Information Sheet: Dr. John Tanacredi

John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D.John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D.

Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Molloy College
Polytechnic University, Ph.D.; Hunter College Institute of Health Sciences, CUNY, M.S.; Richmond College, CUNY, B.S.

One of the highest honors a biological scientist can receive from his peers is to have a newly found species named after you. After the third research expedition to Easter Island and after publication of my book on the 10 years of research results from our Explorers Club/National Park Service species inventory, a new species of crustacean, Cryptopontius tanacredii was named after me.

About Molloy College

I came to academia after 30 years in the Federal Service. Three years in the US Navy as a "Hurricane Hunter", a flight meteorologist collecting data inside the hurricanes of the 1969 and 1970 seasons; four years as an Environmental Administrator with the US Coast Guard preparing environmental impact statements on bridge and highway construction in 6 states along the North Atlantic region of the United States; then 24 years as a research ecologist with the National Park Service serving as the coastal parks research coordinator for the East coast NPS units and as Park Biologist at Gateway NRA in NY/NJ; and for 13 years, the Chairman of the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College. These 43 years of experiences and scientific research have been shared with all students who take my courses and who are interested in the research that I conduct. There is very little else that can be more important to a scientist than shaping future scientists in the area of research they have spent their lives doing and are passionate about. Working with young people in science is the most satisfying reward an academician can have.

Favorite Courses to teach

I love all the courses that I teach since I am a "ham" at heart. However, the most gratifying courses are the experiential ones where over the years I have led international trips to literally the four corners of the globe and have brought students along to experience the "courses" first hand. So, coral reef ecology in Belize and the Virgin Islands, tropical rainforest ecology in Costa Rica; evolution and island ecology in the Galapagos Islands/Ecuador; horseshoe crab conservation in China and Taiwan; earth history in Iceland; volcanoes in Italy; air pollution in Athens, Greece; Beluga Whales in St. Lawrence and Canada; and migratory birds and turtles in the Caribbean of Puerto Rico, to just name a few, have all been my favorite courses and life experiences.

Most recent books read

Sylvia Earle's "The World is Blue"; E.O. Wilson's, Letters to a Young Scientist", Niles Eldredge's "Why We Do It: Rethinking Sex and the Selfish Gene, and "The Sixth Extinction", by Elizabeth Kolbert

Favorite entertainers

Lady Gaga, John Stewart, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, and Liam Neeson.


Rabid Knicks and Mets fan; and an incredibly frustrated artist.


CERCOM By the Numbers



on the Great South Bay


Cooperative partners and advisory

council member groups


HSC Monitoring Sites from the Tip of Montauk to the Tip of Brooklyn


Species of crustacean named

after CERCOM's director

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Dr. John T. Tanacredi
1000 Hempstead Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002