Associate Professor Daniel Knopf has been named by the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) a Wiley Research Fellow in recognition of his important contributions to EMSL as a national scientific user and a proven record of generating highly impactful science.
NYU-Poly Partners With Stony Brook to Launch Storm Institute (Washington Square News) Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the beginning of the New York State Resilience Institute for Storms and Emergencies, a research institute housed at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and Stony Brook University in response to Superstorm Sandy. A meeting that will address funding and the final plan will take place today Nov. 7. The funding group consists of the two co-directors, Minghua Zhang of Stony Brook and NYU-Poly professor Fletcher Griffis in addition to four other researchers -- two from NYU and two from Stony Brook.
Governor Cuomo Announces the Launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies STONY BROOK, NY, October 31, 2013--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), a new "applied think tank" led by New York University and Stony Brook University that will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters
Master's students in the Marine Conservation and Policy Program will have the unique opportunity of taking a literature course from two of the nation's leading environmental writers this spring semester. Dr. Carl Safina, and Paul Greenberg, will team up with SoMAS Professor Dr. Lesley Thorne to teach Marine Conservation Literature. The course seeks to teach students about how marine science issues have been represented in written works, and the link between literature, our relationship with the oceans, and the decisions we make about ocean conservation.
Damaging Brown Tide Re-emerges across entire South Shore of Long Island An intense and damaging brown tide has re-emerged across most of Great South Bay, Moriches Bay, and Shinnecock Bay. Monitoring by the Gobler Laboratory based in the Marine Science Research Center in the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University's Southampton Campus has revealed that a brown tide that began to develop during September and has intensified this month to nearly 1,000,000 cells per milliliter in central Great South Bay as of October 8. Densities exceeding 200,000 cells per milliliter were also present in western Great South Bay, Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, and Shinnecock Bay.
SoMAS Celebrates Opening of State-Of-The-Art Marine Science Center The Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University today celebrated the opening of its spectacular new state-of-the-art LEED-certified Marine Sciences Center for the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele were joined by members of the community to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of spectacular new research and teaching facility.
The crew of the R/V Seawolf helped release Roxanne, a rescued Risso's dolphin, nurtured back to health by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. Roxanne is tagged and her journey can be viewed on her page at the Riverhead Foundation.
Stony Brook University Hosts NSF Funded Storm Chasing Project (SBU) Stony Brook University in collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, CO, is hosting and participating in the DREAMS (Doppler Radar for Education And Mesoscale Studies) project, a three-week National Science Foundation-funded endeavor to study storms, sea breezes and other weather phenomena around the New York City (NYC) and Long Island area. The project, led by Dr. Brian Colle, a Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook, is utilizing the Doppler on Wheels 6 (DOW 6), a truck equipped with a Doppler weather radar and a set of weather instruments that can be deployed in the field (a "pod"). Jun 26, 2013 - 9:30:00 AM
Fukushima-Derived Radioactivity in Seafood Poses Minimal Health Risks, Experts Say (SBU) In 2012, Nicholas Fisher a distinguished professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and postdoctoral scholar Zosia Baumann, working with a colleague at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, reported that they had detected radioactivity in Pacific bluefin tuna swimming off the California coast. The source of the radioactivity was Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi powerplants, which were damaged by the strong earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 11 March 2011 and released large quantities of radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean. The news prompted widespread media interest and speculation as to the possible risks to seafood consumers posed by the levels of radioactivity found in the tuna. Jun 3, 2013 - 3:46:26 PM
Stony Brook University Secures $200 Million in 12 Months (SBU) Stony Brook University has long been known for providing opportunities for talented, high achieving students who want a quality, affordable, public higher education experience and the better future that goes with it. Now, a multitude of friends and former students have given to the University in historic fashion Ă˘â‚¬" helping to raise a staggering $200 million in 12 months. Mar 4, 2013 - 11:00:00 AM
Scientists Estimate More Than 100 Million Sharks Killed Annually (SBU) The number of sharks killed each year in commercial fisheries is estimated at 100 million, with a range between 63 million and 273 million, according to the research "Global Catches, Exploitation Rates and Rebuilding Options for Sharks," published in the journal Marine Policy on February 28, 2013. The article was co-authored by Dr. Demian Chapman, assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and assistant director of science at the Institute for Ocean Conservation at Stony Brook University. Mar 1, 2013 - 6:00:00 PM
New Research on Migratory Behavior of Endangered Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Can Help Shape Conservation Strategies (SBU) As the nations of the world prepare to vote on measures to restrict international trade in endangered sharks in early March, a team of researchers has found that one of these species, the oceanic whitetip shark, regularly crosses international boundaries. Efforts by individual nations to protect this declining apex predator within their own maritime borders may therefore need to be nested within broader international conservation measures. Feb 20, 2013 - 5:00:00 PM
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Members of the SoMAS Community are featured in numerous features, clips and articles from a variety of news sources.
