Manville has served as a senior lecturer and instructor for AAP’s ESP Program for 21 years — teaching field classes in ecology, conservation biology, and wildlife management. Additionally, he served as a branch chief and as the senior wildlife biologist with the Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for 17 years as their national lead on anthropocentric causes of bird mortality from structures and fishing gear. He chaired the Communication Tower Working Group, a wind turbine working group, and a waterbird bycatch working group, and co-chaired the Interagency Seabird Working Group, represented the Service on the Wildlife Workgroup of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, on the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, was a technical advisor to the Wind Energy Federal Advisory Committee, and was the Service’s technical advisor to the Bird-Safe Glass Working Group. Additionally, he headed the Seabird Delegation to the FAO, and served as Head of Delegation to the Japan-U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Discussions. In 1999, he received the Conservation Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior for bird conservation efforts with the electric utility industry, and was awarded the Morley Nelson Conservation Service Award by APLIC in 2016.
Manville earned a B.S. in zoology (Allegheny College, PA), an M.S. in natural resources and wildlife management (Univ. WI, Stevens Point), and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and management (MI State Univ.). He has studied and handled over 100 black bears; assessed brown bear-human interactions in Alaska; conducted 6 summers of field research in the Aleutian Islands on the impacts of marine debris on seabirds, sea lions, and seals; and studied impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on seabirds for 5 years. He worked as a Mandarin Chinese linguist at the National Security Agency (while performing his U.S. Navy military service) and was designated a “Certified Wildlife Biologist” (CWB) by The Wildlife Society. He has served as Big Game Records Coordinator for the Boone and Crockett Club, VP/Director of Science Policy for Defenders of Wildlife, was a member of the U.S. Scientific Delegation on High Seas Driftnetting, Executive Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Endangered Species Coalition. He also served on the Board of Managers of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club, has been nominated for membership in the Cosmos Club, and is a member of numerous professional societies.
Manville has testified over 40 times before Congress and related bodies; conducted numerous research efforts globally; published more than 175 professional and popular papers, chapters, and book reviews; and given more than 160 invited presentations. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy Magazine; was the wildlife consultant for the Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures movie White Fang (Jack London); and has conducted hundreds of radio, television, and print media interviews. He also is a private pilot, wildlife photographer, kayaker, and dog aficionado.