The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is pleased to invite applications for the 2013 R. T. Abbott Visiting Curatorship. The Curatorship, established originally in accordance with the wishes of the late Dr. R. Tucker Abbott, Founding Director of the Shell Museum, is awarded annually to enable malacologists to visit the museum for a period of one week. Abbott Fellows are expected, by performing collection-based research, to assist with the curation of portions of the Museum’s collection and to provide one talk for the general public. The Museum collection consists of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial specimens. A large percentage of our holdings have been catalogued through a computerized database management system; part of the catalogue is already available for searches online at: The R. T. Abbott Visiting Curatorship is accompanied by a stipend of $1,500. Interested malacologists are invited to send a copy of their curriculum vitae, a letter detailing their areas of taxonomic expertise and research objectives, and to provide a tentative subject Dr. José H. Leal, Director The Bailey-Matthews Shell P.O. Box 1580 Sanibel, FL 33957 for their materials talk. Send to:

Dr. José H. Leal, Director, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, P.O. Box 1580 Sanibel, FL 33957

Applications for the 2013 Visiting Curatorship should be sent electronically to the above e-mail address no later than May 31, 2013, or postmarked by that date if sent by regular mail. The award will be announced by late June 2013. Questions about the Visiting Curatorship should be sent to the e-mail address above, or by phone at: (239) 395-2233; Fax (239) 395-6706

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the Nautilus Editor, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 USA