Two SBU Researchers Reveal Independent Findings Associated with Climate Change (SBU) Out of Stony Brook University, two independent studies published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals show the effects of climate change on differing aspects of the earth's ecosystem. Both researchers, Gordon Taylor, Professor of Oceanography, and John Wiens, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, had their findings published in two prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Oct 16, 2012 - 7:00:00 PM
Long-Term Observations in the Tropics Linked to Global Climate Change (SBU) Reports of declining ice coverage and drowning polar bears in the Arctic illustrate dramatic ecosystem responses to global climate change in Earth's polar regions. But in this first-ever account of a long-term project in the southern Caribbean, a Stony Brook professor and his colleagues report in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. that tropical ecosystems are also affected by global climatic trends - and with accompanying economic impacts. Oct 16, 2012 - 5:00:00 PM
Study Provides First-Time Analysis of Three Distinct Contributions of Forage Fish Worldwide (SBU) A just-published study provides a first-time analysis of the value of forage fish, which are small, schooling species such as sardines, herring, and anchovies. Three kinds of contributions of forage fish were estimated: as direct catch, as food for other commercially important fish, and as an important link in the food web in marine ecosystems. The analysis showed these small fish contribute a total of $16.9 billion, as both direct catch and food for larger fish, to global fisheries annually, representing 20 percent of the global catch values of all marine fisheries combined. Sep 10, 2012 - 11:13:24 AM
Stony Brook University Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 (SBU) Stony Brook University has been included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 based on a broad range of subjects including academics, affordability, financial aid, quality of student life on campus, extracurricular activities, food, housing and more. The Fiske Guide to Colleges provides a selective, subjective and systematic look at more than 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Aug 28, 2012 - 2:09:47 PM
Stony Brook University Receives $3 Million For Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (SBU) The once rich shellfish beds of Shinnecock Bay may thrive again thanks to an ambitious environmental restoration project funded in part by a philanthropic gift from the Laurie Landeau Foundation matched by a gift from the Simons Foundation for a total impact of $3 million. These targeted funds will be used by Stony Brook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) over five years to restock shellfish, expand existing eelgrass beds, harvest seaweeds to absorb nutrients and inhibit harmful algal blooms, monitor restoration efforts and share the project's goals and results with stakeholders and the public. Aug 27, 2012 - 11:00:00 AM
Researchers Find Substantial Water Pollution Risks From "Fracking" To Recover Natural Gas (SBU) Stony Brook University scientists have found that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing - commonly known as "fracking" - wells producing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region poses substantial potential risks of river and other water pollution that suggests additional regulation to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination. Aug 6, 2012 - 9:04:39 AM
Stony Brook Southampton Campus To Get State-Of-The-Art Marine Science Center (SBU) The Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University is set to begin construction on a new state-of-the-art Marine Sciences Center for the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), which will replace and expand the current waterfront marine sciences research and teaching facilities. Jun 8, 2012 - 5:00:00 PM
Pacific Bluefin Tuna Carry Radioactivity from Japanese Power Plants Accident to California Coast (SBU) Bluefin tuna exposed to radioactivity that leaked into the Pacific Ocean after Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plants were damaged by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 201l, carried that radioactivity to the waters off California, a new study by scientists from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station has revealed. May 28, 2012 - 7:00:00 AM
Carl Safina Wins 2012 Orion Book Award (SBU) Professor Carl Safina, founding President of the Blue Ocean Institute who teaches in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and is a visiting professor in the Center for Communicating Science there, has been named the winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award for Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World.Ă˘â‚¬Âť May 16, 2012 - 12:00:00 PM
Is Eating Seafood Good or Bad? (SBU) Is eating seafood a good or bad thing? The answer could be both from the information that will be presented at a public lectured sponsored by Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). "Public Health Implications of Seafood Consumption," presented by Dr. Jaymie R. Meliker, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, on May 4. The lecture is open to all and a reception follows. It will be held at 7:30 PM on SBU's Southampton Campus in the Duke Lecture Hall-Chancellors Hall. May 3, 2012 - 2:15:58 PM
Stony Brook Gets Good News On Earth Day (SBU) Stony Brook University has been selected by The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of the nation's most environmentally friendly or "green"Âť colleges for the third year in a row in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition."Âť Additionally, Stony Brook put forth a strong showing in the 12th annual RecycleMania Tournament, recycling more than three million pounds of material in the eight-week competition against more than 600 colleges and universities in the nation. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Stony Brook is also celebrating the Earthstock Festival on Friday, April 20 in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Apr 20, 2012 - 10:17:57 AM
Stony Brook University to Receive Share of $2.4 Million New York Sea Grant (SBU) Stony Brook University researchers in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and the Department of Ecology and Evolution are receiving a share of the $2.4 million awarded by the New York Sea Grant (NYSG) program for fiscal years 2012-2013 to fund research and education about issues important to coastal New Yorkers such as seafood safety, flooding due to storm surges, water quality and habitat restoration. Apr 5, 2012 - 11:15:00 AM
Stony Brook Faculty Named "People of the Year" (SBU) The Village Times Herald has named four Stony Brook University faculty members as People of the Year for 2011. These include Margaret M. McGovern, M.D., Ph.D., as Woman of the Year; Eckard Wimmer, Ph.D., as Man of the Year in Medicine; Carl Safina, Ph.D., as Man of the Year in Science; and Charlie Backfish, as Man of the Year in the Arts. Stories on their respective impact in their fields and in the community are featured in the newspaper's December 29, 2011, edition. Also selected as People of the Year in Education is The School of Professional Development's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Dec 30, 2011 - 2:22:36 PM
Three SBU Faculty Members Nominated for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize (SBU) Poachers, disease, civil wars, heat, cold, rain, drought, pollution, ignorance, indifference. Those are just some of the challenges faced by the 29 conservationists, three of whom are Stony Brook University faculty members, who have devoted their lives to saving the Earth's endangered species and have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. Dec 5, 2011 - 11:42:00 PM
Minghua Zhang Named Dean of Stony Brook University SoMAS (SBU) Stony Brook University has named Dr. Minghua Zhang to the position of Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), announced Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University and Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Stony Brook Scientists Study Ocean Impacts Of Radioactive Contamination From Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (SBU) Scientists from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) are joining colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, several other U.S. academic institutions and laboratories in Japan and Spain on the first international, multidisciplinary assessment of the levels and dispersion of radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean off the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Jun 8, 2011 - 10:01:23 AM
Stony Brook University Receives National Recognition For Community Service (SBU) As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Stony Brook University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. May 27, 2011 - 4:35:16 PM
