Meet your mentor Dr. John T. Tanacredi

John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D., CERCOM Director & Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Research (BCES)

John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D.Dr. Tanacredi has over 43 years of experience in environmental/ecological/conservation biology research and management. As Director of CERCOM, he has worked on a variety of water quality and conservation issues along the near shore ocean of the Long Island coast, including the Great South Bay. He has produced more than fifty peer-reviewed scientific publications; five books; and has led scientific/academic research expeditions to Easter Island, Chile; the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, and Turkey), Costa Rica, Belize, eastern Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Galápagos.

He is a world authority on Horseshoe Crab conservation and ecology. In more than forty years as a scientist and as a conservationist, flight meteorologist with the U.S. Navy "Hurricane Hunters;" environmental analyst
with the U.S. Coast Guard Bridge Administration; 24 years as research ecologist with the National Park Service, and 13 years as an academician chairing a department of Earth and Marine Sciences, he has obtained or been involved as principal investigator in more than $5.5 million of research-related funding.

He has held research associate positions at the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Invertebrate Zoology (1992-2012), the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Aquarium Osborn Laboratories for Marine Sciences (1990-2012), and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (2001 - 2012). Dr. Tanacredi received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic University (today, NYU Polytechnic Institute); his M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the Institute of Health Sciences at CUNY Hunter College; and his B.S. in Biological Sciences from CUNY Richmond College. Dr. Tanacredi is presently an active member and long-standing member of The Explorer's Club, the NY Academy of Sciences, and CRESLI.


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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