Marla Coppolino

Joined: Jul 25, 2017 Last Active: Feb 23, 2018

I'm a malacologist and Master Naturalist. I'm most interested in land snails and slugs. I'm interested in the role they play in the ecosystem -- in nutrient cycling, as an essential part of the diets of many other animals, as transporters of fungal and bryophyte spores, and as plant pollinators. There is much we don't know about our slimy friends.

My educational background: BS in Biological Sciences, University of Georgia, and MS in Zoology, Southern Illinois University. Beyond university, I've taken numerous courses and workshops on various disciplines in natural history (fauna, flora, bryophyte, fungi, geological, paleontological).

I've worked as a field biologist, as a collections manager of mollusks at the American Museum of Natural History, and currently as a research associate at Paleontological Research Institution and Delaware Museum of Natural History. I have a small business dedicated mostly to educating the public about the importance of native land snails and slugs. I write articles, give talks and lectures, and lead snail walks.

I'm also a scientific illustrator, photographer, poet, and musician. I write music for snails.

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