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Dr. Jennifer H. Mattei Ph.D.

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Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield , Connecticut 06825
United States

Company Description: Sacred Heart University, the second-largest Catholic university in New England, offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on its main campus...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D. , Ecology & Evolution
    SUNY , Stony Brook
  • B.S. , Zoology
    University of Maryland
  • Masters of Forest Science
    Yale University , School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
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Wildlife Trust Presents "Heroes Of The Sea Memorial Fund" Award to Jennifer Mattei - EcoHealth Alliance, 1 July 2005 [cached]
Wildlife Trust Presents "Heroes Of The Sea Memorial Fund" Award to Jennifer Mattei Wildlife Trust Presents "Heroes Of The Sea Memorial Fund" Award to Jennifer Mattei - EcoHealth Alliance
Wildlife Trust Presents "Heroes Of The Sea Memorial Fund" Award to Jennifer Mattei July 1, 2005
Scientist Champions the Survival of Horseshoe Crabs
NEW YORK - July 1, 2005 - Dr. Mary Pearl, president of Wildlife Trust, takes great pleasure in announcing Jennifer Mattei as the 2005 recipient of an award from the "Heroes of the Sea Memorial Fund.
The award, accompanied by a gift of $4,000, recognizes Mattei's work to champion the survival of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), a "living fossil" unique to the Atlantic Coast of North America.
For more than 350 million years this species has existed on Earth, yet in recent years its numbers have begun to decline throughout its range. The horseshoe crab has a unique ecological role in Long Island Sound and is considered to be of critical importance to the fitness of migratory shorebird populations.
In making the announcement, Dr. Pearl said, "We are delighted to honor Dr. Mattei through the Heroes of the Sea Memorial Fund.
Like the whale researchers for whom this award is named, Dr. Mattei is championing the survival of marine species that need our help to survive."
Jennifer Mattei is an associate professor and chair of the Biology department at Sacred Heart University, where she teaches ecology and evolution. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Forest Science from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution from SUNY, Stony Brook.
Her past research and publications involved urban forest conservation and restoration, which was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. As vice-president of the Metro Forest Council, she serves local communities through this non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of urban and suburban forest ecosystems by promoting research, management and education.
Dr. Mattei has launched a science literacy and research program entitled "Project Limulus," with support from the Long Island Sound License Plate Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Trust. This program offers opportunities for teachers and their students to learn about their connections to Long Island Sound, horseshoe crabs and human health. The students become research assistants and help gather data about horseshoe crabs on their local beaches. She also formed a partnership with The Maritime Aquarium and the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center to help train teachers. In New York, the NY Aquarium and Wildlife Trust have started training volunteers to gather spawning data on this economically and ecologically important species.
When asked about her passion for horseshoe crabs, Mattei replied, "On the first day of my Ecology class two years ago, an impatient pre-med biology major (who had a minor in philosophy) asked me to sum up this class in three words. I simply stated 'everything is connected.' Later in the course, I discussed my own research concerning the decline of the horseshoe crab population in Long Island Sound. I described their economic importance, how protein extracts from horseshoe crab blood is used by pharmaceutical companies to test for the presence of toxic gram-negative bacteria in all vaccines and prosthetics."
Professor Mattei added, "I then showed the students how Limulus is an important species in its ocean environment.
Professor Mattei resides in Armonk, NY with her husband, three children, and several baby horseshoe crabs.
Metro Forest Council » Board Member List, 25 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dr. Jennifer Mattei Vice-President Sacred Heart University
Since the late 1990s, Jennifer ..., 27 May 2014 [cached]
Since the late 1990s, Jennifer Mattei, a biology professor at Sacred Heart University and co-director of Project Limulus, has had her eyes on Long Island Sound's horseshoe crabs. Early on, she learned she would have to call in some recruits.
"We are trying to cover 110 miles (of shoreline)," she said, adding that she modeled her efforts after the citizen science programs launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University, which calls on people around the country to count birds, watch nests and track visitors at backyard feeders.
With training and education, residents up and down Connecticut (and Westchester County, N.Y.) shores can learn to tag the animals and then track them, adding to a growing body of data, Mattei said.
Mattei said people also learn that though the species has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, it is integral to cutting-edge medical advancements.
With the ceremonial check at the ..., 8 Nov 2013 [cached]
With the ceremonial check at the grant announcement are, from left, Mark Tedesco, director of EPA's Long Island Sound office; Alex Brash, president of Connecticut Audubon Society; Professor Jennifer Mattei, of Sacred Heart University; LaTina Steele, lecturer at SHU; Associate Professor Mark Beekey of SHU; Assistant Professor John Rapaglia of SHU; Anthony Zemba, director of Conservation Services for CAS; Lynn Dwyer of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Milan Bull, senior director of science and conservation for CAS; and Amanda Bassow, director of NFWF's Eastern Partnership office.
Jennifer Mattei, director of the environmental science and management graduate program at SHU, said the project also will have educational value for people interested in coastal protection and ecology.
"Once the reef and marsh are installed, the public is welcome to come and see how the reef is working," she said.
The research team, led by Professor Mattei and Professor Mark Beekey, SHU scientists, two additional colleagues and graduate students, will collect data throughout the first year of the project to gauge whether it is successfully trapping sediment, enhancing habitat and protecting the point's shoreline.
Connecticut | Reef Innovations, 5 April 2014 [cached]
Jennifer Mattei, a professor at Sacred Heart University, holds a model of a 4-foot-high reef ball near Stratford Point in Stratford, Conn.
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