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Take a virtual tour of the marine station at Southampton!

Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is on the forefront of marine research on the east end of Long Island with its new 15,000-square foot, two-story Marine Sciences Center located on its Southampton campus.  Already home to cutting edge and internationally recognized research on harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, seagrasses, shellfish, and ocean acoustics, this new facility has greatly expand the research capabilities of SoMAS in Southampton.  These expanded abilities ultimately benefit Long Island and its coastal ecosystems as a majority of the research in Southampton focuses on our local bays, harbors, and estuaries.

The central feature of the new facility is a computerized, state-of the-art 2,500-square-foot indoor seawater lab, which is capable of supplying three different seawater scenarios; ambient, temperature control and a closed recirculation system.  The ambient seawater line allows researchers to mimic the seasonal temperature changes of Shinnecock Bay by pulling water directly from the bay to supply various research tanks.  With temperatures fluctuating between approximately 1°C during the winter and 26°C in the summer, a temperature control line is able to instantly heat or chill incoming water to any temperature desired by a researcher.  For research requiring very specific water quality parameters, the closed recirculation system allows for greater control of not only temperature, but salinity and various other aspects of the water chemistry.

In addition to this impressive indoor wet lab, the Marine Sciences Center has an additional 2,400 sq. ft. of outdoor wet lab space that can accommodate larger experimental chambers or those experiments that would benefit from a natural sunlight cycle.

Research and education go hand in hand at the Marine Sciences Center.  A classroom, analytical lab, and a prep lab that supports two teaching laboratories not only enhance one of the nation’s top ranked marine science graduate programs, but strengthens the increased growth of Stony Brook Southampton’s undergraduate Semester by the Sea program.  A large entrance lobby, hallway with a view of the wet lab and conference room allow Stony Brook Southampton to bring awareness of our marine environment to the local community through lectures, tours, and trips aboard our research vessels.

To keep with Stony Brook Southampton’s environmental mission, the Marine Sciences Center was constructed with many “green” features.  Sustainable design innovations such as energy recovery of ventilation air, day lighting of all normally occupied spaces, a low static pressure ductwork system, high-efficiency lighting and a super-insulated exterior wall assembly all work together to bring a silver LEED rating to the Marine Sciences Center.

The Marine Sciences Center is also home to a fleet of research vessels including the R/V Paumanok, a 44-foot ocean-going vessel used for coastal research, the R/V Shinnecock, a 35-foot platform craft used for sampling local bays and estuaries and the R/V Peconic, a 45-foot catamaran, houseboat-style vessel for operation in protected bays and rivers.  Many small, outboard crafts equipped with winches, davits and metering wheels for sampling instruments such as oxygen analyzers, CTD-probes, and trawls.





Take a tour of the new Marine Science Center by visiting our galleries page.

For questions related to the Southampton Marine Sciences Center, please contact

8 Little Neck Rd
Southampton, NY 11968-6700

Prospective Stony Brook students: To arrange a tour the Southampton Marine Sciences Center & dorms and discuss the SoMAS-Southampton academic program, contact:

Courtney Ferland
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968-6700
Ph: 631-632-5046



News articles related to the Marine Station and Marine Sciences Center are listed below:

Beyond the Expected: An Interview with Stony Brook’s Naturalist

From Beyond the Expected: An Interview with Stony Brook’s Naturalist on Stony Brook University News, September 11, 2020 Christopher Paparo has been exploring the wilds of Long Island’s marine estuaries for over 30 years, and in this episode of “Beyond the Expected,”...

SoMAS Student Athlete Champions Environment throughout Campus

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — From a young age, Jessica Salmon attended family reunions in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. And a passion for marine biology was born. "I just fell in love with the water," Salmon said. "And I know it sounds cliché, but that was the time my...

Stony Brook Experts Featured on Kids’ Game Show

From Stony Brook Experts Featured on Kids’ Game Show on Stony Brook University News, June 3, 2020. Several of Stony Brook’s “know-it-alls” are being tested on their expertise — by kids. The Disney+ channel recently launched a streaming educational kids’ show, The Big...

SoMAS MCP Program Prepares Grad for Influencer Role

Photo above: Alan Alda, center, with Rachael Coccia, left, and her graduate advisor Kate Fullam. From Master’s Program Prepares Grad for Influencer Role by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook University News, May 27, 2020. Helping to clear our shores of unsightly and...

Celebrating the Top Stories of the Decade

As 2019 draws to a close, so does another decade of Making Scientific Research Count.  The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences accomplished much in the years between 2010 and 2019, recording $82 million in research expenditures, and over 1,300 degree...

Stony Brook Southampton Volunteers Clean Up Warner Island

Many thanks to Semester by the Sea Faculty Director Kurt Bretsch for organizing the Warner Island Beach Cleanup, as part of Stony Brook University's contribution to the Town of Southampton's Great East End Clean Up event. This year's group was a smaller yet...

SoMAS Makes a Splash with Best College for Marine Biology Ranking

From Stony Brook Makes a Splash with Best College for Marine Biology Ranking on Stony Brook News by Amelia Camurati on November 20, 2018 College Magazine has ranked Stony Brook University fourth on its list of “The 10 Best Colleges for Marine Biology,” the only...

Stony Brook University Achieves Highest-Ever US News Ranking

From Stony Brook Achieves Highest-Ever US News Ranking on Stony Brook News on September 10, 2018 Stony Brook University has been ranked No. 80 among U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking in the university’s history and up...

Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Warner Island Is a Success

From Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Warner Island Is a Success on SBU Happenings, April 25, 2018 Students, faculty and staff from Stony Brook Southampton and the Stony Brook main campus celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 with the annual Beach Clean Up at Warner...

Osprey Return to Southampton Campus

The weather forecast may say winter, but nature says it is spring! Our male osprey has returned to his nest located at the Marine Sciences Center at Stony Brook Southampton.  Arriving from his winter home in South America, he will do some spring cleaning of the nest,...

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