R. Tucker Abbott Visiting Curator 2012 Announced

Written by: John Suau
Publication Date: July 7, 2012

Dr. José H. Leal, Director/Curator for The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, announced today that Dr. Eugene V. Coan was awarded the 2012 R. Tucker Abbott Visiting Curatorship. The Curatorship, originally established in accordance with the wishes of the late Dr. R. Tucker Abbott, Founding Director of The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, is awarded annually to enable malacologists to visit the Museum for a period of one week. Abbott Fellows are expected to assist with curatorial responsibilities of the Museum’s collection by performing collection-based research and to provide one lecture to the general public.


Gene Coan, who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Malacology, co-authored “The Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America” and has authored many papers in malacology. He has also specialized in the history of malacology, with biographical papers, lists of taxa and types, and collations. Gene has worked for the Sierra Club, an environmental organization, since 1970 in various capacities, currently as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director. He holds research associations with the California Academy of Sciences, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He was president of the American Malacological Society from 1996 – 1997 and received an Honorary Life Membership in 2008. He has been coeditor of Malacologia since July 1988. Gene Coan currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

While at the Museum, Gene will be working to further develop skills in digital macrophotography to document the findings of museum research.  Microphotography skills will provide him with another tool to analyze subtle characters of these often very small shells.


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