My current research focuses on (1) the population dynamics of horseshoe crabs with
respect to reproductive behavior, population demographics; and dispersal; and (2)
integrating ecosystem management techniques with coastal restoration projects. We are
currently focusing our horseshoe crab research efforts on defining the habitat
requirements for juvenile horseshoe crabs along with an investigation of their growth and
survivorship. We continue to monitor spawning populations of horseshoe crabs through
extensive involvement of citizen scientists. My restoration ecology research currently
focuses on the use of living shorelines or green infrastructure to stabilize coastal
shorelines while increasing biodiversity and habitat complexity. I maintain my interest
in how invasive invertebrates influence aquatic communities with regards to aquatic
community structure and stability as well as how evolution shapes life history strategies
of aquatic invertebrates. 

I also work with the Isabelle Farrington College of Education to develop innovative
approaches to teaching science at the elementary and middle school levels. Over the past
few years we have been working Connecticut's Department of Higher Education to teach
elementary and middle school teachers science content and delivery methods. 

Articles

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

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

 

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Estimation of Short-Term Tag-Induced Mortality in Horseshoe Crabs Limulus Polyphemus (with Jennifer Mattei, 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...

 

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Project Limulus: Ecology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs In Long Island Sound, Videos (2011)

Aquatic ecologist Mark Beekey, Professor of Biology at Sacred Heart University, discusses Project Limulus,...

 

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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 Jennifer Mattei), Biology Faculty Publications (2010)

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

 

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

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

 

Popular Press

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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...

 

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Collaboration with Irish Aquarium Establishes SHU as a Member of the International Coastal Research Community, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

Description of Sacred Heart University's new Coastal Study Centre in Dingle, Ireland. The program will...

 

Presentations

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Project Limulus: Ecology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs In Long Island Sound (2011)

Aquatic ecologist Mark Beekey, Professor of Biology at Sacred Heart University, discusses Project Limulus, an...