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John Brand French, Jr.

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
11510 American Holly Drive
Laurel, MD 20708-4017

Photo of John Brand French, Jr.

Telephone: 301-497-5702

Fax: 301-497-5744


Research Wildlife Biologist

Primary Responsibilities: 
Management of the Wildlife, Ecosystem, and Contaminants Biology Research Groups and the Crane restoration program at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 

Ph.D. Zoology, December 1991, University of Wisconsin-Madison,  minor fields: wildlife toxicology, ecology of human land use 
M.S. Zoology, 1981, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., 1977, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Endocrine action of contaminants in birds; polychlorinated biphenyl ecotoxicology in small mammals; bioenergetic and immunological effects of contaminants; development of implantable reservoirs for contaminant exposure; methyl mercury toxicity in birds
On-the-Spot Award, 1997, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS-BRD. 
Performance Award, 1995, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Patuxent Wildlife Research Center,  National Biological Service
Entemann Fellow, fall 1990, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Election to Sigma Xi, 1990

Active Projects: 

The effects of dietary methyl mercury exposure on American kestrels (Falco sparverius)

Selected Publications/Products: 

Peter H. Albers, Michael T. Koterba, Ronald Rossmann,William A. Link, John B. French,† Richard S. Bennett,  And Wayne C. Bauer. 2007. Effects of methyl mercury on reproduction in American kestrels. in press. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Quinn, Michael J., Jr., John B. French Jr., F. M. Anne McNabb, and Mary Ann Ottinger.  2005.  The role of thyroxine on the production of plumage in the American kestrel (Falco sparverius).  J. Raptor Res.  39(1):84-88.


Beyer, W.N., J Dalgarn, S. Dudding, J.B. French, R. Mateo, J. Meisner, L. Sileo, and J span.  2004. Zinc and lead poisoning in wild birds in the Tri-State mining district (Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri).  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 48:1-8-117.


Russell, Julie S., Richard S. Halbrook, Alan Woolf, John B. French,JR., and Mark J. Melancon.  2004.  Blarina brevicauda as a biological monitor of polychlorinated biphenyls: evaluation of hepatic cytochrome p450 induction. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:1867-1873


Ottinger, Mary Ann, Elizabeth Reed, Julie Wu, Nicola Thompson and John B. French Jr. 2003.  Establishing appropriate measures for monitoring aging in birds: comparing short and long lived species.  Experimental Gerontology 38:747-750.


Quinn, Michael J., Jr., John B. French Jr., Anne McNabb, and Mary Ann Ottinger.  2002.  The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (Aroclor 1242) on thyroxine, estradiol, molt, and plumage characteristics in the American kestrel (Falco sparverius). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 21:1417-1422

French, John B., Jr., Mary Beth Voltura, and Thomas E. Tomasi.  2001.  Effects of pre- and post-natal polychlorinated biphenyl exposure on metabolic rate and thyroid hormones of white-footed mice.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 20(8); 1704-1708.

French, John B. Jr., Ian C.T. Nisbet, and Hubert Schwabl.  2001.  Maternal steroids and
contaminants in Common tern eggs: a mechanism of endocrine disruption? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (C) 128:91-98.

French, John B., Jr., Steven P. Bradbury, Hank Kreuger, Elizabeth McGee, Bradley E. Sample.  “Group A Discussion of endpoint selection, study design and extrapolation.” 2000.  In: Peter H. Albers, Gary Heinz, and Harry M. Ohlendorf, eds., Environmental Contaminants and Terrestrial Vertebrates: Effects of Populations, Communities and Ecosystems.  SETAC Press.  pp.191-205.

Voltura, Mary Beth and John B. French, Jr.  2000.  Effects of dietary PCB exposure on  energetics of the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus.   Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 19(11):2757-2761. 

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