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Professor of Ornithology, University of Jos

I'm a Professor of Ornithology at the Department of Zoology, University of Jos, Nigeria. I have been a key actor in the development of ornithology and nature conservation in Nigeria since 1981 when I completed my B.Sc. in Zoology from the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. I also hold a Masters degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Ibadan and a D.Phil in Ornithology from the Edward Grey Institute for Field Ornithology, Oxford University, UK.

I have contributed immensely towards the development of capacity for ornithology and nature conservation in West Africa having served in various teaching, governmental and non-governmental roles at various times in Nigeria. In 2002, I was part of the team that helped set up the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) – the foremost Institute dedicated to capacity development for ornithology and nature conservation in West Africa. I continue to play a leadership role at APLORI and in West African Ornithology since 2002. My immense contributions to nature conservation have been recognised both locally and internationally and include a Marsh Award for International Ornithology in 2014, presented by the Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony hosted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) at the Mall Gallery in London.

I have over 40 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings including books. Shiiwua Manu is happily married with three children.


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    Professor of Ornithology, University of Jos