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The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Selected Publications: Dr. Jack Dumbacher 
  • Evaluation of scientific information regarding Preble's meadow jumping mouse. B. S. Arbogast, J. P. Dumbacher, S. J. Steppan, S. P. Courtney, and L. A. Sztukowski. 2006. Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, Portland, Oregon. (Report submitted by Sustainable Ecosystems Institute to US Fish and Wildlife Service, July 20, 2006.)
  • Mid-Pleistocene divergence of Cuban and North American ivory-billed woodpeckers. R. C. Fleischer, J. J. Kirchman, J. P. Dumbacher, et al. 2006. Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2006.0490.
  • Tracing the phylogeography of human populations in Britain based on 4th-11th century mtDNA genotypes. A. L. Topf, M. T. Gilbert, J. P. Dumbacher, and A. R. Hoelzel. 2006. Mol. Biol. Evol. 23(1): 152-161.
  • "Batrachotoxin" in Encyclopedia of Toxicology J.P. Dumbacher. 2005. (Wexler P), 2nd edition. Oxford. Elsevier. pp. 215-17.
  • Prevalence and differential host-specificity of two avian blood parasite genera in the Australo-Papuan region. Beadell, J. S., E. Gering, J. Austin, J. P. Dumbacher, M. A. Peirce, T. K. Pratt, C. A. Atkinson, and R. C. Fleischer. 2004. Molecular Ecology 13: 3829-3844.
  • Melyrid beetles ( Choresine): A putative source for the batrachotoxin alkaloids found in poison-dart frogs and toxic passerine birds. J. P. Dumbacher, A. Wako, S. R. Derrickson, A. Samuelson, T. F. Spande, and J. W. Daly. 2004. PNAS, 101(45): 15857-15860. (Article at PNAS)(PNAS)
  • Scientific evaluation of the status of the Northern Spotted Owl. Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, Portland, Oregon. S. P. Courtney, J. A. Blakesley, R. E. Bigley, M. L. Cody, J. P. Dumbacher, R. C. Fleischer, A. B. Franklin, J. F. Franklin, R. J. Gutiérrez, J. M. Marzluff, L. Sztukowski. 2004.
  • Phylogeny of the owlet-nightjars (Aves: Aegothelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution J. P. Dumbacher, T. K. Pratt and R. C. Fleischer. 2003. 29: 540-549.
  • Phylogenetic evidence for colour-pattern convergence in toxic pitohuis: Müllerian mimicry in birds? J. P. Dumbacher and R. C. Fleischer. 2001. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biology, 268: 1971-1976.
  • Adenylate kinase intron 5: A new nuclear locus for avian systematics. L. Shapiro and J. P. Dumbacher. 2001. The Auk, 118(1): 248-255.
  • Batrachotoxin alkaloids from passerine birds: A second toxic bird genus (Ifrita kowaldi) J. P. Dumbacher, T. Spande, and J. W. Daly. 2000.. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 97(24): 12970-12975.
  • The evolution of toxicity in Pitohuis: I. Effects of homobatrachotoxin on chewing lice (Order Phthiraptera). J. P. Dumbacher. 1999. The Auk 116(4): 957-963.
  • Comparison of four fumigants for removing avian lice. Journal of Field Ornithology. R. Visnak and J. P. Dumbacher. 1999. 70(1): 42-48.
  • The ecology and evolution of chemical defense in the avian genus Pitohui. J. P. Dumbacher. 1997. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Chicago.
  • Avian chemical defense. J. P. Dumbacher and S. Pruett-Jones. 1996. Current Ornithology, 13: 137-174.
  • More examples of fruiting trees visited predominantly by birds of paradise. B. M. Beehler and J. P. Dumbacher. 1996. Emu, 96: 81-88.
  • Pitohui: How toxic and to whom? J. P. Dumbacher, B. M. Beehler, T. F. Spande, H. M. Garraffo, and J. W. Daly. 1993. Science, 259: 582-583.
  • Homobatrachotoxin in the genus Pitohui: Chemical defense in birds? J. P. Dumbacher, B. M. Beehler, T. F. Spande, H. M. Garraffo, and J. W. Daly. 1992. Science, 258: 799-801.
  • Bird life of Kagi, Central Province. Muruk (Journal of the Papua New Guinea Bird Society) J. P. Dumbacher. 1991. 5(1): 19-21.
  • Interesting observations of birds at Varirata National Park B. M. Beehler and J. P. Dumbacher. 1990., June - July 1990. Muruk, 4

Have a Question?


Q: How do you work with your guides in a place like New Guinea?


A: My field guides set off into the jungles with bows, arrows, and an axe. That's all they need to eat, make a fire, and build a shelter.

I'm totally dependent on them when we go out into the field. They know which trees to touch, how to build a fire in the pouring rain. I'm their guest, and they are the most important part of the research team. I learn more from them than I do from the bird books.

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More about Dr. Dumbacher


Department: Ornithology & Mammalogy


Expeditions: Total: 28

Current Expedition: Namibia






Read Jack Dumbacher´s blog about the California Academy´s recent expedition to Namibia


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