Stony Brook University to Expand Existing Programs Currently Offered on the Southampton Campus (SBU) Stony Brook University today announced that plans are underway to introduce expanded programs in graduate creative arts and undergraduate marine sciences at the Stony Brook University Southampton campus in the fall of 2011. This expansion, which follows several productive Advisory Committee meetings and continuing discussions among University administration and faculty, also includes plans to offer an undergraduate residency program in creative arts to begin in the Fall of 2012. Feb 28, 2011 - 4:35:59 PM
Stony Brook University Professor Leads Team that Publishes On First Genome of a Harmful Algal Blooms Species (SBU) Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are caused by single-celled plants, or phytoplankton, in coastal waters and have a negative impact on coastal ecosystems worldwide, costing the U.S. economy alone hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The impact of harmful algal blooms have intensified in recent decades and most research has focused on chemical nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus as causative agents of these blooms. Feb 22, 2011 - 9:00:00 AM
Stony Brook Faculty Mentor 32 Semifinalists in National Intel Science Talent Search Competition (SBU) Thirty-two (32) high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty were named among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition. Mentors come from a range of departments and disciplines throughout Stony Brook, including: Anatomical Sciences, Anesthesiology, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolution, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, and the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences. Jan 13, 2011 - 11:01:40 PM
Stony Brook University Receives Highly Selective 'Community Engagement Classification' From Carnegie Foundation (SBU) The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has granted Stony Brook University the highly selective 2010 Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Community Outreach. This voluntary classification, a designation shared by only 311 institutions of higher education, provides national acknowledgement for Stony Brook's institutional commitment to, and support of its surrounding community. Jan 12, 2011 - 9:17:50 AM
Stony Brook University Honors Outstanding Faculty Achievements at Annual Event (SBU) More than 50 Stony Brook University faculty members were honored at the annual Faculty Achievement dinner at Watermill Caterers on November 3. Established in 1992, the event recognizes those who received prestigious national and international fellowships, honors, and awards during the previous academic year. Dec 3, 2010 - 9:42:15 AM
Team of Researchers Find Evidence of Fire in Antarctic Ice (SBU) A team of scientists studying Antarctic ice cores have found surprising evidence of a fluctuating pattern of carbon monoxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere caused by biomass burning in the Southern Hemisphere over the past 650 years. Dec 2, 2010 - 12:19:01 PM
Vitamins Identified As Key Nutrient Which May Promote Harmful Algal Blooms in Coastal Waters (SBU) Harmful algal blooms, which negatively affect coastal ecosystems, public health, economies and fisheries around the world, may be promoted by vitamins B-1 and B-12 according to Stony Brook University scientists, whose findings were published online and in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) in an article entitled, "Most harmful algal bloom species are vitamin B-1 and B-12 auxotrophs." Dec 1, 2010 - 12:27:07 PM
First Multi-Year Nearshore Survey Of Antarctic Krill Reveals High Density, Stable Population In Shallow, Coastal Waters (SBU) Using smaller vessels that allow access to shallow, nearshore waters, researchers from Stony Brook University and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducted the first multi-year survey of the population of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) in coastal waters near Livingston Island and discovered that nearshore waters had significantly higher krill biomass density than offshore waters. They also found that the nearshore waters had less interannual variation than offshore waters. Aug 4, 2010 - 12:59:06 PM
Stony Brook University Announces New Funding To Study Mercury In Seafood (SBU) The Gelfond fund for Mercury Related Research and Outreach, established by Richard Gelfond, CEO and Director of IMAX Corporation and Chairman of the Stony Brook Foundation, will advance scientific understanding of methylmercury accumulation in human diets and its effects on human health.
May 7, 2010 - 10:54:22 AM
SBU Dean of the School of Marine Sciences Appointed NSF Director, Division of Ocean Sciences (SBU) Dr. David O. Conover, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, has accepted a position as the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences with the National Science Foundation (NSF), effective July 19, 2010. Dr. Conover has served with distinction as Dean of SoMAS for the past seven years, and will remain a faculty member with SoMAS during his service to the NSF.
Proposed Wind Power Grid To Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable (SBU) The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity by means of wind turbines. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength. Apr 2, 2010 - 12:30:06 PM
Sturgeon's plight stokes conservation rowAFP, March 19, 2010
A catastrophic fall in wild sturgeon numbers even as more and more of its lucrative caviar is farmed has stoked a bitter row over the best means of conservation -- managed catch or outright ban.
Caviar hunters push sturgeon to ’extinction’s edge’Reuters, March 18, 2010
After more than 200 million years, sturgeon are losing a battle for survival to poachers who have hunted the queens of caviar to the verge of extinction, a leading environmental group said on Thursday.
Catch less sturgeon to keep caviar comingFuturity, March 18, 2010
Reducing adult mortality of beluga sturgeon would be more effective than hatchery supplementation in easing a worldwide shortage of caviar.
Pushing for Sea ChangesLiving on Earth, March 12, 2010
Sharks are routinely hunted for their fins, which are used as a delicacy in shark fin soup. Stony Brook University professor Demian Chapman does DNA research to identify shark species and geographic origin. He tells host Jeff Young why it’s important to regulate international trade of sharks.
BIODIVERSITY: Lucrative Shark Trade Under ScrutinyIPS, March 12, 2009
As climate change transforms the acidity and oxygen levels of the world's waters with devastating effects for some marine species, others are facing an even more immediate threat from human consumption.
Arguments Against Dolphin SlaughterDot Earth, March 11, 2010
Louis Psihoyos, the former National Geographic photographer who won an Oscar on Sunday for “The Cove,” his first documentary film, sat down for a conversation with me at the Asia Society on Tuesday on various aspects of the ongoing slaughter of dolphins in Japan and his team’s work exposing the serving of Sei whale meat at The Hump, a sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. I asked Carl Safina, the marine biologist, ocean campaigner and author, whether he thought utilitarian or ethical arguments dominated the film.
Sushi wars: Battle looms over bluefin tunaThe Independent, March 11, 2010
The fate of Atlantic bluefin tuna, eaten to the edge of viability, will be decided in the next two weeks when the world's nations vote on whether to ban cross-border trade in the dwindling species.
Tuna, elephants up for trade banCapital News, March 11, 2010
Gathering over 13 days in Doha, Qatar, the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) faces tense debate on how to protect dwindling biodiversity harvested for its alluring cash value.
So Long Sushi, US Sides With Bluefin TunaVoice of America, March 5, 2010
In the 1970s, Carl Safina fished off the U.S. Atlantic coast for bluefin tuna, a majestic warm-blooded predator that travels at highway speeds and can weigh as much as 650 kilograms.
After Two Decades of Delay, A Chance to Save Bluefin TunaEnvironment360, March 4, 2010
The obscenely profitable market for bluefin tuna in Japan has led to years of overfishing and left the world’s bluefin population badly depleted. A ban on the bluefin trade, if adopted at international talks this month, would go a long way toward giving this magnificent fish a chance to recover.
Conservationists say strict fishing rules workNewsday, February 23, 2010
As thousands of fishermen planned to converge Wednesday on Washington, D.C., to protest a federal law they say is strangling an industry and taking the fun out of recreation, some marine experts contend the rules have been effective in rebuilding stocks - to fishermen's ultimate benefit.
