A film entitled Project Limulus, which was produced by Sarah Pfeffer ’13 while she was doing an internship with the Biology Department, has been selected for a screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival during the Benthic Ecology meeting in Florida this week. Project Limulus is an ongoing citizen monitoring effort for horseshoe crab populations. The film includes photos by Tracy Deer-Mirek, assistant director of Communications at SHU. In addition to the screening of Pfeffer’s film, Professors Jennifer Mattei, Mark Beekey, Michele Guidone and LaTina Steele will be presenting at the Benthic Ecology meeting.
There’s more good news for Project Limulus! Beekey and Mattei recently received funding from Connecticut Sea Grant at the University of Connecticut. They were among four grant recipients for the years 2014-2016 and will be given a total of $103,650 over this two-year period. Connecticut Sea Grant has a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and gives grants to those working to help identify the needs of maritime industries and coastal communities, to fund research, outreach and educational activities that have special relevance to Connecticut’s shoreline communities and Long Island Sound.
The two professors will use the grant for their research on juvenile horseshoe crabs. They will be identifying juvenile horseshoe crab nursery habitats along the Connecticut coastline and evaluating them to ensure they are adequate for the species’ growth and survival. The project will build on the educational and outreach activities of Project Limulus.