Jennifer Mattei, Ph.D.

Jennifer Mattei, Ph.D.

Director of ESAM/Professor

Professional Interests, Activities and Affiliations

Professional consultant on the biological component of Environmental Impact Statements, upland, wetland, and stream restoration, control of invasive plant species, and the population ecology of economically important species.

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

Degrees and Certifications

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

Teaching Responsibilities

    • BI 025 Connecticut Wildlife
    • BI 111 Concepts in Biology I
    • BI 113 Concepts in Biology Lab I 
    • BI 112 Concepts in Biology II
    • BI 114 Concepts in Biology Lab II
    • BI 225 Evolutionary Analysis
    • BI 226 Evolutionary Analysis  Lab 
    • BI 245 Vertebrate Biology
    • BI 245 Vertebrate Bio Labs
    • BICC103/PH 360HN Evolution, Philosophy, & Christianity  
    • BI 350/BI 351 Ecology Lecture/Lab (new BI202/204)
    • BI 390B Student Research
    • BI 398 Senior Seminar Prep
    • BI 399 Senior Seminar
    • ESM 543 Restoration Ecology
    • ESM 505 Field Methods and Analysis
    • ESM 511 Soils and Land Management
    • ESM 660 Graduate Internship
    • ESM 690 Graduate Research

Research Interests & Grants

    Dr. Mattei has a wide range of interests in population ecology, restoration, and conservation. Her main areas of research are:

    • The restoration and conservation of urban and suburban forest and estuarine ecosystems;
      • Current Project: Stratford Point Restoration: from Gun Club to Estuarine Ecosystem.
    • The population ecology and conservation of the Long Island Sound Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus).
      • Co-director: Project Limulus (www.projectlimulus.org)
    • The ecology and evolution of herbivorous insects and the control of invasive plant species.
      • Control of the spread of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) by woodland restoration, Stratford Pt. CT. 
    2012 Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University National Fish and Wildlife and Long Island Sound Futures Fund. $24,730.
    2012 Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University $24,500.
    2012 Connecticut Sea Grant Development Grant Proposal: Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey and Adam Rudman, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University. To secure funding for Adam Rudman as Outreach Coordinator of Project Limulus, $3815.
    2011 Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University. $24,450
    2011
     
    Stratford Point Coastal Restoration: a grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and the Environmental Protection Agency. Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University and Anton Leenders, Connecticut Audubon Society. $54,854
    2011 Stratford Point Coastal Restoration Project. The Nature Conservancy. Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University and Anton Leenders, Connecticut Audubon Society, $23,355.00.
    2011 Restoration of a coastal shoreline at Stratford Point, CT. Co-PI with Dr. Mark Beekey, Department of Biology, Sacred Heart University and Anton Leenders, CT Audubon Society. Connecticut Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, $14,955.
    2008 - 2010 Connecticut Sea Grant. Population Dynamics of Horseshoe Crabs and their Ecological Links to other species in Long Island Sound. Co-PI M. Beekey, B. Pierce, K. Bartholomew. $60,648
    2008 - 2009  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant. An Integrated Management Plan for the Long Island Sound Stewardship Area, Milford Point, CT. ($40,000, Co-PI with M. Beekey)
    2007 - 2008 National Science Foundation, CCLI Program: Co-PI, From ILAP to iLabAP? Linking Investigative Biology Laboratories to the Mathematics Curriculum (Dr. Kirk Bartholomew, Rose Marie Kinik) ($120,000.00).
    2007 - 2008  Connecticut State Department of Higher Education, Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, ($140,000.00) to improve science education of teachers grades K-6 from four Counties including Bridgeport (PI: Prof. Paul Massey, Education Department, SHU & Kevin Klemme, Cooperative Education Services).
    2005 - 2007  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant. Project Limulus: Ecology & Conservation of the American Horseshoe Crab in the Long Island Sound Ecosystem ($30,000). A collaborative effort with The Maritime Aquarium, CT Audubon Coastal Center, and elementary school teachers to connect field research with science and math lessons in the classroom.
    2006
     
    PSEG Contract to study: “Potential Impacts of the Intake Structure at the New Haven Harbor Station on Mortality and Spawning Behavior of Horseshoe Crabs” ($115,000.00) Co-PI: Dr. Mark Botton, Fordham University.
    2005 - 2006

