Theodore G. Manno (Ph.D., Auburn University) is author of "Swamp Rat: The Story of Dixie's Nutria Invasion" (University of Mississippi Press, 2017), "The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks " (University of Utah Press, Fall 2014) and "Mating Behavior of Columbian Ground Squirrels" (Proquest/UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2011). His major publications also include a book chapter (Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior), 10 peer-reviewed scientific articles (e.g., American Naturalist, Behavioral Ecology, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Ethology, Journal of Mammalogy), and 7 meeting abstracts. Manno's field research experience has involved ground squirrels in Canada, prairie dogs in Utah, and scarlet macaws in Costa Rica, and his work has been featured by various media outlets including Discovery News, New Scientist, FCC Free Radio, Deseret News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Morning Blend, Wire Eagle, KMVT and Public Radio, among others.
Manno is president of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and a frequent presenter at community events (e.g., Tucson Festival of Books, Empire Ranch Roundup, Western National Parks Association, Pima Speakers Series, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park) and conferences (University of Vermont, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, UNLV, College Southern Nevada, Glendale Community College). He has written dozens of articles for periodicals (e.g., Desert Leaf, Earth Odyssey, Fido Friendly, Lighthouse Digest, Montana Naturalist, Nature Alberta, Terrain, Tubac Villager, Tucson Green Times) and his wildlife photography has been featured in those articles and on the cover of Journal of Mammalogy. An award-winning teacher, Manno played jazz piano and tuba semi-professionally before pursuing science writing.
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