University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Mondo Fauna: Animals and the People Who Love Them

Nearly everyone loves animals for the comfort and joy they bring to our lives. Darwin had his tortoise, Harriet, while Mozart has his starling. There was even Koko, the gorilla who could "speak." And people of the Sonoran Desert love their bats for the role they play in pollination of the iconic saguaros. These authors will build a bridge between the old-fashioned love of nature and science of animal intelligence and emotions. Participate with them in a discussion of the animals in our lives, the people who care about them and the important roles they play in our survival as a species.

Theodore Fleming

Theodore H. Fleming is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Miami. Fleming’s research on nectar- and fruit-eating bats and their food plants has taken him around the world. He is the author of several books, his most recent is "No Species Is an Island: Bats, Cacti, and Secrets of the Sonoran Desert....

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Brandon Keim

Brandon Keim is a freelance journalist specializing in science, animals and nature. His first book, "The Eye of the Sandpiper," was published in 2017, as was "Inside Animal Minds: What They Think, Feel and Know," an issue-length exploration of animal intelligence for National Geographic....

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is the author of two collections of essays, both published by Sarabande Books. Her debut collection, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” discusses the human voice in pop culture. Her most recent book, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” tells the stories of 16 famous animals from history....


Animals Strike Curious Poses
Elena Passarello

February 2017
ISBN 9781941411391
Hardcover, 200 pages
$19.95, INSTORE
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With exuberant wit, Elena Passarello casts her gaze on famous historical animals, crafting an essay collection organized as medieval bestiary.

The Eye of the Sandpiper
Brandon Keim
Comstock Publishing Associates
November 2016
ISBN 9781501707728
266 pages
$19.95, INSTOCK
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In The Eye of the Sandpiper, Brandon Keim pairs cutting-edge science with a deep love of nature, conveying his insights in prose that is both accessible and beautiful.

No Species Is an Island
Theodore H. Fleming
University of Arizona Press
September 2017
ISBN 9780816535897
80 pages
$14.95, INSTORE
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"The book describes for a general natural history audience the unexpected scientific discoveries Fleming's research team made during an intensive 11-year study of four species of Sonoran Desert columnar cacti and their pollinators"--Provided by publisher.

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