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    Joseph R. Jehl, Jr.
    Research Associate

  • Phone:(202) 633-0793
  • Fax: (202) 633-8084
  • E-mail: grebe5k[at]

  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    PO Box 37012, MRC 116
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    Division of Birds
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0116

Research Interests

Current research interests: the biology of birds at hypersaline lakes, migration, flight physiology, body composition, long term ecological studies at salt lakes and Hudson Bay, and using science to promote valid conservation efforts.

Recent Publications

Jehl, Joseph R. 2017. Feather-Eating in Grebes: A 500-Year Conundrum. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(3): 447-458. doi:10.1676/16-196.1

Straker, Lorian Cobra and Jehl, Joseph R. 2017. Rapid mobilization of abdominal fat in migrating eared grebes. Journal of Avian Biology, 48(4): 465-471. doi:10.1111/jav.01007

Ellis, Kristen S., Jehl, Joseph R., Jr., Knight, Robert N., Marvel, Keeli S. and Larsen, Randy T. 2016. Spring Downings Clarify the Migration Biology of Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis). Waterbirds, 39(4): 338-345. doi:10.1675/063.039.0403

Jehl, Joseph R., Henry, Annette E. and Swanson, David L. 2015. Ratios, adaptations, and the differential metabolic capability of avian flight muscles. Journal of Avian Biology, 46(2): 119-124. doi:10.1111/jav.00506

Complete List of Jehl's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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