Parameters for image-map-2:{}
University of New Haven logo
Parameters for article:{}

Cuomo’s crab research on Canadian History Channel

Release Date:
7/12/2011 4:48 PM

 University of New Haven: Cuomo Documentary 01

Carmela Cuomo and assistants being filmed for "Museum Secrets"

July 12, 2011

WEST HAVEN, CONN,  -- On the Saturday of July 4th weekend, when most people were at picnics with their families, Carmela Cuomo, associate professor of biological sciences, was in her lab. She was there to show off her horseshoe crabs to a film crew visiting from the Canadian History Channel.

Cuomo and her crabs will be featured in an episode of a documentary series called “Museum Secrets” that will focus on the Museum of Natural History in New York City, which has a crab exhibition.

The film crew already had filmed Cuomo collecting horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay, New York.

The program, which airs in Canada and England, but not in the U.S., will be televised in the winter of 2012.

University of New Haven: Cuomo Documentary 02

Cuomo’s research has shown that crabs will reproduce in the laboratory if they are allowed to nest in sand from their natal area. The research is important because crabs previously would not breed in captivity. They are used by the pharmaceutical industry to harvest a clotting extract in their blood, and as bait for the fishing industry. Raising them in captivity could provide a more abundant supply without taxing the native population along the East Coast.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.