Eyewitness to Climate Chaos - Anatomy of a Tornado
ABC 7 NYC, May 1, 2013
Meteorologist Jeff Smith, of Channel 7 Eyewitness News, interviews SBU’s Kelly Lombardo on the anatomy of a tornado.
Members of the SoMAS Community are featured in numerous features, clips and articles from a variety of news sources.
Sturgeon's plight stokes conservation row
AFP, 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.
No lifeline for species on brink
AP, March 19, 2010
Forum rejects request to ban export of bluefin tuna and international sale of polar bear skin, parts
Conservationists say demand for caviar pushing beluga, other sturgeon to brink of extinction
Canadian Business, March 18, 2010
Relentless consumer appetite for caviar is pushing sturgeon such as the highly prized beluga to the brink of extinction,a leading conservation group said Thursday.
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 coming
Futurity, March 18, 2010
Reducing adult mortality of beluga sturgeon would be more effective than hatchery supplementation in easing a worldwide shortage of caviar.
Mount Sinai High School team wins Bay Scallop Bowl
Newsday, March 16, 2009
The team will compete next month against 24 teams nationwide at the 2010 National Ocean Science Bowl Finals in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Pushing for Sea Changes
Living 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 Scrutiny
IPS, 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 Slaughter
Dot 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 tuna
The 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 ban
Capital 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 Tuna
Voice 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 Tuna
Environment360, 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.
Can We Save the Tastiest Fish in the Sea?
Discovery News, March 4, 2010
Bluefin tuna are delicious. Whether raw or seared, their deep red, yet light-tasting meat is magic on the tongue.
Conservationists say strict fishing rules work
Newsday, 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.
Clams’ Thin Shells Spell Trouble
East Hampton Star, February 18, 2010
Questions raised about town’s mariculture program and global warming.
Shark pups born to virgin mothers can survive long-term
One India, January 26, 2010
New research has revealed that shark pups born to virgin mothers can survive over the long-term.
Study: Survival rates high for sharks born to virgin moms
USA Today, January 26, 2010
Being born of a virgin doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a long life – at least if you’re a shark.
Fatherless shark pups can survive over long term
Washington Post, January 25, 2010
Shark offspring born to virgin mothers can survive over the long term, according to a new study published Monday.
Sharks Have No Baby Daddy
NBC Chicago, January 25, 2010
Virgin female shark gave birth to two babies
Virgin Shark Birth Pups Living Long, Healthy Lives
Discovery 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 term
Science 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 us
Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2010
The Obama administration's plan for the Columbia Basin doesn't go nearly far enough.
Health of our oceans calls for a unified national policy
Newsday, January 13, 2010
I grew up a Brooklyn boy, drawn to my coastline from the very start. Out with my dad on the boats of Sheepshead Bay.
10 Things Gourmet Grocers Won't Tell You
SmartMoney, January 11, 2010
Caviar is typically associated with high-end food, but during the past decade it’s been at the center of certain types of frauds.
Students earn credit while helping marine mission at Riverhead Foundation
27East, January 4, 2010
James Sullivan scuttled from tank to tank one recent Wednesday morning in the Riverhead Foundation’s sea animal and marine mammal hospital, checking to make sure that all the pumps and filters were working.
DNA Helps Scientists Trace Shark Fins
Marine Science Today, December 31, 2009
Groundbreaking new DNA research has, for the first time, traced scalloped hammerhead shark fins from the burgeoning Hong Kong market all the way back to the sharks’ geographic origin.
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.
Climate change endangers shellfish
Tampa Bay Tribune, December 13, 2009
A Native American name for Long Island, Sewanhacky, meant "Island of Shells."
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 Populations
US 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.
Researchers Track Hammerhead Shark Fins To Source Using DNA Barcodes
Genomeweb.com, December 1, 2009
Scientists used mitochondrial DNA barcodes to trace scalloped hammerhead shark fins found at a Hong Kong market back to geographical areas around the world, including western Atlantic regions where the shark is considered endangered.
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 hammer
New 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.
L.I. Harvests May Signal a Comeback for Scallops
New York Times, November 11, 2009
Bone-tired but grinning, Peter Wenczel and his son Ben eased their 26-foot work boat toward the dock here one recent afternoon, its deck piled high with bags of scallops.
