Sacred Heart University Researchers Win Grant To Study Horseshoe Crabs

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Sacred Heart University students in Fairfield recently received a grant to work on horseshoe crab nursery habitats.
Sacred Heart University students in Fairfield recently received a grant to work on horseshoe crab nursery habitats. Photo Credit: Courtesy Flickr User Amanda

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University researchers in Fairfield recently received a grant to work on horseshoe crab nursery habitats. 

Connecticut Sea Grant announced four new grants totaling $ 491,750 for four research projects that will take place over the next two years. The grants fund research focusing on the ecosystems and natural resources of Long Island Sound and Connecticut's shoreline communities, representatives said. 

Sacred Heart University Department of Biology researchers Mark A. Beekey and Jennifer Mattei will "identify juvenile horseshoe crab nursery habitats along the Connecticut coastline and evaluate them for qualities essential to the species' growth and survival," representatives said.

"The project will build on the educational and outreach activities of Project Limulus, an ongoing citizen monitoring effort for horseshoe crab populations," representatives said. 

In addition to the research projects, Connecticut Sea Grant funds a variety of regional social science projects, including the Coastal Storm Awareness Program. Connecticut Sea Grant is a state and federal partnership through the UConn and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program.

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