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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.

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...

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...

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