Professional consultant on the biological component of Environmental Impact
Statements, upland, wetland, and stream restoration, control of invasive plant species,
and the population ecology of economically important species. 

Member: IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Species Survival
Commission Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group. 

Memberships: Ecological Society of America; Society for Ecological Restoration; Coastal
& Estuarine Research Federation. 

Affiliate: New England Estuarine Research Society; American Association for the
Advancement of Science; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society 

Degrees and Certifications: Ph.D., 1994 Ecology and Evolution, State University of New
York at Stony Brook; M.F.S., 1984 Forest Science, Yale University, School of Forestry and
Environmental Studies; B.S., 1982 Zoology, University of Maryland, College Park;
Post-doctoral Research Associate 1994-1995, Restoration Ecology. Department of Ecology,
Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University 



Horseshoe Crab Eggs: A Rare Resource for Predators in Long Island Sound (with Mark Beekey Ph.D. and Barbara J. Pierce), Biology Faculty Publications (2013)

In Delaware Bay, the spawning of several million horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) coincides with the...



Estimation of Short-Term Tag-Induced Mortality in Horseshoe Crabs Limulus Polyphemus (with Mark Beekey, H. R. Potter, C. S. Bond, Alyssa Woronik, J. A. Roberts, and K. A. Smith), Biology Faculty Publications (2011)

Horseshoe crabs Limulus Polyphemus range along the East Coast of the United States and over...



Movement Patterns and Population Genetics of the American Horseshoe Crab in Relation to Long Island Sound Conservation Strategies (with Jo-Marie Kasinak, Kirk A. Bartholomew, and Mark Beekey), Biology Faculty Publications (2010)

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) established three no-harvest zones for the horseshoe crab...



Reproductive Behavior in Horseshoe Crabs: Does Density Matter? (with Mark Beekey, Adam Rudman, and Alyssa Woronik), Biology Faculty Publications (2010)

While the four species of horseshoe crabs share many common reproductive traits with respect to...



Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey Protocol, Biology Faculty Publications (2009)

The protocol lists supplies and clothing needed for the survey, as well as which data...


Popular Press


An Experiment in Stopping Erosion in Stratford - Reef Balls (with Jan Ellen Spiegel), WSHU Post (2014)

There’s a peculiar looking sight off the shoreline of Stratford, Connecticut these days. Sitting just...



Success NOT Guaranteed for Unique Stratford Reef Project, The CT Mirror (2014)

Reef Balls, 1,500-pound concrete objects pocked with Swiss-cheese-style holes, have been placed two parallel lines...



Reef Balls May Stop Erosion, (2014)

Scientists say that Stratford Point has seen profound changes over the decades, most at the...



SHU and CT Audubon Receive Grant to Implement Coastal Protection Project at Stratford Point, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Audubon Society have been awarded a $59,000 Long Island Sound...


Video File


Project Limulus: Sacred Heart University (with Sarah E. Pfeffer) (2014)

This film (9:56) is about the importance of horseshoe crabs and Project Limulus, a horseshoe...



Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Jennifer Mattei, Videos (2012)

Dr. Jennifer Mattei, Professor of Biology at Sacred Heart University, describes her work with the...