SoMAS Student Spending Summer with the Sharks

SoMAS Student Spending Summer with the Sharks

Picture above:  SoMAS PhD student Lisa Crawford, fishing for sharks!  Photo by Charles Witek. We caught up with Stony Brook University Graduate Student Lisa Crawford during a busy summer field season, and she shared some of her summer adventures with us. Who are you? ...
SoMAS Convocation 2019

SoMAS Convocation 2019

Photo above: Dean Shepson welcomes the Class of 2019 at the SoMAS Convocation. Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Center for Leadership and Service. Students gathered with their friends and family...
Two SoMAS Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY

Two SoMAS Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY

Photo above: New York Bight Whale Monitoring Program. Property of NYSDEC and the aerial survey contractor, Tetra Tech From Two SBU Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY on Stony Brook News, February 6, 2019. Nearly $570,000 in ocean research...
SoMAS MCP Students Spend Winter at Cape Eleuthera

SoMAS MCP Students Spend Winter at Cape Eleuthera

Photo above: Marine Conservation and Policy Students at Cape Eleuthera Institute during a two-week field research class in Eleuthera Over Winter Break, Marine Conservation and Policy students participated in a field course held in collaboration with The Cape Eleuthera...
Retrospective Banquet 2017

Retrospective Banquet 2017

Interim Dean Larry Swanson thanks everyone who joined us at our Retrospective Event: This wonderful event brought us all together to reminisce, reflect, and look hopefully to the future.” Many thanks to our colleagues who helped put the evening together. They...
SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries

SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries

Photo above: The sloop Clearwater sails on the Hudson River. From SoMAS Professors Share Expertise and Advocacy on Hudson Fisheries on Stony Brook Matters, July 18th 2017 Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public...
Tyler Abruzzo (MS, 2015)

Tyler Abruzzo (MS, 2015)

In 2015, Tyler Rose Abruzzo became the first student to graduate from the combined BS and MS program at SoMAS, a program designed to allow high achieving undergraduates to use up to 12 credits of course work towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. For her Master’s thesis, Tyler studied the temporal and spatial dynamics of the finfish and macro-invertebrate community in the Peconic Bay Estuary under the joint direction of Professors Dr. Robert Cerrato and Dr. Michael Frisk. She was also involved in sampling finfish, macro-invertebrates and sediment in the Great South Bay and Mill Neck Creek. According to Tyler, “My experiences and field work at SoMAS have been not only knowledgeable but fun and unforgettable. My professors and peers have left a lasting impression on me.”

Tyler went directly from graduating at Stony Brook to her new position as a Staff Scientist at H2M Architects & Engineers, where she will be working on delineating wetlands throughout Long Island for construction projects as a consultant. She will also be acquiring environmental permits for clients for proposed construction work, as well as working with Townships for project approval. According to Tyler, “my degree at Stony Brook gave me a broad background in general ecology, therefore I was able to find a company that will help start my career as a biological environmental consultant.”

Her advice to other students is to take advantage of the integrated BS/MS program at SoMAS and to take classes that might be outside your comfort zone to gain knowledge on other subjects. She says “You’ll never know what type of experience/knowledge an employer might be looking for. Therefore, the more knowledge you have about different subjects and the more field techniques you learn will better your chances of landing a job. She describes the experience of the BS and MS program as being ”…a smooth transition from being an undergraduate to a graduate. I knew most of the faculty and their research at SoMAS from my undergraduate classes which made finding an adviser who would support the type of research I wanted to do for my Masters much easier.”

SoMAS alum Christopher Martinez featured in SBU Magazine

SoMAS alum Christopher Martinez featured in SBU Magazine

Turner Fellowship Leads to Sea Change for West Coast Student BY JOANNE MORICI Christopher Martinez may be a marine biologist from California, but he didn’t grow up near the ocean. Visalia, his hometown, is a small farming city in the San Joaquin Valley. His family of...
Brian Gallagher (BS, 2013)

Brian Gallagher (BS, 2013)

Throughout my (still ongoing) education and career in aquatic ecology, I have developed a strong interest in how human impacts such as climate change, harvest, and contaminants influence the ecology and evolution of fishes. My four years as a Marine Vertebrate Biology...
SoMAS Student Receives NMFS – Sea Grant Fellowship

SoMAS Student Receives NMFS – Sea Grant Fellowship

SoMAS graduate student Skyler Sagarese has been selected as a recipient of a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Sea Grant Joint Fellowship in Population Dynamics. This award resulted from a national competition designed to attract students with...
Carolyn Hall (MS, 2009)

Carolyn Hall (MS, 2009)

From “For Carolyn Hall ’09, Mixing Science and the Arts is a Thrilling Dance” on Stony Brook News by Elliot Olshansky on April 15, 2019 Early on in her training as a dancer, Carolyn Hall ’09 had to learn to be able to pivot quickly. Who knew it would have...

2007 MSRC Student Recruitment Weekend a Success!

MSRC students, faculty and staff came together this past weekend, March 23-25, to host the 2007 Student Recruitment Weekend and welcome prospective graduate students to the program. Friday morning, over 20 prospective students arrived on campus from all around the...

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