetidae): Paraphyly and cryptic diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 36: 405-416.

*Hendrixson, BE & JE Bond§ 2005. Two sympatric species of Antrodiaetus from Southwestern North Carolina (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Antrodiaetidae). Zootaxa, 872: 1-19.

Bond JE. 2004. The Californian euctenizine spider genus Apomastus (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Cyrtaucheniidae): the relationship between molecular and morphological taxonomy. Invertebrate Systematics. 18: 361-376.

Laboratory Personnel

 Lynn Swafford Lynn Swafford
 Chad Spruill Chad Spruill
 christopher hamilton Christopher Hamilton
 michael brewer bond Michael Brewer
Laboratory Websites

The BondLab WebPage: http://core.ecu.edu/biol/bondja/

Mygalmorph spider WebPages: http://wwww.mygalomorphae.org

The Myriapod WebPages: http://www.myriapoda.org