The field of Malacology is the study of mollusks, including gastropods (snails and slugs).
The Story of a Snail, a Writer, and a Scientist
Click here for the National Writing Project‘s interview with Tim Pearce, malacologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural history, and Elisabeth Tova Bailey, author.
“Filled with humour, pathos, and a gentle wonder . . . [The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating] is exquisitely written . . . ” —Robert H. Cowie Tentacle #19, IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Group
“A wonderful, lively, and engaging introduction into the natural history of a snail.” —Charlie Sturm
American Malacological Society Newsletter
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating [is] “Truly a gem . . . The reader is gracefully brought to an intimate examination of the mystery of life as evidenced by a small land snail as well as the larger personage of the author. A rich celebration . . . ” —Thomas E. Eichhorst
“[This book] held me spellbound. I thought I knew a good deal about snails, but this opened my eyes to a whole new world of discovery about terrestrial snail behaviour. Buy two copies of the book; one to read yourself and one to pass on to someone who does not even like snails.” —Bruce Livett
Malacological Society of Australia
Scientific Consultants for The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Malacologist Tim Pearce is the Assistant Curator & Head, Section of Mollusks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He is deeply involved in malacology research and has published extensively in the field.
Biologist Ken Hotopp is a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He works on the biology and conservation of little-known animals, especially snails and slugs.