John T. Tanacredi
Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College
Working with young people in science is very satisfying and rewarding to me. I have spent my life preforming scientific research and I am happy to share over 40 years of experiences with Molloy College students. As an academician, shaping future scientists is most important to me. Molloy College's support of CERCOM and its fostering scientific research agenda has been outstanding allowing faculty to explore new areas of interest.
I love all the courses that I teach which currently include, ecology and marine biology of Long Island coastlines; from the tip of Brooklyn to the tip of Montauk. 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. 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, Taiwan and Japan; 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. Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, have all been my favorite courses and life experiences.
What I am working on
- Scientific Manuscript: "Questioning Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration Practices in a Major Urban Estuary: Perpetuating Myths of Degradation in Spite of the Facts"; David Publishing - Pending 2016
- "The Redesigned Earth- An Introduction to Ecology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists"; Springer Publishing, pending 2016
- I am presently working on impacts of ocean acidifications on horseshoe crab physiology and ecology
Hands-on field work, collaborative research, long-term multi-parameter monitoring and a constant ever present desire to explore and learn the implications of scientific inquiry of humans and nature.
- Richmond College, CUNY, BS; 1972
- Hunter College Institute of Health Sciences, CUNY, MS; 1974
- Polytechnic University, PhD; 1988
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.
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 a coastal parks research coordinator assigned to University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO) 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 before coming to Molloy College in 2013 as Director of CERCOM and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the BCES department.
- 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"
- "The Sixth Extinction", by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Gateway: A Visitor's Companion (National Park Visitor's Companions; Stackpole Books; (1995)
- Ocean Pulse: A Critical Diagnosis; Springer; (1998)
- Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects; UXL Publishing; (2000)
- Limulus in the Limelight: A Species 350 Million Years in the Making and in Peril? ; Springer; (2001)
- Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World's Environmental Problems in Microcosm; Springer; (2003)
- Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs; Springer; (2009)