Dr Jonathan Balcombe (USA)

Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He studied biology at York University and Carleton University in Canada before earning his doctorate in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, studying communication in bats.

He has written many scientific papers and lay-articles on animal behavior, humane education, and animal research.

A popular speaker, he has given invited presentations in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and mainland Europe. In January 2007 he completed a 10-city lecture tour of medical and veterinary schools in India. In 2000, the Humane Society Press released his book The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations. His second book, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Macmillan), was released in May 2006. Jonathan Balcombe is currently Research Scientist with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications

Balcombe JP. 2000. The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations . Washington , D.C. : Humane Society Press.

Balcombe JP. 2006. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good . London : Macmillan.

Balcombe JP. 2002. Dissection and Dissent. Pp. 261-265 in Stallwood K (ed.) A Primer on Animal Rights . New York , Lantern.

Balcombe JP. 2003. Assessment of alternatives in education. Pp. 40-53 in Jukes N, Chiuia M (eds.) From Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse, 2 nd Edition , InterNICHE, Leicester, U.K.

Balcombe JP. 1997. Student/Teacher Conflict Regarding Animal Dissection. The American Biology Teacher, 59: 22-25.

Balcombe JP. 1997. Animals in education: overcoming barriers to acceptance. Pp. 441-444. in LFM van Zutphen, M Balls (eds.) Animal Alternatives, Welfare and Ethics . Elsevier , New York .

Balcombe JP. 1998. Dissection and Vivisection Law. Pp. 144-146. in M. Bekoff and C. Meaney, eds. Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare . Greenwood

Publishing Group, Inc., Westport , Connecticut .

Balcombe JP. 1999. Animals & Society courses: A growing trend in post-secondary education. Society and Animals 7(3): 229-240.

Balcombe JP. 2000. A global overview of law and policy concerning animal use in education. Pp. 1343-1350 in M Balls, A-M Zeller, ME Halder (eds.) Progress in the Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of Animal Experimentation . New York : Elsevier.

Balcombe JP. 2001. Dissection: The scientific case for alternatives. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 4(2): 117-126.

Balcombe JP. 2004. Medical training using simulation: Toward fewer animals and safer patients. Pp. 553-560 in The Three Rs at the Beginning of the 21 st Century

(AN Rowan & H Spielman, eds.). Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 32: Supplement 1B.

Balcombe JP, Barnard N, Sandusky C. 2004. Laboratory routines cause animal stress. Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science . 43(6): 42-51.

Balcombe JP. 2006 Laboratory Environments and Rodents' Behavioural Needs: A Review. Laboratory Animals 40 : 217–235.