Photo above: Professor Gordon Taylor in his lab.

From NSF Supports Marine Science and Chemistry Educational Research Programs on Stony Brook News on April 12, 2019 by Greg Filiano

STONY BROOK, NY, April 12, 2019 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) $434,000 to advance research that will help scientists understand the global carbon cycle in the ocean. The NSF grant, effective April 1, 2019, provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in the research and gain additional educational and work experience.

Under the direction of Gordon Taylor, the NSF grant to SoMAS is for a project titled “Collaborative Research: Transforming Carbon in the Deep Sea.” Researchers will explore microbial communities and remineralization processes that transform carbon in the deep sea. Using newly-designed deep-sea incubators deployed off the east coast of the United States, they will be able to identify the organisms involved in the decay processes and rates at which changes occur at the single-cell level. Results will shed light on these understudied biological phenomena and contribute to an improved understanding of the global carbon cycle.

The award also supports graduate and undergraduate student education through partnerships with Old Dominion University, the Virginia Aquarium and National Ocean Sciences Bowl to increase ocean science literacy. For more about the award, see this link.

This award was also covered by Jill Ryan on NPR Morning Edition on April 15, 2019


About The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is a leader in marine, atmospheric and sustainability research; education; public service; and is SUNY’s designated center for the marine sciences. The School is among the leading oceanography and atmospheric sciences institutions in the world, providing students with access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, shipboard experiences, high-powered radar and computing facilities. SoMAS provides expanded study opportunities in the fields of ocean conservation, climate change and extreme weather, sustainability, waste management, marine fisheries and resources, and many others.

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