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Jonathan Balcombe
I was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and have lived in the United States since 1987. I studied biology in Toronto and Ottawa before earning a PhD in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, studying communication in bats. My career has been focused mainly... show more



I was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and have lived in the United States since 1987. I studied biology in Toronto and Ottawa before earning a PhD in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, studying communication in bats. My career has been focused mainly on animal protection. I have worked for several non-profit organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as well as a for-profit company, Immersion Medical. I have written many scientific papers and lay-articles on animal behavior, animal research, and humane education. From 2010 to 2015 I served as Department Chair of Animal Studies with Humane Society University, for which I developed and taught a course in Animal Sentience, as well as a course in Animal Behavior. Currently I am Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, based in Washington, DC. I took some time away from my "day job" last year to complete a four-year project researching and writing my latest book: What A Fish Knows (June 2016). My other books include The Exultant Ark (2011), Second Nature (2010), Pleasurable Kingdom (2006), and The Use of Animals in Higher Education (2000). I also do a fair amount of public speaking, especially when I have a new book out! I consider myself a member of a new breed of outdoorsmen who savor outdoor activities without "taking" any wildlife. In addition to hiking, biking, wilderness, birding, and kayaking, I enjoy piano (especially Bach), painting/drawing, travel, vegan cooking and baking, swimming, disc golf, and reading (preferably with a cat, dog, or rat on my lap). Please visit my website www.jonathanbalcombe.com and send me an email from there.

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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 years ago
Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams an...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it 3 years ago
A beautifully written book that summarises the life of fishes - what they see, hear, small, taste, touch, navigate, feel. If they feel pain and if they are aware. Do they have fun? The author also discusses what a fish thinks and if they are intelligent and if they can use tools. The social cont...
esterb
esterb rated it 9 years ago
The big question in this book is whether animals (read: non-humans) know pleasure like we (read: humans) do. Balcombe states yes, although it's very hard to put facts to the statement. Because there are so few facts to base your opinion on, it is more the question whether you believe Balcombe or not...
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