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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Division of Birds

Labrador Duck
Labrador Duck
Christina Gebhard © Smithsonian Institution
bar Image of Joe Jehl, Research Associate
    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

  • Shipping Address:
    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., 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

Jehl, Joseph R., Jr. and Henry, Annette E. 2013. Intra-organ flexibility in the eared grebe Podiceps nigricollis stomach: a spandrel in the belly. Journal of Avian Biology, 44(2): 97-101. doi:10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.00059.x

Burger, Joanna, Jehl, Joseph R., Jr. and Gochfeld, Michael 2013. Selenium:mercury molar ratio in eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) as a possible biomarker of exposure. Ecological Indicators, 34: 60-68. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.04.001

Jehl, Joseph R., Jr. 2013. Ecological Constraints and Phenotypic Accommodation in One-legged Eared Grebes. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 125(4): 829-832. doi:10.1676/13-030.1

Wunder, Michael B., Jehl, Joseph R., Jr. and Stricker, Craig A. 2012. The early bird gets the shrimp: confronting assumptions of isotopic equilibrium and homogeneity in a wild bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81(6): 1223-1232. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.01998.x

Jehl, Joseph R., Day, K. and Schmidt, Brian K. 2012. The spectacular (and hazardous) migration of Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) through southern Utah. North American Birds, 66: 2-9.

Complete List of Jehl's Publications and Downloadable PDFs

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