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


The Broward Shell Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the studies of malacology and conchology. Since 1962, the Club has been active in education, conservation and preservation of mollusks (terrestrial and marine). At monthly meetings, the Club members provide identification of specimens and have a presentation by a guest speaker.

The Club hosts an annual Shell Show during the third week of January at the Emma Lou Olsen Civic Center in Pompano Beach which provides an educational experience for the public and groups of school children.The Club also provides scholarship funds to undergraduate or graduate students in the field of marine biology at local Colleges or Universities. The guidelines for the award are very simple. The student’s course work should include some aspect of malacology (taxonomy, habitat studies, pollution effects, DNA analysis, etc.) and the applicant will be requested to make a presentation to the Club about their research and how the award assisted them in their goals.

Annual awards of up to $ 1,500.00 may be made to a qualified applicant or split between several qualified applicants. Application deadline is March 1, 2013. Please make the enclosed forms available to your students. Applicants should send the enclosed form (please feel free to make additional copies as necessary) to:

Broward Shell Club
Linda Sunderland
9370 NW 39th Street
Sunrise, Florida 33351
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Click to download application form

Applications will be reviewed by the current Board Members and notification will be sent to the applicant. I may be contacted at (954) 519-1454 (office) or (954) 257-8701 (cell) if you have any additional questions. Linda Sunderland