photo.jpgMark Bonta

Visiting Associate Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development
Senior Faculty Associate, Center for Community and Economic Development

Program Coordinator, Master of Secondary Education – Social Sciences Track

Division of Social Sciences and History 
PO Box 3264, Kethley Hall 221
Delta State University 
Cleveland, Mississippi 38733
Tel 610.348.3282 / Fax 662.846.4099 / /


Dr. Bonta is originally from a ridgetop above the Juniata Valley in central Pennsylvania, and has made his way back to his home state after extended periods in Texas, Louisiana, the Yazoo—Mississippi Delta, Honduras, Niger, and elsewhere. He has geography degrees from Penn State (1990), University of Texas-Austin (1997), and Louisiana State University (2001). He resides in Ardmore, PA and will be leaving DSU after the end of spring semester 2013. For ongoing DSU degree programs and CCED projects, please contact the Division chair, Dr. Paulette Meikle ( You can continue to contact Dr. Bonta via Yahoo mail or telephone.


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SELECTED Publications



Ethno-ornithology / ornithogeography


(Forthcoming): Gosler, A., S. Bhagwat, S. Harrop, M. Bonta & S.Tidemann. ‘Leading and listening: Inspiration for conservation mission.’ Chap. 30 in Key Topics in Conservation Biology, 2nd edition, D. MacDonald, ed. Blackwell.

Ethno-ornithology and conservation. Chapter 2 in S. Tidemann & A. Gosler, eds. Ethno-ornithology: Birds and indigenous people, culture and society. London, UK: Earthscan Publications, 2010

On the transmutation of human knowledge about birds in 16th-century Honduras. Chapter 8 in S. Tidemann & A. Gosler, eds. Ethno-ornithology: Birds and indigenous people, culture and society. London, UK: Earthscan Publications., 2010

Ornithophilia: Thoughts on geography in birding. Geographical Review 100(2):139-151, 2010

Valorizing the relationships between people and birds: Experiences and lessons from Honduras. Ornitologia Neotropical 19(Suppl.), The Neotropical Ornithological Society, 2008

Seven Names for the Bellbird: Conservation Geography in Honduras. Texas A&M Press, College Station, 2003. Seven Names for the Bellbird @





(Forthcoming, spring 2012): Cycads and human life cycles: Outline of a symbology. ‘Proceedings of Cycad 2008: The 8th International Congress on Cycad Biology’; D. W. Stevenson et al., eds. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden

Use Value of Food Plants in the Xi’iuy Indigenous Community of Las Guapas, Rayon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (H. Carbajal-Esquivel, J. Fortanelli Martínez, J. García-Pérez, J. A. Reyes-Agüero, L. Yáñez-Espinosa, M. Bonta). Ethnobiology Letters 3 (39-55), 2012

Ethnobotany of Honduran cycads. In A.P. Vovides, D.W. Stevenson & R. Osborne (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cycad Biology (Xalapa, Mexico, 2005). Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 97: 120–142, 2007

Cycads in the vernacular—a compendium of local names (Bonta, M. & R. Osborne). In A.P. Vovides, D.W. Stevenson & R. Osborne (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cycad Biology (Xalapa, Mexico, 2005). Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 97: 143–175, 2007

An emended description of Dioon mejiae Standl (Haynes, J.L. & M. Bonta). In A.P. Vovides, D.W. Stevenson & R. Osborne (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cycad Biology (Xalapa, Mexico, 2005). Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 97:  418–443, 2007

Ethnobotany and conservation of Tiusinte (Dioon mejiae Standl. & L. O. Williams, Zamiaceae) in Northeastern Honduras (Bonta, M., O. Flores Pinot, D. Graham, J. Haynes, & G. Sandoval). Journal of Ethnobiology 26(2): Fall/Winter, 2006





(Forthcoming): We’re tired of trees’:  Machinic university geography teaching after Deleuze. Chapter in I. Semetsky  & D. Masny, eds., ‘Deleuze and Education,’ upcoming book from Edinburgh University Press

Rhizome of Boehme and Deleuze / Esoteric precursors of the god of complexity. SubStance 39(1):62-75, 2010

The multitude and its döppelganger: An exploration of global smooth space. ACME: An International E-journal for Critical Geographies 8(2):245-277 (in “Geographies of the Multitude” special issue, ed. J. Lepofsky), 2009

Taking Deleuze into the field: Machinic ethnography for the social sciences. Review essay in Deleuze Studies 3:135-142, 2009

