Leal to present ‘The Shell Museum Turns 15’ during ‘Celebrate Sanibel’
A week of festivities is planned to commemorate our island’s past, showcase the present and envision the future. The third annual “Celebrate Sanibel” will take place next week.
On Wednesday, Nov. 10 starting at 2 p.m., Dr. José H. Leal, director/curator of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, will make a presentation titled, “The Shell Museum Turns 15.” The program will be held in the Museum’s lecture room and is free with Museum admission.
A celebration of Sanibel’s rich history as a community would not be complete without exploring the significance of sea shells and the part The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has played in carrying out its mission to provide shell and mollusk education and research.
During the program, Dr. Leal will discuss museum milestones and achievements with an emphasis on the unique shells discovered on the island during the museum’s 15-year tenure.
Leal became director/curator of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in 1996. His area of specialization is systematics of marine mollusks. Leal received both his B.S. in Marine Biology and M.S. in Invertebrate Zoology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami.
In addition, Leal was a Visiting Professor at the Museum of National d’Histoire Naturelle, in Paris, France and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
For additional information, contact Diane Thomas, public programs specialist, at 395-2233.