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Humanity & the Horseshoe Crab – John Tanacredi, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Molloy College

May 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT


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John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D.Dr. Tanacredi has over 43 years of experience in environmental/ecological/conservation biology research and management. As Director of Molly College’s CERCOM, he has worked on a variety of water quality and conservation issues along the near shore ocean of the Long Island coast, including the Great South Bay. He has produced more than fifty peer-reviewed scientific publications; five books; and has led scientific/academic research expeditions to Easter Island, Chile; the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, and Turkey), Costa Rica, Belize, eastern Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Galápagos.

He is a world authority on Horseshoe Crab conservation and ecology. In more than forty years as a scientist and as a conservationist, flight meteorologist with the U.S. Navy “Hurricane Hunters;” environmental analyst with the U.S. Coast Guard Bridge Administration; 24 years as research ecologist with the National Park Service, and 13 years as an academician chairing a department of Earth and Marine Sciences, he has obtained or been involved as principal investigator in more than $5.5 million of research-related funding.

He has held research associate positions at the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Invertebrate Zoology (1992-2012), the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Aquarium Osborn Laboratories for Marine Sciences (1990-2012), and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (2001 – 2012). Dr. Tanacredi received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic University (today, NYU Polytechnic Institute); his M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the Institute of Health Sciences at CUNY Hunter College; and his B.S. in Biological Sciences from CUNY Richmond College. Dr. Tanacredi is presently an active member and long-standing member of The Explorer’s Club, the NY Academy of Sciences, and CRESLI. He is currently the Director of CERCOM & Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Research (BCES) at Molly College.

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