Posted: Apr 22 2014

Emilio is a Professor of Modern Languages, University of Southwestern Louisiana.

A respected amateur malacologist and long-time COA member, Emilio has served on the American Conchologist Editorial Board for many years and has contributed numerous articles to that publication and others. Born in pre-Castro Cuba, he began collecting at age 8, after seeing the famous De La Torre collection.He came to the United States to study as a young man, and his family joined him when Castro came to power.Emilio's collection was left behind. But nine years later he began another and has been collecting ever since. His collection numbers over 50,000 specimens of some 6,000 species, much of it self-collected.

Emilio is coauthor of the checklist of molluscs collected in waters off the Louisiana coast.