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Dr. Jennifer H. Mattei Ph.D.

Co-director and Founder

Project Limulus

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Project Limulus

Background Information

Employment History

Professor of Biology

Sacred Heart University

Postdoctoral Associate

Rutgers University


Individual Member
National Professional Science Master's Association




University of Maryland

Masters of Forest Science

Yale University , School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Ecology & Evolution

SUNY , Stony Brook

bachelor of science


University of Maryland at College Park


State University of New York at Stony Brook

master of forest science degree

Yale University

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The Connecticut Post Online - HOW TO PLAY TAG [cached]

Mattei assured her that poking a tiny hole in the animal's shell wouldn't hurt it, although it might shed a little bit of blood, which happens to be the color of robin's eggs.

"Just think of your lips and your ears," she said, casting a sidelong glance at Jakubson's classmate, Jill Godlewski, 15, a sophomore from East Haven with two rings in her lip.
With a determined thrust, Jakubson pierced the shell, then inserted a plastic tag bearing the animal's number, 11071, and Mattei's office number, 365-7577, so anyone who finds it can call her to report the sighting.
They do everything for me," said Mattei, associate professor and chairwoman of Sacred Heart's biology department.She is the founder of the Limulus Project to study the animals in coastal Connecticut and New York.
Through the project, with the help of youngsters like the Sound School students, she has tagged thousands of horseshoe crabs, with the eventual goal of understanding the size and habits of those that inhabit the Connecticut and New York coastlines.
The horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, is considered a living fossil, largely untouched by evolution for 350 million years, Mattei said.
A horseshoe crab that was measured, tagged and released slowly returns to the waters of New Haven Harbor . The tags were part of a Sacred Heart University study by Dr Jennifer Mattei about the population and movements of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound. (Phil Noel/Connecticut Post)
scorpions, they don't sting.The appendages' only function is to help the 10-eyed creatures right themselves if they turn over.Without it, they can get stranded upside down onshore, to be eaten by gulls and raccoons or slowly roast in the sun.
For a species that's literally older than the dinosaurs, not much is known about horseshoe crabs, Mattei said.
Conservationists suspect the horseshoe crab population is in decline, Mattei said - for example, certain birds that gorge on horseshoe crab eggs during migration have been looking mighty lean in recent years.
Possible causes are human encroachment on their breeding areas and harvesting by fishermen who use them as bait for eels, a delicacy in Japan.
But, Mattei said, it is unclear how many horseshoe crabs live in the area, never mind whether they're in decline.
"Horseshoe crabs used to be considered a trash species; they'd be swept off the beaches and ground up for fertilizer," Mattei said.
But she said scientists are starting to realize they play an important role in the ecosystem; their shells host numerous fouling organisms such as barnacles.They're an important prey to crabs and sea turtles.In the Delaware Bay, the largest horseshoe crab spawning area, their tiny blue eggs are a major source of food for sandpipers and other birds migrating to their arctic breeding grounds, she said.
When Mattei launched the program at the beginning of the decade, she did most of the tagging herself, marking only a few hundred a season.She has since enlisted help from schools and nonprofit environmental groups such as the Connecticut Audubon Society and SoundWaters.
Last year she tagged 2,500, and recorded the recapture of 50 previously tagged animals.Mattei also tracks a small number of horseshoe crabs using sonar tags, to get a sense of their actual movements.
She said she can't say now whether there has been a sharp decline in horseshoe crab numbers.However, she said she is preparing findings to present in July to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
At low tide late Wednesday morning, the beach below the Sound School in New Haven's City Point neighborhood was teeming with the animals.
"No, go ahead - put it in the water," Mattei replied.
Clamshells crunched under Hunter's feet as he walked over the wet sand toward the water.
He said he entered the Sound School after a friend recommended it to him, and because he loves the water.He said he wants to pursue a career in the marine sciences, "possibly a science teacher."
He said: "But I don't know, this horseshoe crab thing looks kind of cool, too."

Connecticut | Reef Innovations [cached]

With the numerous freezes this winter the project is holding up, Dr. Jennifer Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D.

Jennifer Mattei, a professor at Sacred Heart University, holds a model of a 4-foot-high reef ball near Stratford Point in Stratford, Conn.

Living Shoreline / Living Breakwaters | Reef Innovations [cached]

With the numerous freezes this winter the project is holding up, Dr. Jennifer Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D.

With the numerous freezes this winter ... [cached]

With the numerous freezes this winter the project is holding up, Dr. Jennifer Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D.

With the numerous freezes this winter ... [cached]

With the numerous freezes this winter the project is holding up, Dr. Jennifer Jennifer H. Mattei, Ph.D.

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