Virgin Shark Birth Pups Living Long, Healthy LivesDiscovery News, January 25, 2010
A new study, published in the Journal of Heredity, concludes that sharks born to virgin mothers can survive over the long-term. Two daughters of a white-spotted bamboo shark virgin, for example, are now over five years old.
Study of shark virgin birth shows offspring can survive long termScience Blog, January 25, 2010
Shark pups born to virgin mothers can survive over the long-term, according to new research published Jan. 25, 2010 in the Journal of Heredity. The study shows for the first time that some virgin births can result in viable offspring.
Save the salmon -- and usLos Angeles Times, January 24, 2010
The Obama administration's plan for the Columbia Basin doesn't go nearly far enough.
Lake Forest Designer Gives Rachael Ray Some Sparkle Ageless North Shore, December 20, 2009
I decided to create the “SeaGems” line after a life-altering expedition to Antarctica in 2008 with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science's Executive Director, Dr. Ellen Pikitch.
2009 Year In Review Green Edition: Long Island’s Environmental Milestones Long Island Press, December 23, 2009
At the close of 2008, the only thing rebellious about Tiger Woods was his signature red shirt and the only scandal surrounding Michael Phelps was his endorsement of Frosted Flakes over Wheaties. Thankfully, Long Island’s reputation for green initiatives hasn’t gone down quite the same way in ’09.
The Challenge of Knowing What’s Really in the Osetra Tin New York Times, December 15, 2009 For those who could afford it, buying caviar used to be simple. In descending order of price, there was delicate, prized beluga; nutty and sometimes golden osetra; and dark, assertive sevruga.
Scientists Trace Shark Fin Trade
New Tang Dynasty Television, December 2, 2009
This Hong Kong market is the epicenter of a billion-dollar-a-year industry. According to the World Wildlife Foundation, fifty percent of all shark fins sold in the world come through here.
Sellers of rare shark fin hooked The Standard, December 2, 2009
Hong Kong has vowed to join international efforts to protect endangered species after a US study showed some shark fins on sale here came from populations under threat.
Shark fins traced from the US to China X-Ray Mag, December 1, 2009
For the first time, DNA tools have successfully pinpointed the geographic origin of shark fins sold dried in markets to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy.
HK Markets Selling Endangered Shark Fins: US Study Vancouver Sun, December 1, 2009
High-tech forensic methods show that some shark fins on sale in Hong Kong markets come from endangered shark populations, proving the need for stronger trade regulations, a new study said Tuesday.
DNA Testing To Help Sharks Keep Fins Scientific American, December 1, 2009
In a study in the journal Endangered Species Research, shark fins on sale were shown to be from a specific region in which shark populations have collapsed, evidence that may help change fishing regulations.
Poached Hammerhead DNA Traced to Endangered PopulationsUS News & World Report, December 1, 2009
Demand for shark fin soup has pummeled hammerhead shark populations. And some of those sharks are taken from already decimated stocks, finds a new analysis that uses DNA to pinpoint the origins of hammerhead fins sold at market.
A Closer Look at the Hudson Canyon Shows Why the Canyon is Critical for Fish
Rutgers.edu, December 1, 2009
A series of newly discovered pits in the bottom of the Hudson Canyon, 100 miles southeast of New York Harbor, may be a key ingredient for the abundant and diverse marine ecosystem in and around the canyon, according to research by scientists from Rutgers University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Why the hammerhead shark got its hammerNew Scientist, November 27, 2009
It's one of evolution's most eccentric creations: a head shaped like a hammer. Now, a study suggests that the hammerhead shark may have evolved its oddly shaped snout to boost the animal's vision and hunting prowess.
Climate change threat to shellfishAlbany Times Union, November 1, 2009
A Native American name for Long Island, Sewanhacky, meant "Island of Shells." It referred to the vast numbers of clam, oyster and other shells deposited on its shores.
Ocean Acidification May Contribute To Global Shellfish DeclineConsortium for Ocean Leadership, October 27, 2009
Relatively minor increases in ocean acidity brought about by high levels of carbon dioxide have significant detrimental effects on the growth, development, and survival of hard clams, bay scallops, and Eastern oysters, according to researchers at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
Ocean Acidification May Contribute To Global Shellfish Decline (SBU) Relatively minor increases in ocean acidity brought about by high levels of carbon dioxide have significant detrimental effects on the growth, development, and survival of hard clams, bay scallops, and Eastern oysters, according to researchers at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. In one of the first studies looking at the effect of ocean acidification on shellfish, Stephanie Talmage, PhD candidate, and Professor Chris Gobler showed that the larval stages of these shellfish species are extremely sensitive to enhanced levels of carbon dioxide in seawater. Oct 26, 2009 - 3:07:07 PM
East Hampton Village Beach serves as focus of new conclusions on rip tidesEast Hampton Press, October 21, 2009
Through years of research and more than 500 hours of video footage taken at Georgica Beach in East Hampton Village, two researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook are on their way to developing a mechanism for predicting rip currents, a breakthrough they say will be helpful to both beachgoers and those who want to protect beaches.
Toxic 'red tide' returns to East End baysEast Hampton Press, September 8, 2009
East End marine scientists say that blooms of a toxic red algae have reappeared in bays across the East End in late summer and may pose a threat to larval fish and shellfish populations.
Stony Brook Announces Partnership With Local Marine InstitutionsNorthFork.com, August 26, 2009
Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation have announced a public-private partnership that will promote collaboration between the three institutions.
Stony Brook U. and marine research group teams upWSHU News, August 26, 2009
The Riverhead Marine Research Foundation is teaming up with The Atlantis Aquarium and Stony Brook University to give students experience in the rehabilitation of sick animals.
Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark 'Tweens' And 'Teenagers' Science Daily, August 25, 2009
A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to stay near their coastal birthplace for many years.
Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark "Tweens" And "Teenagers" (SBU) A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to stay near their coastal birthplace for many years. Aug 24, 2009 - 4:16:22 PM
NYC's Rockaway Beach closed after 6 drowningsNewsday, August 23, 2009
Jose-Luis Olivares rushed into the ocean to rescue his 8-year-old girl, who was floundering in the rough surf. She made it out alive, but he was pulled under and drowned.