     
    Wildlife Trust Grant. Limulus and Us: Bringing Community Awareness to Our Ecological Ties to the Horseshoe Crab and the Long Island Sound Ecosystem ($5000). Two undergraduate research assistants and I worked with The Sound School teachers in New Haven, CT. to teach math and science with data that the high school students help collect on a population study of spawning horseshoe crabs.
    2004 - 2006  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant. New Haven Harbor Watershed Environmental Monitoring Program ($74,900). The Sound School, UCONN, Schooner, Inc, NOAA, CTDEP, University of New Haven, Sacred Heart University.
    2003 - 2006  Department of Environmental Protection, Long Island License Plate Fund, Grant to study The Population Ecology and Conservation of the Long Island Sound Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus). ($22,200.00)
    2002 -2003 In partnership with Dennis Benamati (University Librarian, Ryan-Matura Library) we received a grant to present: Research Revolution: Science and the Shaping of Modern Life, A Video and Discussion Series sponsored by the National Video Resources, American Library Association and the National Science Foundation.
    2000 National Science Foundation (NSF)-REU Grant “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” ($5000.00) for a SHU student to gain research experience in ecological restoration in the summer and fall of 2000.
    1999 Selected to attend NSF-funded project of the Council on Undergraduate Research called Research Link 2000 to promote the introduction of research-based experiments in introductory biology courses at Ferris State University, Big Rapids.
    1999  SHU University Research/Creativity Grant (URCG $4,000.00) “Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife: A Noxious Invasive Weed from Europe.”
    1998 - 2003  National Science Foundation Grant. Division of Environmental Biology, Ecological Studies Cluster, Ref: DEB97-27550. “Stimulating Woodland Restoration: Long Term Effects of Spatial and Biotic Pattern.” ($53,429) This is part of a larger collaborative research project with Rutgers Univ. and SUNY, Albany, which has received $250,000.00 of funding from NSF.
    1998  Academics for Creative Teaching Grant (ACT $700.00) “The SHU Meadow: Outdoor Classroom and Lab”.
    1998  Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project and Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition grant ($1062.90) For the restoration of Svhira Park with the help of SHU students and the Read School 7th grade class.

     

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

    • Women Faculty Mentoring Committee 2011-Present
    • Chair, Department of Biology 2002-2009
    • Fellow for the Center on Teaching and Leaning 2006-2007
    • Faculty Appreciation Award: The Office of Residential Life 2007
    • Heroes of the Sea Award: from the Wildlife Trust in honor of the work on horseshoe crab ecology and science literacy 2005.
    • Green Circle Award: from the CT. Dept. of Environmental Protection for promoting pollution prevention, waste reduction, natural resources conservation and environmental awareness 1999.
    • Honorable Mention: from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education Community Service Award committee for work on the restoration of Svhira Park, Bridgeport, CT 1999.

Publications and Presentations

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    Publications

    Beekey, M.A., J.H. Mattei and B.J. Pierce. 2013. Horseshoe crab eggs: A rare resource for predators in Long Island Sound. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 439:152-159.

    Mattei J.H., M.A. Beekey, A. Woronik, H. Potter, C. Bond, K. Smith. 2011. Estimation of short-term tag mortality in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:(4) 954-958.

    Kasinak, J., K. Bartholomew, M.A. Beekey and J.H.Mattei. 2011. Movement Patterns and Population Genetics of the American Horseshoe Crab in Relation to Long Island Sound Conservation Strategies. Proceedings of the 2010 Biennial Long Island Sound Research Conference. University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT.

    Mattei, J.H., M.A. Beekey, A. Rudman, A. Woronik. 2010. Reproductive behavior in horseshoe crabs: does density matter? Current Zoology 56(5):634-642.

    Beekey, M.A. & J.H. Mattei. 2009. Thank a Horseshoe Crab for your Flu Vaccine! Windcheck Magazine (winter edition).

    Mattei, J. H. and M. A. Beekey. 2009. Breeding behavior and movement patterns of Limulus polyphemus in Long Island Sound: Results from a 10 year tagging study. (abstract) In: Tanacredi JT, Botton, ML, Smith DR (eds.), Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs. Springer, New York, pp. 626-627.

    Botton, M. L., Mattei, J., Robinson, G. S. and Beekey, M. A. 2009. Horseshoe Crabs in New Haven Harbor: An Initial Study of Reproductive Biology and Beach Quality. (abstract) In: Tanacredi JT, Botton, ML, Smith DR (eds.) Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs. Springer, New York, p. 613.

    Beekey M.A. and J.H. Mattei. 2008. What long term mark/recapture studies reveal about horseshoe crab population dynamics in Long Island Sound. Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Long Island Sound Research Conference. Connecticut College, Groton, CT.

    Mattei, J. and M. Beekey. 2008. The Horseshoe Crab Conundrum. In: Wrack Lines 8:1, Spring/Summer 2008, CT Sea Grant.

    Mattei, J., P. Goodell, C. DePiero, and M. Burke. 2006. A Switch from Polyandry to Serial Monogamy: Results from a Three Year Tagging Study of Horseshoe Crabs in Long Island Sound. Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Long Island Sound Research Conference, pp. 59-63. Connecticut College, Groton, CT.

