Marla Coppolino has had a life-long interest in mollusks and science. After graduation from the University of Georgia in 1991 with a BS degree in Biological Sciences, she conducted field and laboratory work on invasive species in Tennessee lakes and rivers for the Tennessee Valley Authority zebra mussel and Asiatic clam monitoring programs. Between 2004 and 2006, she worked as a Collections Assistant for Dr. Paula Mikkelsen (now PRI's Associate Director for Science) in the American Museum of Natural History's mollusk section. While there, she recurated the entire bivalve collection and upgraded the database system used for cataloging specimen lots. She also wrote risk assessment reports for the collections, which were considered so thorough that the museum staff overseeing the project used her reports as examples to follow for all other sections of the museum. In 2006, she left AMNH to pursue an advanced degree. She attended Southern Illinois University, where she earned a Master's degree in Zoology. Her state- and federally-funded thesis project was entitled "Land snail abundance and diversity with associated ecological variables, in six southern Illinois counties." During the course of her field work for the project, she discovered several species not previously recorded in Illinois or in southern Illinois. She published an outreach magazine article and an educational poster on land snails of Illinois in conjunction with this research. Since her move to the Ithaca area after graduate school, she has continued to pursue her malacological interests by conducting her own field surveys and by volunteering as a field assistant in snail surveys for ornithologists at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. She is a regular volunteer in PRI's systematic mollusk collection, recurating specimen lots in Julian Smith's scientifically valuable collection of land snails mostly from central New York. Marla is also a talented scientific illustrator and artist, and exhibited a collection of original drawings "Enduring Shells: Bivalves and Other Mollusks," at Museum of the Earth in 2010-2011. She also holds a Research Associate appointment at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. She lives in Groton, New York, and currently works for Cornell University. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..