Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Southampton will be on the forefront of marine research on the east end of Long Island with its new 15,000-square foot, two-story Marine Sciences Center. Already home to cutting edge and internationally recognized research on harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, seagrasses, shellfish, and ocean acoustics, these new facilities will greatly expand the research capabilities of SoMAS in Southampton. These expanded abilities will ultimately benefit Long Island and its coastal ecosystems as most of the research in Southampton focuses on local bays, harbors, and estuaries and their food webs.
A central feature of the new facility is a computerized, state-of the-art 2,500-square-foot indoor seawater lab, which is capable of supplying three different seawater scenarios, will allow researchers to greatly expand upon their current research. An ambient seawater line will allow researchers to mimic seasonal temperature changes of Shinnecock Bay, while additional seawater lines are capable of instantly heating/cooling incoming seawater to meet specific temperature needs of an experiment. For research requiring very specific water quality parameters, a closed recirculation system will allow for greater control of not only temperature, but salinity and various other aspects of the water chemistry.
In addition to this impressive indoor wet lab, the Marine Sciences Center has an additional 2,400 sq. ft. of outdoor wet lab space that can accommodate larger experimental chambers or those that would benefit from a natural sunlight cycle.
Research and education will go hand in hand at the Marine Sciences Center. A classroom, analytical lab, and a prep lab that supports two teaching laboratories will not only enhance one of the nation's top ranked marine science graduate programs, but will strengthen the increased growth of Stony Brook Southampton's undergraduate Semester by the Sea program. A large entrance lobby, hallway with a view of the wet lab and conference room will allow Stony Brook Southampton to bring awareness of our marine environment to the local community through lectures, tours, and trips aboard our research vessels.
To keep with Stony Brook Southampton's environmental mission, the Marine Sciences Center was constructed with many “green” features. Sustainable design innovations such as energy recovery of ventilation air, day lighting of all normally occupied spaces, a low static pressure ductwork system, high-efficiency lighting and a super-insulated exterior wall assembly all work together to bring a minimum of a silver LEED rating to the Marine Sciences Center.
The marine station is also home to a fleet of research vessels including the R/V Paumanok, a 44-foot ocean-going vessel used for coastal research, the R/V Shinnecock, a 35-foot platform craft used for sampling local bays and estuaries and the R/V Peconic, a 45-foot catamaran, houseboat-style vessel for operation in protected bays and rivers. Many smaller outboard crafts are equipped with winches, davits and metering wheels for sampling instruments such as oxygen analyzers, CTD-probes, and trawls.
Take a tour of the new Marine Science Center by visiting our galleries page.
New Marine Sciences Laboratory opens at SoMAS Southampton
More information about the groundbreaking and construction of the new marine station is available on the construction page along with a slide show of construction images.