    Mattei, J. 2006. Population Ecology and Conservation of the Long Island Sound Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus.Final Report, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, CTDEP, ID No. 2006-6227.

    Mattei, J.H. 2005. “The Challenge of Environmental Protection” in Public Policy in Connecticut: Challenges and Perspectives ed. Gary L. Rose, pp. 66-85. Sacred Heart University Press, Fairfield, CT.

    Mattei, J.H. 2005. Preliminary Observations of Spawning Site Fidelity and Home Range of the American Horseshoe Crab Inhabiting Long Island Sound. Abstract, 25th Milford Aquaculture Seminar, New Haven, CT.

    Mattei, J.H., S. N. Handel, and G. R. Robinson. 2003. Lessons Learned Restoring An Urban Forest on A Closed Landfill (New York). Ecological Restoration 21(1):62-63.

    Robinson, G.R., S.N. Handel, and J.H. Mattei. 2001. Experimental Techniques for Evaluating the Success of Restoration Projects. Pg. 3-19 in: C.S. Lee, Editor. Development and Roles of Restoration and Ecology: Hopes for the Future. The Ecological Society of Korea 2001 International Symposium, Chung-Ang University, Seoul.

    Lyons, B. J. Mattei, and P. Machledt. 1999. Techniques utilized to incorporate environmentally focused service learning projects into courses in Biology and Economics. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 1(2):183-191.

    Handel, S.N., G. Robinson,W.F.J. Parsons, and J.H. Mattei. 1997. Restoration of woody plants to Capped Landfills: Root Dynamics in an engineered soil. Restoration Ecology, 5(1):1-10.

    Mattei, J.H., S.N. Handel, and W.F.J. Parsons. 1996. Factors limiting recruitment of native woody plants in the ecological restoration of upland habitats. Bull. Ecological Society of America 77 (3, supple.):287.

    Recent Talks

    Mattei, J., M. Beekey, A. Leenders, and J. Gazerro. 2012. The Restoration of the Housatonic River, CT: One Point at a Time. Platform presentation at The Coastal Society biennial conference; June 3-6, Miami, Florida.

    Mattei, J. and M. Beekey. 2012. Project Limulus: How community research projects can help sustain undergraduate research initiatives. Poster presentation: Annual meeting of the Council of Undergraduate Research, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ.

    Mattei, J., M. Beekey, A. Leenders, and J. Gazerro. 2012. The Restoration of the Housatonic River, CT: One Point at a Time. Platform presentation at The Coastal Society biennial conference; June 3-6, Miami, Florida.

    Mattei, J. and M. Beekey. 2011. Project Limulus: A Model for Horseshoe Crab Conservation through Synergistic Activities between Citizens and Researchers. Invited Presentation at the International Workshop on Science and Conservation of Asian Horseshoe Crabs, 13-16 June in Hong Kong, China.

    Mark A. Beekey, Kirk A. Bartholomew, Jo-Marie Kasinak and Jennifer H. Mattei. 2011. Conservation plans for horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound combining both population genetic and mark/recapture data. Poster Presentation International Workshop on Science and Conservation of Asian Horseshoe Crabs, 13-16 June in Hong Kong, China.

    Bartholomew KA, JM Kasinak, MA Beekey, and JH Mattei. 2010. Movement patterns and population genetics of the American horseshoe crab in relation to Long Island Sound Conservation Strategies. New England Estuaries Research Society Annual Meeting. Provincetown, MA.

    Beekey MA, C Ryan and JH Mattei. 2010. Movement patterns of Limulus polyphemus, the American horseshoe crab, and implications for management strategies. New England Estuaries Research Society Annual Meeting. Provincetown, MA.

    Bartholomew KA, JM Kasinak, MA Beekey, and JH Mattei. 2010. Movement patterns and population genetics of the American horseshoe crab in relation to Long Island Sound Conservation Strategies. 2010 Biennial Long Island
    Sound Research Conference. Stamford, CT.

    Mattei, J.H. and M. Beekey. 2010. Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. Ecology and Education Summit, Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World. Ecological Society of America, and National Education Association, Oct. Washington, D.C.

    Mattei, J.H., Mark Beekey, Brett Luongo, Chris Bond, and Jose Huaringa. 2009. Project Limulus: A Community Research Program. Poster Presentation CCIC/Project Kaleidoscope/CSU Connecticut Higher Education in the Public Square: Promoting STEM Literacy: Yale University

    Mattei, J.H. and Lawit, D. 2009. Tag! You’re It: Bringing Science into the Classroom, the Classroom out to the Field. Master Class for Expeditionary Learning Schools National Conference Baltimore, MD (March 5-7).

     

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