Climate change threat to shellfish
Albany 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.
Chemical tag to identify black-market caviar
New Scientist, October 30, 2009
A new method of "tagging" farmed caviar could undermine the black market for illegally fished sturgeon and help save the species from extinction.
Ocean Acidification May Contribute To Global Shellfish Decline
Consortium 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’s Effects Documented in New Study of Shellfish
Environment 360, October 27, 2009
Relatively small increases in ocean acidity significantly harm clams, bay scallops, and oysters, particularly in their crucial larval stage, according to a new study.
Ocean acidity may cause shellfish decline
UPI, October 27, 2009
U.S. scientists say they have discovered ocean acidification might be contributing to global shellfish declines.
East Hampton Village Beach serves as focus of new conclusions on rip tides
East 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.
Destructive algae bloomed throughout the Peconics this summer
Riverhead News Review, October 15, 2009
Red tide newest seasonal resident to North Fork
Study may lead to rip current forecasts
UPI.com, October 13, 2009
A U.S. study has found rip currents pose a greater risk to swimmers than to shorelines.
Int'l Task Force Developing Smart Mgt. Plans for Forage Fish, a Growing Target of Commercial Fisher
Innovations Report, October 12, 2009
The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force will meet from October 12-14 in Portland, ME to continue developing critical management recommendations for “forage fish,” small prey fish like sardines, anchovies and menhaden that are caught by commercial fisheries on a massive scale, almost always without consideration of their essential role in oceanic food webs.
Endangered Bluefin Tuna
New York Times, September 26, 2009
Japan’s prices and policies are the global driver that is needlessly destroying a once-abundant species for a few decades’ profit.
New York City Braces for Risk of Higher Seas
Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2009
With Ocean Levels Rising, Coastal Cities Assess Computer Forecasts as They Weigh Future Costs, Exposure and Dangers
Toxic 'red tide' returns to East End bays
East 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 team studying oxygen depletion in Sound
Newsday, September 7, 2009
With a clank and a whirring of gears, a metal frame loaded with water-sampling equipment swung out over the side of the R/V Seawolf, then slowly lowered into Long Island Sound.
Stony Brook Teams Up With Atlantis Marine World
Traveler Watchman, September 2, 2009
Stony Brook University is taking a walk on the wet and wild side.
Deep Sea Docs Get Backup
Long Island Press, August 27, 2009
L.I.’s Oceanic Wildlife Protectors Partner With SBU
Scientists Shed New Light on Behavior of Shark "Tweens" and Teenagers
US News and World Report, August 26, 2009
Study may prove useful in conservation efforts for over-fished sharks
Stony Brook University announces partnership with Riverhead Foundation, Atlantis Marine World
The Southampton Press, August 26, 2009
Tagging a sea turtle or feeding a bottlenose dolphin are not activities that marine science students can do in a classroom.
Stony Brook Announces Partnership With Local Marine Institutions
NorthFork.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 up
WSHU 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.
NYC's Rockaway Beach closed after 6 drownings
Newsday, 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.
Rockaways' currents can be deadly if not treated with caution
NY Daily News, August 18, 2009
Powerful waves. A shifting sand bar. Deadly rip currents. The Rockaways have them all - making its waters the most treacherous in the city, experts say.
Lone Parents: Parthenogenesis in Sharks
BioScience, 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 Point
Wired 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.
Colder climate tied to longer animal lives
MSNBC.com, July 27, 2009
Findings may have implications for cold-blooded species in warming world.
Cold-blooded critters in hot water: Could global warming shorten the life spans of some animals?
ScientificAmerican.com, July 27, 2009
Spanish pearl mussels don’t usually make it into their 30s. The same species bathing in Russia, however, can live for nearly 200 years.
Brown tide comeback but not in local bays
Suffolk Times, July 23, 2009
Algal blooms noted along South Shore
New data shows persistence of L.I. Sound 'dead zone'
WSHU News, July 23, 2009
Long Island Sound's dead zone--a low oxygen area that appears each summer--has been around for decades. The condition is called hypoxia, and it can cause large fish die-offs.
When a Shark Is More Gum Than Bite
NYTimes.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.
