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Research Activity

  • Seepage and Nitrogen Inputs to Manhasset, Huntington and Great South Bays in collaboration with the USGS (Woods Hole) (Ruth Coffey, Ph.D. student)
  • Groundwater links between land use and surface waters (R. Coffey, Ph.D. student)
  • Groundwater coastline typology (T. Pick, Ph.D. student)
  • Denitrification in Long Island’s aquifer (Caitlin Young, Ph.D. student)
  • Origin of Calverton Ponds (Tao Zhang, MS student)
  • Defining and describing the Brookhaven Landfill Plume (Paul Barusich, MS student)
  • Defining and describing a plume of PCE, TCE etc. in Glenwood Landing (Anthony Caniano, MS Student)
  • Aquifer stratigraphy in Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station (Patrick Criscuola, MS Student)
  • Effects of acid rain on pH of soil with depth in the Dwarf Pine Plains (Pushpa Jha, MS student)
  • Fate of nitrogen in a shallow aquifer (Fang Liu)
  • Geothermal Systems (Deb Engelhardt, MS Student)
  • Groundwater Hydraulics in the Peconics (Jonathan Wanless, MS Student)
  • Hydrologic studies of the Forge River watershed (3 MSRC students)

Publications

Publications, reports, and presentations at professional meetings

Bokuniewicz, H., J. K. Cochran, and J. Garcia Orellana 2010. The Elusiveness of SubmarineGroundwater Discharge. AGU Ocean Sciences, Portland Oregon 22-26 February 2010:  Invited paper.

Bokuniewicz, H.J. 2009.  Developing new, global typologies for data in the coastal zone.  Christian Albrechts Universitat zu Kiel, Germany 18 March.  Invited presentation.

Bokuniewicz, H., R. Coffey and M. Charette 2009. Character of submarine groundwater discharge around islands. AGU San Francisco, 14 December:  invited paper.

Bratton, J., J. Crusius, K. Kroeger, C. Schubert, R. Coffey, H. Bokuniewicz  2009. Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Great South Bay from Fire Island and Long Island, New York Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland Oregon, October 18-21

Bratton, J., J. Crusius, K. Kroeger, C. Schubert, R. Coffey, H. Bokuniewicz  2009. Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Great South Bay from Fire Island and Long Island, Fire Island National Seashore 7th Biennial Science Meeting, 11-12 May.

Cochran, J.K., J. Garcia-Orellana, H. Bokuniewicz, C. Heilbrun, V. Rodellas   2010. Radium-224 as an Indicator of Submarine Groundwater Discharge in an Urban Sea- Long Island Sound

Garcia-Orellana J., J. K. Cochran, H. Bokuniewicz, S. Yang, A. Beck 2009.  Time-series sampling of 223Ra and 224Ra at the inlet to Great South Bay (New York): A strategy for characterizing the dominant terms in the Ra budget of the bay.  Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, in press.

Pick, T., and R.Coffey 2009. Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Manhasset Bay Sixteenth Conference on the Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York” Stony Brook University, March 28.

Rapaglia J., Nassos H. Bokuniewicz and T. Pick, 2010. Forecasting salt-water intrusion into coastal aquifers due to climate change. ASCE conference in Rhode Island, USA, May 16-20

Truhlar, A., J. LaBold,  E. Larangot  2009.Submarine Groundwater Discharge at Watch Hill, Fire Island, New York, Field Report. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University

Young, C. 2009 Denitrification Study- Progress Report. SUNY Stony Brook, Geosciences Department

Young, C. and G.N. Hanson 2009. Evaluating nitrogen loss in Suffolk County Groundwater: Denitrification in Northport Public Supply wells. Sixteenth Conference on the Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York” Stony Brook University, March 28.

Young, C. and G.N. Hanson 2009. Denitrification in Long Island’s Aquifer, Fourteenth
Pine Barrens Research Forum.  1 October.

Zhang, S. and G.N. Hanson.  2009. Origin of Atlantic Coastal Plain Ponds in New York and New Jersey Sixteenth Conference on the Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York” Stony Brook University, March 28


Professional Services

  • The Advisory Council met 9 times.  Minutes from all meetings are available.
  • Organizer:  Scientific Lawn Care Symposium, March 30, 2009 at Molloy College, Suffolk Center
  • We co-sponsored the 14th Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum in October (October 1-2, 2009).  The focus was on “Laying a Foundation for Policy Through Research”.

Institute faculty served on the following technical and advisory committees

  • Pine Barrens Technical Advisory Committee
  • Board of the Foundation for Ecological Research in the Northeast
  • Committee for Open-Space Acquisitions, Town of Brookhaven
  • Committee for Coastal Groundwater of the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans
  • Education Committee for the Long Island Water Conference
  • Scholarship Committee, New York Section, American Water Works Association
  • Science Board for Jamaica Bay, National Park Service
  • Technical Advisory Committee for the Suffolk County Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan
  • Scientific Advisory Group to the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Council
  • EPA STAR proposal panel for the effects of climate change on water resources

Education and Outreach

  • Internships for a Geosciences student, Shumei Wang, with the EPA, and Dr Mahajan’s design student Courtney Cannon, Anna Gromadzka, and Paul Modelewski with the Suffolk County Water Authority.
  • The August Guerrera Award and a cash prize of $1,000 are presented each year to a graduate student to encourage the study of groundwater hydrology and chemistry on Long Island.  The recipient in 2009 was Ruth Coffey.  She is a PhD student at Stony Brook University studying seepage and nitrogen inputs to Manhasset, Huntington and Great South Bays in collaboration with the USGS (Woods Hole).    
  • Workshop, Advanced Tools for In-Situ Remediation Workshop, April 16, 2009 (Albany, NY)
  • EPA Star Workshop, Washington DC, September 23-25, 2009
  • On-line, graduate course in Long Island Groundwater was offered through the University’s School of Professional Development.  Eighteen students, mostly teachers, completed the course.  This brings the total number of students for this course to 84.
  • Educational sessions at Abbey Lane School (Levittown), Signal Hill Elementary School (Half Hollow Hills District), Burr Intermediate School (Commack), and Cub Scout Pack number 326, Accompsett Elementary School (Smithtown)  – – per Ken Wenz.
  • Public Lecture:  Global Warming and Climate Change on Long Island” Science Club of Long Island, Oleg Dei (President), Middle Country Library, February 29, 2009.
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