Lone Parents: Parthenogenesis in SharksBioScience, July 2009
The discovery that sharks can reproduce asexually means that mammals are the only jawed vertebrate lineage incapable of parthenogenesis. But can this surprising capacity make any difference to shark survival as their populations decline?
Saving Fish is Possible, Unless They’re Past the Tipping PointWired Science, July 30, 2009
Just a few years after scientists warned of impending ocean apocalypse, a handful of simple management tools have pulled some of Earth’s fisheries back from the edge of collapse, according to a review of global fish populations and catch data.
When a Shark Is More Gum Than BiteNYTimes.com, July 23, 2009
For those who did not catch the news last week, a huge basking shark came ashore to die at Gilgo Beach in Babylon, on Long Island, making for a sad sight, but supposedly, not a real scary one.
Paper or plastic? No thanks.Times Beacon Record, July 22, 2009
Suffolk County has the opportunity to hit a home run for the environment if it passes Introductory Resolution 1418-2009, a local law to Reduce the use of Disposable Bags by Retail Stores.
Researchers eye shark washed ashore at Gilgo BeachNewsday, July 14, 2009
Eager to scrutinize a species with few samples available for study, researchers Tuesday sliced up the carcass of an enormous basking shark that washed up on Gilgo Beach in Babylon, with plans to send samples of the animal around the world.
`Brown tide' eyed in waters off Long Island Newsday, July 13, 2009
The waters off parts of Long Island's east end have turned the color of cocoa--possibly the sign of a "brown tide" that could harm marine life.
Scientists: Dolphins' local swim a good sign for LINewsday, June 29, 2009
The bottlenose dolphins that swam into the Long Island Sound while they chased fish are a good sign that the Sound's waters are clean and well stocked with herring, scientists said Monday.
Stony Brook prof meets tiny decomposersLong Island Business News, June 29, 2009
One local microbiologist will join a national team of scientists to study labyrinthulomycetes, microscopic marine organisms that help decompose dead organic matter in ocean waters.
Climate Change Report: Warming Causes Rain (ABC World News) (SBU) U.S. Goverment says extreme weather and global warming linked. (Malcolm Bowman, Professor of Oceanography and Distinguished Service Professor, SBU School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)comments.) Jun 24, 2009 - 8:41:08 AM
The Seafood Eater's Latest ConundrumNew York Times Online, June 9, 2009
It's been more than 20 years since conservationists pushed tuna fleets to stop using fishing methods that killed tens of thousands of dolphins a year. Since then, choices for seafood-eating consumers have become more complex and confusing.
Icelandic Cod in Treacherous WatersScienceNOW Daily News, May 29, 2009
The cod fishery around Iceland is one of the largest in the world, yielding roughly 200,000 metric tons a year. The stocks are in far better shape than the collapsed fisheries in the western Atlantic. Nonetheless, new research on cod genetics suggests that fishing is changing the population in ways that could lead to a partial collapse.
Retiring SBU President Shirley Strum Kenny Confers Degrees At Her Final Commencement Ceremony (SBU) Shirley Strum Kenny conferred the final 5,421 degrees of her 15 year career as President of Stony Brook University at the annual University Commencement ceremony today. The Commencement, Long Island's largest, will conferred 3,391 undergraduate degrees, 1,290 Masters, 294 doctoral, 223 Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Dental Surgery/Doctor of Physical Therapy, and 223 certificates. May 26, 2009 - 12:34:27 PM
Three Stony Brook Faculty Members Named To Rank Of Distinguished Service And Teaching Professor (SBU) Three faculty members from Stony Brook University have been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Service and Distinguished Teaching Professor, the State University of New York has announced. Henry Bokuiewicz was among the ten SUNY professors approved for appointment to Distinguished Service Professor. SUNY also approved the appointment of Steven Skiena and Joseph Lauher to Distinguished Teaching Professors. The honor is one of the highest that SUNY bestows and is awarded for exemplary teaching. May 20, 2009 - 10:29:51 AM
Toxic algae found in local bays in '08 Southampton Press, Apr 29, 2009
Researchers from Stony Brook Southampton's Marine Science Center say they have detected a previously unidentified species of toxic algae in East End bays that could be harmful to humans.
Mapping the future of LI's shores Newsday, March 8, 2009
On a recent winter evening, about 30 scientists, town planners and natural resource managers gathered at Stony Brook University to preview a high-tech mapping tool cum crystal ball. The vision? What Long Island's coastline might look like as temperatures warm and oceans rise.
"Undesirable"ť Evolution Can Be Reversed In Fish, Stony Brook University Scientists Show (SBU) "Undesirable" evolution in fish -- which makes their bodies grow smaller and fishery catches dwindle -- can actually be reversed in a few decades time by changing our "take-the-biggest-fish"ť approach to commercial fishing, according to groundbreaking new research published today by Stony Brook University scientists in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Mar 4, 2009 - 10:40:41 AM
Slow Recovery for Shrinking FishScientific American, March 3, 2009
As people continue to go after the biggest fish in the sea, global fisheries are shrinking -- both in number and the actual body size of their catches. But that rapid evolution can be reversed, according to a new 10-year study published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Cod in the act of evolutionBoston Globe, February 23, 2009
Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution are getting a lot of attention this month, the 200th anniversary of his birth. Much has happened over those two centuries.
Internationally Renowned Conservationist Named Dean Of Stony Brook Southampton (SBU) Mary C. Pearl, PhD, an internationally known and respected conservationist who has been president of Wildlife Trust since 1994, has been named the first Dean and Administrative Vice President for the Stony Brook University Southampton campus, President Shirley Strum Kenny announced today. She starts March 9. Feb 11, 2009 - 12:23:16 PM
Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May LiveNew York Times, February 10, 2009
“You care for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat-catching,” Robert Darwin told his son, “and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.” Yet the feckless boy is everywhere. Charles Darwin gets so much credit, we can’t distinguish evolution from him.
Seeing a Lost Engine to the SurfaceNew York Times, January 23, 2009
The divers who located the engine at the bottom of the Hudson River could see only a few inches in front of their masks, but they were not, in a manner of speaking, on unfamiliar ground.
