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About Jennifer Mattei

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 - Present Director & Founder Project Limulus, Sacred Heart University Biology Department, College of Arts & Sciences
1995 - Present 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


Book Chapter (2)

Book Reviews (2)

Conference Proceeding (1)

Posters (1)

Articles (12)