Dead N.Y. basking shark will be studied
UPI, July 15, 2009
An enormous, 26-foot basking shark that startled onlookers by washing up alive on a New York
beach will be studied, officials say.
Researchers eye shark washed ashore at Gilgo Beach
Newsday, 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.
Stony Brook Students Say: Let Bivalves Be Bivalves
Dan's Papers, July 3, 2009
"Damaging nutrients." Now there's an oxymoron. But the fact is, what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander.
Scientists: Dolphins' local swim a good sign for LI
Newsday, 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 decomposers
Long 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.
Go Green!: Protecting New York City from being Flooded - What we can learn from the Dutch Experience?
NY400 Blog, June 23, 2009
At some time in the future, New York City will inevitably be struck by an extreme hurricane or winter norÕeaster that will lead to significant damage to infrastructure including power, communications, water and sewage systems, hospitals, schools, industries, commercial activities, transportation systems, buildings and homes.
Climate Change Report: Warming Causes Rain
ABC World News Webcast, June 22, 2009
U.S. goverment says extreme weather and global warming linked
The Seafood Eater's Latest Conundrum
New 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.
Hurricane barriers floated to keep sea out of NYC
The Guardian, June 2, 2009
When experts sketch out nightmare hurricane scenarios, a New York strike tends to be high on the list.
Icelandic Cod in Treacherous Waters
ScienceNOW 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.
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.
Guardian of the Fish With the Golden Eggs
New York Times, April 19, 2009
Dr. Phaedra Doukakis is on a mission to protect the sturgeon, a fish particularly vulnerable because its eggs are used to make caviar.
Bringing fish back up to size
Science News For Kids, March 24, 2009
Anyone who has ever gone fishing probably knows this general rule: Keep the big ones, throw the smaller ones back.
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.
Commercial fishing creates smaller fish, according to study
Portland Press Herald, March 4, 2009
Commercial fishing might be causing genetic changes in the fish that swim in the ocean, making them smaller and less fertile.
Fish shrinkage reversible, but better hurry
Science News, March 4, 2009
People can reverse evolution when it comes to the effects of fishing on sea creatures, researchers say. Just don't hold your breath.
Slow Recovery for Shrinking Fish
Scientific 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 evolution
Boston 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.
Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live
New 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 Surface
New 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.
New Bahamas Reserve Protects Marine Life From Development
Washington Post, January 23, 2009
The Bahamas government has created a marine reserve off the island of North Bimini, preserving critical mangrove habitat and a shark nursery that had come under threat from a resort there.
PBS 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.
New 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 Brink
Environment360, 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 surges
Southampton 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 Fish
New 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 feed
Reuters, 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.
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" Confirmed
National 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.
Ocean "Crisis" Discussed At Stony Brook
Dan’s Papers, October 10, 2008
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the adage "there are plenty of fish in the sea," is up for a challenge.
Algae And Temperature Drop Suspects In Mill Pond Fish Kill
Hamptons.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.
Don’t Worry About the Teeth, Sharks Still Need a Hug
New 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 Fishing
Dan’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 bays
Southampton 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.
Designer bottled water: It's not altruism
Times 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."
Brown Tide affects Long Island’s Marine Ecosystem
I Fish NY, Fall 2008
Brown tide is the name given to describe the discoloration of New York bay waters which occurs due to the over growth of the microalgae, Aureococcus anophagefferens.
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, Sturgeon
Dan’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 Center
The 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 Research
East 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 Institute
Hamptons.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.
Stony Brook Southampton to host world-class oceanographic institute
Southampton Press, August 22, 2008
Stony Brook University, including its Southampton campus, is the new home of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
New storm model better predicts flooding
Science 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.
An urban marsh’s unfinished saga
The Christian Science Monitor, August 5, 2008
New York’s Jamaica Bay serves as a microcosm for the world’s wetland woes.
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.
Swimmers wonder if jellyfish in Hudson were to blame in triathlon death
New York Daily News, July 20, 2008
A 32-year-old man died in the Hudson River Sunday while competing in the New York City Triathlon - and some of his fellow swimmers wondered if jellyfish stings were to blame.
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 Brook
Thefishsite.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.