Stony Brook Faculty Mentor 25 Of 300 Semifinalists In Nationwide Intel Science Research Competition (SBU) Twenty-five high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty and in Stony Brook laboratories were selected as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious nationwide research competition. The 25 students represent almost 8 percent of the 300 Intel semifinalists nationwide, making Stony Brook perhaps the largest incubator of Intel talent in the country. On Long Island, this number translates into an unprecedented 42 per cent of the 59 Intel semifinalists. Jan 21, 2009 - 3:33:24 PM
Sea ChangePBS Now, Week of January 9, 2009
A rise in sea levels isn't the only impact global warming is having on the world's oceans. A growing body of evidence suggests that climate change is also affecting ocean currents and the chemistry of the seas, with potentially catastrophic results.
Depleted OceansNew York Times, December 16, 2008
In “The Oceans’ Shifting Balance” (editorial, Dec. 11), you rightly point out the serious consequence of excess carbon dioxide on shelled animals and hard corals. But dissolving shells and coral skeletons are only the outward face of ocean acidification.
Emerging shark conservation efforts Newsday, December 14, 2008
Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to solve a real biological mystery: How do female sharks kept in captivity without males become pregnant?
Regulators Are Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the BrinkEnvironment360, December 8, 2008
The international commission charged with protecting the giant bluefin tuna is once again failing to do its job. Its recent decision to ignore scientists’ recommendations for reducing catch limits may spell doom for this magnificent – and endangered – fish.
Scientist warns about effects of storm surgesSouthampton Press, November 25, 2008
It’s no secret that the East End is prone to dangerous flooding during hurricanes and nor’easters, but determining just how much flooding can be expected during storms remains an imprecise science.
A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of FishNew York Times, November 15, 2008
I suppose you might call me a wild-fish snob. I don’t want to go into a fish market on Cape Cod and find farm-raised salmon from Chile and mussels from Prince Edward Island instead of cod, monkfish or haddock.
Snowstorms get bigger Newsday, November 13, 2008
Sledders, take heart. While average New York winter temperatures have risen and seasonal snowfall has fallen over the past century, researcher Paul Kocin has identified a potential silver lining for snow-loving Long Islanders.
One-third of world fish catch used for animal feedReuters, October 29, 2008
One-third of the world's ocean fish catch is ground up for animal feed, a potential problem for marine ecosystems and a waste of a resource that could directly nourish humans, scientists said on Wednesday.
New Director, New Directions for New York Sea Grant (SBU) New York Sea Grant (NYSG) welcomed the arrival of Dr. James W. Ammerman as its new director on October 15, 2008. Dr. Ammerman, an aquatic microbial ecologist and biogeochemist, will now lead the New York Sea Grant program which has brought millions of federal research dollars to Stony Brook University to address such vital environmental issues as brown tide, accurate storm and flooding prediction, and the dwindling of Long Islandâ€™s lobster and hard clam resources.
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Scientists: Va. shark's pup a 'virgin birth' USA Today, October 10, 2008
In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia aquarium contained no genetic material from a male.
Shark "Virgin Birth" ConfirmedNational Geographic News, October 10, 2008
A female blacktip shark in Virginia fertilized her own egg without mating with a male shark, new DNA evidence shows.
Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark (SBU) Scientists have confirmed the second-ever case of a "virgin birth" in a shark, indicating once again that female sharks can reproduce without mating and raising the possibility that many female sharks have this incredible capacity. Oct 7, 2008 - 4:48:19 PM
Algae And Temperature Drop Suspects In Mill Pond Fish KillHamptons.com, October 6, 2008
The mystery of the Mill Pond fish kill remains unsolved as Southampton Town Trustees continue their investigation this week into one of the largest environmental mishaps ever to have occurred at the 92-acre pond in recent history.
Going Green Long Island
LIW21 New York Public Television, September 24, 2008
Television’s latest local documentary, makes the case through interviews with environmental advocates, business and community leaders, and residents who are actively engaged locally to make a difference globally.
The New York Marine Sciences Consortium Founded At Event Hosted By Stony Brook University (SBU) Today representatives from 26 New York colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with expertise and interest in marine and/or coastal science convened at Stony Brook University to found the New York Marine Sciences Consortium, a collective association that will be the voice for the marine science community and contribute through research and education to reshaping the state's policies for stewardship of aquatic environments. Sep 19, 2008 - 10:04:30 AM
Don’t Worry About the Teeth, Sharks Still Need a HugNew York Times, September 14, 2008
In the nick of time, just when it seemed to make sad sense to change the name of the Great South Bay to the Great Brown Bay, it seemed a stretch to find a healthy clam or scallop harvest in the North Shore fishing fields or an iffy proposition to take a post-storm swim at the beach, Ellen Pikitch has brought her world-class Institute for Ocean Conservation Science to Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.
Go Fish: Global Warming, Tuna Fishing, Local FishingDan’s Papers, September 12, 2008
Stony Brook University began its fall marine and atmospheric sciences public lecture series last Friday evening with a talk on global warming at the Southampton campus. Professor J. Kirk Cochran, an Arctic specialist, discussed the shrinking Arctic Ocean ice cap and what it means for us.
Toxic red tide appears in baysSouthampton Press, September 10, 2008
Scientists say that a toxic species of algae known as red tide, for the color it stains the water when it blooms, has appeared on the East End in recent weeks throughout the Peconic Bay system as far east as Orient and in eastern Shinnecock Bay.
New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem (SBU) Stony Brook University announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on Long Island, New York. This world-class Institute will conduct scientific research that will provide the foundation for smarter ocean policy by increasing knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants. Aug 21, 2008 - 12:47:17 PM
Designer bottled water: It's not altruismTimes Beacon Record, September 03, 2008
Upon entering several nationally franchised, upscale coffee houses, one is struck by an appealing advertisement behind a bin of bottled water stating, "As a matter of fact, the water you drink does make a difference."
Score two for Stony Brook Newsday, September 2, 2008
Every time Stony Brook University takes another step into the big leagues, it's a good day for Long Island. So it's hard to overstate the importance of two events that will help its Southampton campus and the whole university.
Oceans of Change: Stony Brook SH Gets $4 Million to Save Sharks, SturgeonDan’s Papers, August 29, 2008
With its unique location on the shores of Shinnecock Bay, the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University has long been a leader in marine science research. Now, with the addition of $4 million from private and public grants, and $6.9 million in state funding, Stony Brook will be launching a new Institute For Ocean Conservation Science to tackle pressing threats against the marine system, and building a new Marine Science Center on the Southampton campus.
