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About Jennifer Mattei

"The Department of Biology recently lost a beloved member of our faculty. Over her 27 years of service at Sacred Heart University, Jennifer Mattei truly exemplified all that we strive to be as faculty members in the department: focused on providing the best education possible, abundant opportunities to conduct research, and to foster a love of life-long learning.

Jennifer was known throughout the University community for her passion about the environment—in particular the endangered horseshoe crab and shoreline restoration. She engaged anyone who would listen, especially her students who often joined her and other volunteers in such projects as tagging horseshoe crabs, installing reef balls—aimed at helping with shoreline restoration—at Stratford Point, and much more.

To honor Jennifer's legacy, the Department of Biology is creating The Jennifer H. Mattei Scholarship for Undergraduate Researchwhich will provide an undergraduate student with a $1,000 stipend to conduct research with a Biology faculty member during the summer. In addition to supporting research, a portion of the funds may be used for student travel to an academic conference. The scholarship will be open to all students interested in Summer Research with a Biology faculty member or members, and candidates from traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM are encouraged to apply. With your help, the goal is to raise more than the $25,000 necessary to establish an endowed fund in Jennifer's memory that will exist in perpetuity.
Please consider donating in Jennifer’s memory:" --Mark A. Beekey, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor, Department of Biology.

Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Mattei has a wide range of interests in population and community ecology, coastal restoration, and horseshoe crab conservation, with over 25 years of experience working in coastal ecosystems. 

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


1997 - December 2022 Director & Founder Project Limulus, Sacred Heart University Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences
1995 - December 2022 Professor Biology, Sacred Heart University Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences
September 2011 - May 2015 Director, Professional Science Master's, Environmental Science & Management, Sacred Heart University Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences
2003 - 2009 Chair, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University


2017 - Present SHU's Living Shoreline Project
Federal Coastal Resilience Grant Program, NOAA
Colleague(s): Audubon Connecticut, DuPont Company
2019 - 2021 Monitoring and Management of the Living Shoreline at Stratford Point, Stratford, CT
Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont ™
Colleague(s): LaTina Steele and Jo-Marie Kasinak
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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Appreciation Award: The Office of Residential Life 2007
  • Chair Biology Department 2002-2009
  • Women Faculty Mentoring Committee 2011-present
  • Fellow for the Center on Teaching and Learning 2006-2007
  • 2020 Best Restored Shore Award, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association Award for research on Stratford Point Living Shoreline.
  • 2020 Stratford Point Living Shoreline National Fish & Wildlife Foundation 15-year anniversary publication honoring the top 8 projects that they helped to fund – nationwide


1994 - 1995 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University ‐ Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
1994 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York at Stony Brook
1984 M.F.S. Forest Science, Yale University ‐ School of Environment
1982 B.S. Zoology, University of Maryland at College Park

Contact Information

Science Ctr of Academic Bldg SC*234P
College of Arts and Sciences


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