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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.

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-08-14

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 14, 2017.  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...

SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries

Photo above: The sloop Clearwater sails on the Hudson River. From SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries on Stony Brook Matters, July 18th 2017 Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-07-16

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on July 16, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report:   A breach flight yesterday revealed some interesting changes from just a month...

Governor Cuomo Takes Hands-On Approach to Support Water Quality

Pictured above, from Left to Right: Governor Cuomo, Prof. Gobler, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, County Executive Steve Bellone and  Assemblyman Steve Englebright. From the Stony Brook University Capitols and Communities Newsletter, June 28, 2017. Governor Andrew Cuomo has...

Congressman Paul Tonko Tours SBU Water Quality Research Labs

Pictured above: Congressman Paul Tonko (fourth from right) tours Dr. Laura Wehermann's lab in SoMAS along with Center for Clean Water Technology staff.  From the Stony Brook University Capitols and Communities Newsletter, June 28, 2017. On June 6, Congressman Paul...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-06-11

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 11, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg's latest report on the status of the breach is now online.  He notes, among other details, that "there has been a lot...

SoMAS Professor is Advancing Nobel Prize-Winning Science

From the RFSUNY Annual Report 2016 Dr. Edmund Chang, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Institute of Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University and coleader of a NOAA task force,  investigates...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-05-10

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on May 10, 2017.  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...

SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years.  This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...

SoMAS Undergraduates Participate in URECA Festival

The UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES (URECA) program, founded in 1987, awards research funding and travel grants to undergraduates, and is a central point of contact for students and faculty engaged in research and creative endeavors. URECA helps bring...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-04-09

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on April 9, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: Sunday April 9th was a clear and low wind day and perfect for another aerial photo run...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-03-13

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:  Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that we've had flyable weather so I...

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...

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