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The research being conducted at SoMAS seeks to understand the way our marine, atmospheric, and terrestrial environments function; as well as the impact of human interactions with these systems. These problems all require knowledge from multiple disciplines and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences encourages interdisciplinary research. Unlike many other places, we do not have traditional departments. What we do have is a large number of faculty and students who work together to better understand our planet.


Overview

biologyOne way of understanding the research that is done here at SoMAS is to look at the traditional scientific disciplines that our faculty came from. Clicking on any of these specific disciplines will provide a list of current SoMAS faculty and their research projects that uses the knowledge from these disciplines. You’ll notice that many faculty appear under more than one discipline and that is because most modern problems require interdisciplinary knowledge.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Economics

 

Integrated Programs

SedTrapThere are several research areas that significant numbers of SoMAS faculty work on. These research themes do not cover every single research project that occurs at SoMAS but they do represent several specialty areas where SoMAS researchers have significant expertise.

  • Environmental Modeling and Prediction
  • Patterns and Impacts of Climate Change
  • Environmental Health and Contaminants
  • Conservation and Management of Marine Resources
  • Biogeochemical Transformation of Energy and Elements

 

Traditional Disciplines

netsWhile we do not have strict disciplinary boundaries at SoMAS, for many students and researchers the traditional research areas of marine, atmospheric and environmental science may be useful in understanding the research that occurs here.

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography

 

Additionally, SoMAS researchers study the local area and areas across the globe.

Below are articles related to research at SoMAS.  Click on a headline to view the complete article.

Peterson Lab Investigates Clam-Seagrass Mutualism in Panama

Diana Chin, a PhD candidate in the Peterson Lab, recently returned from a 14-week visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Bocas del Toro research station in Panama. She was investigating mutualism among chemosymbiotic clams and tropical seagrasses as part of her dissertation research, in collaboration with Smithsonian Staff Scientist Dr. Andrew Altieri and assistants Kevin Katcher and William Wied (SoMAS ‘16, B.S. Marine Sciences). Her research was supported by funding from the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP), part of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and by a STRI Short-Term Fellowship.

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-02-04

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on February 4, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: Saturday was a nice day and the plane had been repaired so I carried out another...

Worm Lab Research Discovers Crumb Rubber Contains Heavy Metals

Chemosphere, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on environmental contaminants, has published a paper from the Sustainability Studies Earthworm Ecotoxicology Lab: Pochron, S., Fiorenza, A., Sperl, C., Ledda, B., Patterson, C., Tucker, C., … & Panico, N. (2017)....

Ellen Pikitch Part of Team Studying Marine Fisheries Reform in China

From SoMAS’ Ellen Pikitch Part of Team Studying Marine Fisheries Reform in China on Stony Brook Matters, January 23, 2017 Professor Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at...

Old Inlet Breach 2017-01-15

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 30, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: We carried out a photo overflight of the breach area Sunday, January 15th, around...

SBU Mentors 21 Regeneron Finalists

Photo above: Regeneron Science Talent Search finalist Caitlin Gormley from Sayville Highschool standing with her GIS project Long Island as a region produced a total of 58 first-round prizewinners in the renamed Regeneron Science Talent Search (the competition was...

SoMAS Featured in Two Top SBU Stories for 2016

(Above) Interviewed outside the Stony Brook Southampton-based Marine Science Research Center, SoMAS Professor Chris Gobler provides insight on the algae bloom problem. From Stony Brook University's Top Stories in 2016  on the Stony Brook Newsroom Stony Brook, NY,...

SoMAS Study Uses Radar to Better Predict Shallow Cloud Coverage

Shallow convection plays a critical role in the heat and moisture transfer between the boundary layer and free atmosphere above about 2 km. However, with an average spatial scale of 0.5–1.5 km, shallow cumuli are not resolved in weather forecast and climate models,...

North Atlantic Tuna Less Toxic, SoMAS Study Finds

From "North Atlantic Tuna Less Toxic, Study Finds" on SBU Happenings, 2016-12-07 In a piece of welcome news for seafood lovers, a Stony Brook-led research team has found declining levels of mercury in bluefin tuna caught in the North Atlantic over the past...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-12-08

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on December 8, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:         I flew over the breach again today, December 8th, and there are some major...

News from the NAno-Raman Molecular Imaging Laboratory (NARMIL)

In September, we celebrated the first anniversary of Ms. Tanya Zaliznyak joining the SoMAS staff and taking the helm at NARMIL.  Her first year has been filled with exciting accomplishments demonstrating that this facility is reaching its scientific potential. We’d...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-10-06

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 6, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report regarding the status of the breach:   As mentioned in earlier notes, the western side...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-09-08

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 8, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Dr. Charles Flagg released the following report on the status of the breach as we approach the four-year anniversary of...

Updates from the Shinnecock Restoration Program

The ShiRP 2016 trawling season is almost over and we would like to thank all the great volunteers we have had this season. A special thanks goes to the Saint Joseph College and Stony Brook University Undergraduate students who volunteered their time this summer to...

SoMAS Graduate Student Helps Develop Tool to Constrain Silicon Cycle

Our understanding of the global silicon (Si) cycle has changed progressively over the past several decades. In the late 1970’s, the silica (SiO2) produced by weathering on the continents and delivered in dissolved form from the world’s rivers to the ocean was thought...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-08-05

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 5, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-06-30

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 30, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By clicking...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-06-01

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 1, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: Another set of aerial photos and a video mosaic were taken today around 9:30 AM during...

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