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Bruce McPherson Beehler

Bruce McPherson Beehler, American research zoologist, ornithologist, conservationist. Co-discoverer with John P. Dumbacher of toxicity in the Pitohui, a genus of bird that uses as a chemical defense the alkaloid homobatrachotoxin. Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellow, 1974; research grantee National Geography Society, 1980, 86, 89, 94, New York Zoological Society, 1986. Fellow American Ornithologists Union (elective).

Background

  • Beehler, Bruce McPherson was born on October 11, 1951 in Baltimore. Son of William Henry Junior and Cary (Baxter) Beehler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Williams College, 1974. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1983.

    Career

    • Scientific assistant to secretary Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1981-1984, science assistant to secretary emeritus, 1984-1988, zoologist, 1988-1991. Associate research zoologist New York Zoological Society, 1991-1993. Senior ecologist Conservation International, 1993-1995.

      Natural resource management officer United States Department State, Washington, 1995-1997. Director environmental conservation Counterpart International, 1997-1999, vice president environmental and national resources, 1999-2001. Senior representative Conservation International, 2001—2002, senior director Melanesia, 2002—2003, vice president Melanesia, 2003—2006, vice president Pacific, 2006—2008, senior research scientist, 2008—2010, senior director biodiv. assessment, since 2010.

      Leader expeditions to Papua New Guinea, 1975-1976, 78-84, 86-87, 89, 91-93, 2005-2009, to India, 1983, 85-86, 88. Research associate department vertebrate zoology National Museum Natural History, since 1985.

    Major achievements

    • Co-discoverer with John P. Dumbacher of toxicity in the Pitohui, a genus of bird that uses as a chemical defense the alkaloid homobatrachotoxin.

    Works

    • The Ecology of Papua: Part Two
    • Ecology of Papua Part II is a definitive guide to the ecology and natural history of Papua, the western half of the island of New Guinea.
    • The Ecology of Papua: Part One
    • Ecology of Papua Part I is a definitive guide to the ecology and natural history of Papua, the western half of the island of New Guinea.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Fellow American Ornithologists Union (elective).

    Connections

    • Married Carol Hare, June 7, 1982. Children: Grace Bryant, Andrew McPherson, Cary Elizabeth Selden.
    • father: William Henry Beehler Junior
    • mother: Cary (Baxter) Beehler
    • spouse: Carol Hare
    • children: Grace Bryant Beehler
    • Andrew McPherson Beehler
    • Cary Elizabeth Selden Beehler
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    Born October 11, 1951
    (age 65)
    Nationality
    • 1974
      Williams College
    • 1978
      Princeton University
    • 1983
      Princeton University
    • 1981 - 1984
      Science assistant, to secretary Smithsonian Institution
      Washington, United States
    • 1988 - 1991
      Science assistant, to secretary Smithsonian Institution
    • 1991 - 1993
      associate, research zoologist New York Zoological Society
    • 1993 - 1995
      senior, ecologist Conservation International
    • 1995 - 1997
      natural resource management, officer United States Department State
      Washington, United States
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