Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in New York State's Marine District and Interactions with Migratory Shorebirds in Moriches Bay.
(Session 3 10:45- 11:30 am)
(Co-authors of the program are: Kim McKown (NYSDEC) and Lorne Brousseau (CCE)
Over the past decade horseshoe crabs have been more closely monitored by researchers on Long Island in an effort to gain a better understanding of their population levels and trends and other basic life history information. In this presentation Dr. Sclafani will provide an overview of the monitoring that Cornell Cooperative Extension has been involved with and discuss an important aspect of these important marine animals-the importance of their eggs as a food source to fuel the migration of long distance migrant shorebirds.
Dr. Matthew Sclafani has been working for Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program for 12 years and has established a broad range of marine research, monitoring and educational outreach programs throughout Long Island, NY. He has received his Bachelors Degree in marine science from the University of New England (Maine), his Masters in biological oceanography from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) and his Doctorate in biology from McGill University (Quebec). His research interests include marine fish ecology, restoration ecology, and conservation management. His recent work has focused on horseshoe crab monitoring, fish passage restoration ecology, and shellfish enhancement and restoration projects. Matthew has also served as the New York State DEC Coordinator for the Peconic Estuary Program and has an interest in marine conservation projects that involve citizen participation.