Conserving Sea is Goal for College’s New CenterThe Sag Harbor Express, August 28, 2008
The already strong School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University became even stronger on Friday when the university announced plans to establish the new Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at the Southampton campus.
A Big Step for Marine Science ResearchEast Hampton Star, August 27, 2008
The marine science program at Stony Brook Southampton received another mega-boost on Friday, when officials announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, an adjunct to the university’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, which it hopes will become a world-renowned research center in the near future.
Stony Brook Southampton Broadens Scope With Ocean Conservation InstituteHamptons.com, August 25, 2008
SUNY Stony Brook Southampton has repositioned itself on the educational map by establishing the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), a multi-million dollar endeavor to create smarter ocean policy and increased knowledge on the major threats to oceans worldwide.
Stony Brook launches marine science initiatives Newsday, August 23, 2008
Ellen Pikitch seems at home aboard the R/V Peconic, a Stony Brook University research vessel. As the pontoon makes its way across Shinnecock Bay, the marine biologist picks up a stubborn hermit crab housed in the ship's on-deck tank and carefully tries to coax it out of hiding.
New storm model better predicts floodingScience News, August 6, 2008
U.S. scientists say a newly developed storm surge model should provide more accurate predictions of flooding in the New York metropolitan area.
New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem (SBU) Stony Brook University announced the establishment of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science within its School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on Long Island, New York. This world-class Institute will conduct scientific research that will provide the foundation for smarter ocean policy by increasing knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants. Aug 21, 2008 - 10:26:00 AM
Timing Is Everything: How Vulnerable To Flooding Is New York City?ScienceDaily, August 3, 2008
A report just released in the most recent issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society offers hope that a new high-resolution storm surge modeling system developed by scientists at Stony Brook University will better be able to predict flood levels and when flooding will occur in the New York metropolitan area, information crucial to emergency managers when planning for impending storms.
Brown tide, South Shore scourge Newsday, July 6, 2008
As health officials track the algae’s progression, a research team led by Stony Brook University professor Christopher Gobler is conducting experiments to better understand how brown tide thrives and behaves.
Brown tide’s bad news is back Newsday, June 29, 2008
A massive, month’s-long bloom of algae, known as brown tide, may be disrupting the ecology of Long Island’s South Shore bays, stunting the growth of young clams and blocking light from aquatic plants that serve as crucial nurseries for marine life.
Brown tide algae reappear in Great South Bay Newsday, May 18, 2008
Brown tide, the algae that triggered the collapse of Long Island’s scallop fishery, has reappeared in the Great South Bay for the first time since 2001 and spread farther west than ever before.
Bush shifts stance on global warming Newsday, April 16, 2008
Shifting his long-held stance on global warming, President George W. Bush Wednesday laid down a new goal—the year 2025—for halting growth in greenhouse gases, but a local climate expert who last year shared a Nobel Prize said the proposal is far too vague.
US$15.9 Million State Funding for SoMAS Stony BrookThefishsite.com, April 15, 2008
SOUTHAMPTON - The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Marine Science Research Center and the student center at Stony Brook Southampton's campus will undergo significant facility upgrades thanks to a $15.9 million appropriation in New York State's 2008-2009 budget.
Stony Brook Southampton to Host Transfer Day; Adds Two New Majors (SBU) Prospective students will have two more majors to choose from at Stony Brook Southampton's Transfer Day.
On Wednesday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook Southampton admissions staff will be on hand to review college transcripts and in most cases give instant decisions as to whether students qualify to attend the new, sustainability-focused campus this spring or fall. Registration is also available on the spot that day. For further information, visit stonybrook.edu/southampton or call 631-632-5035.
Along with the B.A. in Environmental Studies major, students may now also pursue two new B.S. majors in Marine Sciences and Marine Vertebrate Biology. Jan 14, 2008 - 3:34:52 PM
Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny Details Plans to Make Southampton a Revolutionary, Green Campus (SBU) Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny has been a frequent visitor to the new Stony Brook Southampton Campus this semester, its first semester in full operation. On December 5, she met with students, faculty and staff in a town hall-style meeting, discussing how Stony Brook Southampton will become a model of environmental sustainability nationwide. On December 7, at the traditional Windmill Lighting ceremony, she signed the Talloires Declaration, a 10-point pledge signed by university presidents worldwide focused on assuring a greener future for all countries. Dec 11, 2007 - 3:03:21 PM
Stony Brook Southampton Names Darren Johnson Media Manager (SBU) Stony Brook University today named Darren Johnson Media Relations Manager for Stony Brook Southampton, the 82-acre campus with a curriculum focused on environmental sustainability, marine sciences, and the arts. Jul 16, 2007 - 12:19:24 PM
Breeding A Future of Small Fry (Albany Times-Union) (SBU) Most anglers would agree on the best way to preserve fish: Throw back the little ones. But a marine researcher at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has found that approach, magnified by commercial fishing fleets scouring the ocean, may be shrinking future generations of fish at a time when human appetites are growing. "Taking too many of the largest fish in a species can drive an evolutionary spiral toward ever-smaller fish," said David Conover, Director of the University's Marine Sciences Research Center. Apr 2, 2007 - 10:38:54 AM
Stony Brook Hosts 6th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl February 10 (SBU) The Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University will once again host 100+ students from 16 high schools across the region as they compete in the 6th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University. Jan 23, 2007 - 3:13:18 PM
Stony Brook Hosts 6th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl February 10 (SBU) The Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University will once again host 100+ students from 16 high schools across the region as they compete in the 6th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University. Jan 23, 2007 - 2:45:30 PM
Stony Brook University Completes Purchase of Former Southampton College Property (SBU) Stony Brook University today completed its purchase of the former Southampton College for $35 million, taking possession of the 82-acre property, where it plans to develop academic programs focusing on the environment and its sustainability. The purchase, hailed by East End community leaders and public officials, ushers in a new era for Stony Brook Southampton, as the campus will now be known. Oct 4, 2006 - 8:40:00 AM
