Allison Bronson Ph.D.

Lecturer - Zoology

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(707) 826-3434
SciA 355B

I grew up in California and received a Bachelor's of Science from Humboldt State University (now CalPoly Humboldt) in Zoology and Marine Biology in 2014 before earning my PhD from the American Museum of Natural History in Comparative Biology in 2018.

Specialty Area

Anatomy, Morphology, and Systematics of Living and Fossil Fishes


BS (Zoology & Marine Biology) 2014, Humboldt State University/Cal Poly Humboldt
PhD (Comparative Biology), 2018, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History

Courses Taught

Introductory Zoology
Methods of Laboratory Instruction
Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates


I study the cranial anatomy and systematics of fossil and living chondrichthyans, sensory and endocranial anatomy of living fishes, and methods in CT scanning and scientific imaging.

Link to Allison's research page


  • BRONSON, A.W. 2021. A three-dimensionally preserved stethacanthid cranium from the Late Mississippian Fayetteville Shale (Arkansas, USA). In: A. Pradel, John S.S. Denton, and P. Janvier (Editors.) Ancient Fishes and their living relatives: a tribute to John G. Maisey.
  • T. Durieux; M.A. Lopez; A.W. BRONSON; A.M.F. Tomescu. 2021. A new phylogeny of the cladoxylopsid plexus – contribution of an early cladoxylopsid from the Lower Devonian (Emsian) of Quebec. American Journal of Botany.
  • Peecook, B., A.W. BRONSON, B. Otoo, and C. Sidor. 2021. Freshwater fish faunas from two Permian rift valleys of Zambia, novel additions to the ichthyofauna of southern Pangea. Journal of African Earth Sciences 183 (2021): 104325 doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2021.104325
  • Toledo, S., A. Bippus, B. Atkinson, A.W. BRONSON, and A. Tomescu. 2021. Taxon sampling and alternative hypotheses of relationships in the euphyllophyte plexus that gave rise to seed plants: insights from an Early Devonian radiatopsid. New Phytologist doi:10.1111/NPH.17511.
  • Maisey, J. G., P. Janvier, A. Pradel, J.S.S. Denton, A.W. BRONSON, R. Miller, and C. Burrow. 2019. Doliodus and pucapampellids: contrasting perspectives on stem chondrichthyan morphology. In: Z. Johanson, C. Underwood, and M. Richter (Editors.) Evolution and Development of Fishes.


Graduate Students

Nicole Rahman-Garnier, Melody Tew