Jonathan Balcombe

Jonathan Balcombe (born 28 February 1959) is an ethologist and author. He is formerly Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, and Department Chair for Animal Studies with Humane Society University, in Washington, DC.

He lectures internationally on animal behavior and the human-animal relationship. He also served as Associate Editor of the journal Animal Sentience from 2015 to 2019.

Books in order of publication:

The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations (Humane Society Press, 2000)

Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Macmillan, 2006)

Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals (Macmillan, 2010)

The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure (University of California Press, 2011)

What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016)

Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects (Penguin Books, 2020)

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