Stony Brook Acquires Flowerfield Property and Confirms General Agreement on Southampton (SBU) Stony Brook University announced today two major expansion developments that will result in new jobs, serve as an important economic engine of growth for the entire region, spawn pioneering research in various areas of science and engineering, lead to the creation of new technologies and commercial products, and have a significant impact on protecting the environment and sustainability on Long Island and beyond. Nov 3, 2005 - 3:08:00 PM
Stony Brook Researchers Receive $200,000 For Studies Related To Hudson River (SBU) Researchers from Stony Brook University have been awarded three grants totaling $200,000 by the Hudson River Foundation. The awards come from the Hudson River Fund, the largest single source of funding dedicated to scientific research on the Hudson River. The Fund is administered by the Foundation, which was created in 1981 in recognition of the need for independent scientific research that would contribute to the development of sound public policy concerning the River's ecological system. May 9, 2005 - 12:05:00 PM
Stony Brook Researchers Receive $200,000 For Studies Related To Hudson River (SBU) Researchers from Stony Brook University have been awarded three grants totaling $200,000 by the Hudson River Foundation. The awards come from the Hudson River Fund, the largest single source of funding dedicated to scientific research on the Hudson River. The Fund is administered by the Foundation, which was created in 1981 in recognition of the need for independent scientific research that would contribute to the development of sound public policy concerning the River's ecological system. May 9, 2005 - 12:05:00 PM
Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Announces 2005 Fellows, Appoints New Executive Director (SBU) The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, now based at the Stanford Institute for the Environment, has announced its 2005 Leopold Leadership Fellows and appointed a new executive director. David Conover, Dean of the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University, was among only 20 Fellows selected nationwide. Mar 28, 2005 - 2:39:00 PM
Stony Brook Hosts 4th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl (SBU) When a 10-year-old British schoolgirl's knowledge of oceanography helped her save 100 people from an approaching tsunami in Phuket, Thailand, it becomes clear that science education can literally make the difference between life and death. Her heroic effort will likely be on the minds of hundreds of high school students from 17 high schools across the region as they compete in the 4th Annual Bay Scallop Bowl on Saturday, February 26 at the Student Activities Center at Stony Brook University. The event's opening remarks will be made at 8:30 AM by Stony Brook University Provost Robert McGrath and Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) Dean and Director David Conover. The competition runs all day and the winning team announced after the late afternoon rounds. Feb 9, 2005 - 4:37:00 PM
Examination Of Tsunamis To Focus On Possibility For East Coast Disaster (SBU) An examination of the causes and effects of the recent tsunami disaster in Southeast and South Asia and an exploration of the possibility for such a catastrophe on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. will feature two leading Stony Brook University professors. Teng-fong Wong, Chair of the Department of Geosciences, and Malcolm J. Bowman, a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Marine Sciences Research Center, will present "The Day Before the Day After Tomorrow: Threats and Responses to Natural Disasters," which will probe topics including whether New York could be in danger of a destructive tsunami following a major earthquake. Feb 1, 2005 - 1:23:00 PM
Stony Brook Professor Named Recipient Of Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (SBU) A Stony Brook University professor has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in academia. Nicholas Fisher, Ph.D., a Professor in the University's Marine Sciences Research Center, received a fellowship for his research relating to the biomagnification of metals in contrasting marine food chains. May 6, 2004 - 3:44:00 PM
'Children To Work Day' And 'Earthstock' Highlight Spring Events At Stony Brook (SBU) Stony Brook University-with 14,000 employees Long Island's largest single-site employer-will celebrate "National Take Our Children to Work Day" on Thursday, April 22 with a series of activities designed for children from ages 8-13. Also that day, the University will host "Earthstock," an environmental awareness day coinciding with global Earth Day, with workshops and lectures that are open to the general public. Apr 8, 2004 - 12:43:00 PM
Top High School Students Compete In "Bay Scallop" Ocean Sciences Bowl (SBU) Did you know that within the bountiful ocean there are "deserts" where only a few life forms live on the surface? You would know that if you were one of the 95 high school students from 19 high schools across the region participating in the Bay Scallop Ocean Sciences Bowl on Saturday, February 28 at the Student Activities Center of Stony Brook University. Feb 19, 2004 - 1:00:00 PM
National Park Service And Stony Brook University Sign Cooperative Agreement To Study Coastal Issues (SBU) Stony Brook and the National Park Service have entered into a long-term partnership to expand the University's role in conducting and applying research to natural and cultural resource management issues at U.S. National Parks. To enable this alliance, SBU recently joined the North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (NAC-CESU), a collaboration of federal agencies and universities that provides research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers. Nov 5, 2003 - 11:56:00 AM
Board the Barnum for Sound Science (SBU) Starting with the September 29th inaugural demonstration of a first-of-its kind observation system known as the SoundScience project, ferry passengers, the general public as well as scientists anywhere in the world can receive both instant and continuous information about the health of Long Island Sound, one of the region’s most important estuaries. Sep 24, 2003 - 4:19:00 PM
Research Projects And Performances Highlight Celebration Of Undergraduate Achievements (SBU) STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 25, 2001-A student-designed-and-built hybrid -utility vehicle, a solar-powered boat, and a performance of a Mozart Piano Concerto are just three of the highlights of Stony Brook University's 'Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements," to be held on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 at the Student Activities Center." Apr 25, 2001 - 12:00:00 PM
Cindy Lee Van Dover, Acclaimed Sea Biologist, Kicks Off Public Lecture Series (SBU) STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 29, 2001-Cindy Lee Van Dover, the nationally -known deep-sea biologist, submarine pilot, and author will be the featured speaker when the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University kicks off its Marine Biology Explorations Lecture Series next month. Jan 29, 2001 - 12:00:00 PM
$1 Million In Funding Announced For Lobster Pathology Lab At Stony Brook (SBU) STONY BROOK, N.Y. October 3, 2000-State legislators announced today the funding of $1 million for the creation and staffing of a pathology laboratory at the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) at the University at Stony Brook to study the cause of the lobster die-off in Long Island Sound, as well as other diseases plaguing local shellfish and finfish. Oct 3, 2000 - 12:00:00 PM
Brown Tide Threatens South Shore Says Marine Science Researcher (SBU) STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 29, 2000-Brown Tide, the common phrase for a nuisance algal bloom, is menacing South Shore beaches on Long Island, creating the worst problem of its kind in years, according to leading researchers at the University at Stony Brook. Jun 29, 2000 - 12:00:00 PM