Deleuze and Space, invited review. (Eds. I. Buchanan & G. Lambert, U Toronto Press, 2005), Annals of the Association of American Geographers 97(4): 811-813, 2007

Geography’ (pp. 243-246) & ‘Lefebvre, Henri’ (pp. 356-357). Entries in the Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press (J. Protevi, ed.), 2005. Published by Yale University Press as A Dictionary of Continental Philosophy,  2006

Deleuze and Geophilosophy: A Guide and Glossary (Bonta, M. and J. Protevi). Edinburgh University Press & Columbia University Press, 2004. Extract from 'Deleuze and Geophilosophy' (page 3); Deleuze and Geophilosophy @





Invited review of Molly Todd, Beyond Displacement: Campesinos, Refugees, and Collective Action in the Salvadoran Civil War. Journal of Historical Geography, 38(1):105-106, Jan. 2012

Cycad conservation, peasant subsistence, and the military coup in Honduras (Graham, D. & M. Bonta). Society and Natural Resources 24(2): 193-200, 2011

Invited review of Deleuze and Environmental Damage: Violence of the Text (M. Halsey, Ashgate, Advances in Criminology series, 2006). Geographical Review 98(4):573-576, 2008

Becoming-forest, becoming-local: Transformations of a protected area in Honduras. Geoforum 36(1):95-112, 2005. In special themed issue, ‘Critical Geographies of the Caribbean and Latin America’ (Eds. P. Kingsbury & B. Sletto)

Death toll one: An ethnography of hydropower and human rights violations in Honduras. GeoJournal 60(1):19-30, 2004. In special themed issue, ‘Interrogating the Globalization Project’ (Ed. R. Honey)

Jealous conservationists: Terratenientes and wildlife protection in Olancho, Honduras. In ‘Cultural and Physical Expositions: Geographic Studies in the Southern United States and Latin America’ (Eds. M. Steinberg & P. Hudson), Geoscience and Man 36:87-95. LSU: Geoscience and Man Publications, 2002



CULTURal-historical geography


The “Tambla” (Humuya) gomphothere (Honduras): The first report of fossil vertebrates in Central America (Lucas, S. G., M. Bonta, R. Rogers, & G. F. Alvarado). Revista Geológica de América Central 44:141-151, 2011

Tierra del oro y del talento cuna’: Causas y consecuencias del destino que se manifestó en los mapas hondureños de William V. Wells. Boletín de la AFEHC No. 48, January 2011, Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica. Special edition, Los mapas en la historia centroamericana, guest editor Karl Offen.

The dilemma of indigenous identity construction: The case of the newly-recognized Nahoa of Olancho, Honduras. Temas de Geografía Latinoamericana, Reunión CLAG-Morelia, pp. 49-86, P. S. Urquijo Torres & N. Barrera-Bassols, eds. Publ. by: Centro de Investigaciones en Geográfia Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Morelia; Instituto Nacional de Ecología, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales; Conference of Latin Americanists Geographers; Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Estado de Michoacán. 2009

On Olancho: Geographers, spatial identities, and the construction of a region. P. H. Herlihy, K. Mathewson, & C. S. Revels, eds., ‘Ethno- and Historical Geographic Studies in Latin America: Essays Honoring William V. Davidson.’ Geoscience and Man 40:193-206. LSU: Geoscience Publications, 2008






Dr. Bonta referees manuscripts on/involving Deleuze and Guattari, ethno-ornithology, Honduras, ivory-billed woodpeckers, and cycads for Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Bulletin for Latin American Research Cotinga, Ecological Modelling, Emotion, Space & Society, Geographical Review, HortScience, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of Latin American Geography,  Louisiana State University Press, Mesoamerica, Micronesica, Ornitologia Neotropical, Planning Theory, Political Geography, Professional Geographer, Society and Natural Resources, Society and Space, Southeastern Naturalist, University Press of Mississippi




Recent evaluation and  expert witness activity


Principal evaluator, Developing Personal Wealth (2011-2012) program extension, Center for Community and Economic Development, DSU, funded by the Foundation for the Mid-South

Independent contractor, Indianola Promise Project Needs Assessment (2011), Delta State University, funded by the Delta Health Alliance and Southern Research Group

Expert witness research/testimony. Cases involving Hondurans in US federal immigration courts are regularly reviewed and researched. Subjects include petitions for political asylum and other proceedings against removal based on gender discrimination, gang membership, environmental activism, and other human rights issues


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