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museum director , marine biologist

José Henrique Leal, museum director, marine biologist.


Leal, José Henrique was born on February 9, 1952 in Rio de Janeiro. Came to the United States, 1984. Son of Ayrton Jauffret and Maria Angélica Leal.


Bachelor of Science in Biology, University Federal Rio de Janeiro, 1977. Master of Science in Zoology, University Federal Rio de Janeiro, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology and Fisheries, University Miami, 1990.


Research assistant Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, 1981-1984. Visiting professor Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 1988. Research associate division marine geology and geophysics Rosenstiel School Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University Miami, Florida, 1991-1992.

Postdoctoral associate division marine geology and geophysics Rosenstiel School Marine and Atmospheric Science, University Miami, 1994-1995. Postdoctoral fellow National Museum Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1992-1994. Science director The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Florida, 1996, director, since 1996.

Adjunct assistan professor division marine biology and fisheries Rosenstiel School Marine and Atmospheric Science, University Miami, since 1994. Consultant Cognetix, 1998-1999. Courtesy faculty member College Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, since 1999.

Temporary member graduate faculty University Alabama, Tuscaloosa, since 1999. Representative for United States of America Organizing Committee Latin American Malacological Congresses, since 1999.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Marine Prosobranch Gastropods from Oceanic Islands Off Brazil. Species Composition and Biogeography, 1991. Member editorial committee American Conchologist, since 1996.

      Editor The Nautilus, since 1997. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors Southwest Florida Library. Network, since 1999. Member American Association Museum, Florida Association Museum, California Malacozool. Society, American Malacological Society (councillor-at-large for biennial 1999-2001, nominating committee 1999-2001, vice president 2002, president 2003^), Conchologists of America (Grant award 1989, Grantee 1992, 95), Unitas Malacologica, Council of Scientific Editors.


  • Other Interests

    Diving, running, music, reading.


Children: Cecilia Maciel Leal, Julia Maciel Leal.

Ayrton Jauffret

Maria Angélica Leal

Cecilia Maciel Leal

Julia Maciel Leal