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Research

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 2016-05-11

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on May 11, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: The flight took place just after low tide in the bay, ~8:40AM EDT May 11th, so many of...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-04-13

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on April 13, 2016.  The flyover mosaic is available below.   Dr. Flagg provided the following comments Low tide at Bellport was at 11:18 AM while the flight was around noon so many...

Old Inlet Flyover 2016-03-08

Dr. Charles Flagg, with pilot Rich Giannotti, took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on March 8, 2016. Dr. Flagg provided the following report: The flight took place near high tide but the water was clearer than during the last couple of...

Wen Cong, URECA Researcher of the Month – February 2016

From Wen Cong, URECA Researcher of the Month, February 2016 Marine Sciences major, Class of 2016 Research Mentor: Dr.Qingzhi Zhu, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences   “I am very lucky to have Dr. Zhu as my mentor,” reflects Wen Cong, a Marine Sciences...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2016-01-31

January 6, 2016 Flight January 31, 2016 Flight Dr. Charles Flagg took flights over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on January 6, 2016 and January 31, 2016.  Due to technical issues with the capture, a full mosaic image from the January 6th flight is not...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2015-12-05

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on December 5, 2015.  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 2015-10-26

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 26, 2015.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg also provided this report: We did another overflight on Monday, Oct 26th, and one of the oblique photos and the...

Study Shows Hypoxia and Dispersed Oil May Increase Fish Mortality

From “Study Shows Hypoxia and Dispersed Oil May Increase Fish Mortality” from Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Scientists conducted experiments to determine the effects of hypoxia (reduced oxygen conditions), a seasonal occurrence in the northern...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2015-10-07

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on October 7, 2015 and had the following to report: October Update After the stormy period of early October it was expected that there would be changes at the Old Inlet breach.  And that has been...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2015-08-28

Dr. Charles Flagg conducted another flyover of the Breach at Old Inlet on August 28, 2015. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By clicking between images and using the fade in-out button...

Update on the Old Inlet Breach and Great South Bay

As those who have ventured over to the Old Inlet breach recently have undoubtedly noted, there have been major changes in the breach over the past few months. Charles N. Flagg, Roger Flood, Robert Wilson and Claudia Hinrichs at the School of Marine and Atmospheric...

SoMAS research addresses “Sharknado Studies”

The third “Sharknado” film premiers tonight on the SyFy channel, and early reviews suggest a similar level of insanity as has been present in the past two films.  While the film suspends belief in as many scenes as possible, there is some accuracy in the...

SBU Scientist Returns to Blog from Bahamian Shark Expedition

Demian Chapman, an associate professor in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and SBU graduate student Mark Bond are leading a scientific research expedition in the Bahamian Shark Sanctuary. The team is conducting groundbreaking...

Gobler Lab Set To Launch Georgica Pond Research Project

Toxic algae blooms are among the most serious health risks in East Hampton pond From Lauren Sheprow at the Stony Brook Newsroom EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., May 20, 2015 – Stony Brook University has partnered with a group of homeowners from the Georgica Pond community,...

URECA Researchers of the Month May 2015

From May 2015 URECA Researchers of the Month Here are some of the graduating seniors we will miss. …We wish them all well with their future endeavors and pursuits! Michael Colbert – Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Major – Research Mentor: Dr....

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2015-03-29

Dr. Charles Flagg took a flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on March 29, 2015. The photomosaic 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 between images and...
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