Posted: Nov 17 2010

Leal, Dr. José H.

José H. Leal, Ph.D., is director of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel, Florida. His area of specialization is systematics of marine mollusks. Dr. Leal received his B.S. in Marine Biology and M.S. in Invertebrate Zoology both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami. Dr. Leal was a Visiting Professor at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, in Paris, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Leal holds honorary faculty positions at the University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also a Past-president (2003–2004) of the American Malacological Society, board member of the Florida Association of Museums, and editor of The Nautilus.

Dr. Leal is a frequent contributor to Conch-L, always willing to provide assistance and information and has posted numerous helpful background presentations related to shells on the web.