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Team of Researchers Find Evidence of Fire in Antarctic Ice
Concentrations of CO isotopes reveal surprising pattern of biomass burning in the Southern Hemisphere over the past 650 years.

First Multi-year Nearshore Survey of Antarctic Krill Reveals High Density, Stable Population in Shallow, Coastal Waters
Small boat acoustic sampling augments larger vessel surveys and could impact krill fishery management.

Book Provides First Comprehensive Synthesis of Trophic Cascades
Scientific evidence presented indicates top-down regulation by predators operates in most ecosystems.

Stony Brook University to Offer New Master of Arts Program in Marine Conservation and Policy Beginning in Fall 2010
Interdisciplinary program will prepare students for careers protecting the ocean and its inhabitants.

Proposed Wind Power Grid To Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable
The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity by means of wind turbines.

The Institute For Ocean Conservation Science Applauds IUCN’S Reclassification Of Beluga Sturgeon As “Critically Endangered”
The world’s largest global environmental network announces that more sturgeon species are critically endangered than any other comprehensively assessed group of species.

New Research Shows Fishery Management Practices for Beluga Sturgeon Must Change
A first-of-its-kind study of a Caspian Sea beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) fishery demonstrates current harvest rates are four to five times higher than those that would sustain population abundance.

Study of Shark Virgin Birth Shows Offspring Can Survive Long Term
Shark pups born to virgin mothers can survive over the long-term, according to new research published Jan. 25, 2010 in the Journal of Heredity. The study shows for the first time that some virgin births can result in viable offspring.

Scientists Trace Shark Fins Back to their Geographic Origin for the First Time using DNA Detective Work
These breakthrough findings provide strong evidence for enacting international trade protection for hammerhead sharks at the March 2010 CITES meeting in Qatar

Ocean Acidification May Contribute To Global Shellfish Decline
Stony Brook University researchers find elevated carbon dioxide concentrations impede growth and survival of bivalve larvae

Rip Currents Pose Greater Risk To Swimmers Than To Shoreline
Long term monitoring by Stony Brook University researchers finds rip currents are frequent but short-lived at East Hampton Village Beach

International Fisheries Task Force to Meet in Portland, ME, to Develop Smart Management Plans for Forage Fish, a Growing Target of Commercial Fishing Operations
“Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force” working to ensure that forage fish populations continue to flourish; excessive removal can imperil marine food web

Stony Brook University Announces Formal Partnerships With Atlantis Marine World And The Riverhead Foundation
SBU’s SoMAS joins ranks of major universities collaborating with regional aquariums and preservation foundations to advance marine research and education

Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark “Tweens” And “Teenagers”
Study May Prove Useful in Conservation Efforts for Over-Fished Sharks

Researchers At Stony Brook University Show Warmer Environment Means Shorter Lives For Cold-Blooded Animals
Temperature explains much of the geographic variation in lifespan within species

Little-Known Marine Decomposers Attract The Attention Of Genome Sequencers
The Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) announced today that they will sequence the genomes of four species of labyrinthulomycetes

Connecting Delta Cities: International Workshop Focuses on Strategies for Adapting and Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Cities at Stony Brook Manhattan
Policy makers and environmental, planning, and engineering experts from around the world convene to compare and assess the mitigation and adaptation policies of three major world coastal cities, each with a Dutch heritage: Rotterdam, Jakarta, and New York City

Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force Launched
Expert team of international scientists is devising solutions for sustainably managing these small prey fish; overexploitation and inadequate management is threatening the marine food web

Jack Macrae and Paula Cooper Donate Forge River Property in Support of SoMAS
The gift will be used to further understanding of the Forge River and other systems like it in the region and around the world

“Undesirable” Evolution Can be Reversed in Fish, Stony Brook University Scientists Show
In an intriguing 21st century example of Darwinism, researchers demonstrate that fish will again grow to larger sizes and produce more young when size-selective fishing is eased

Study: Foraging Behavior Of Key Antarctic Predators Unchanged After Storms That Alter Prey Distribution
Eating Habits Hard to Break for Penguins and Fur Seals

Scientists Confirm Second-Ever Case Of Virgin Birth By Shark
“Tidbit,” the blacktip shark, lived for eight years in a Virginia Aquarium tank where there had been no male blacktips

A third of the world’s marine fish catches are used for animal feed, squandering a precious food resource for humans, research finds
Comprehensive study in upcoming Annual Review of Environment and Resources urges that alternative foods for farmed animals be found.

The New York Marine Sciences Consortium Founded At Event Hosted By Stony Brook University
New York colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with interests in marine and coastal science research and education created a new platform for collaboration and advocacy

New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystem
Institute to investigate and pursue solutions to some of the most complex issues facing waters in New York State, the nation, and the world

Timing is everything: How vulnerable to flooding is New York City?
SBU researchers show how advances in high-resolution modeling will help improve storm surge forecasts.

SoMAS Professor Named Interim Provost

From Minghua Zhang Named Interim Provost on Stony Brook News, July 31, 2019 Dr. Minghua Zhang has been appointed Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective 1 August 2019, Interim President Designate Michael A. Bernstein has announced....

SoMAS Alum Returns for Honorary Degree

Photo above:  Greg Marshall with his son and SoMAS Faculty and Staff in 2017. From "Stony Brook to Award Honorary Degrees to Diverse Trio of Trailblazers" on Stony Brook News, April 29, 2019. STONY BROOK, New York–April 29, 2019–-Stony Brook University will award an...

Sea Gates Save Lives And Protect Property From Devastation

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT BY THE NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY STORM SURGE WORKING GROUP School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University Hurricane Florence is another wake up call for the New York-New Jersey-Long Island region. Six...

SoMAS Study Shows Threatened Sharks Still Common in Fin Trade

Photo above: These are randomly selected shark fin scraps derived from fin processing being prepared for DNA testing in the laboratory. This step is essential in order to determine if the fin parts are CITES listed endangered species. Credit Diego Cardeñosa From Study...

Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems to Advance Biology

Photo above: Marine protists known as thraustochytrids produce carotenoids, which are responsible for giving them a yellow to orange color. Carotenoids are essential nutrients for animals, and of biotechnological interest for several applications. EMS scientists are...

eDNA Analysis: A key to Uncovering Rare Marine Species

A pod of killer whales, an endangered species, swims near Seattle. By using eDNA from seawater samples, marine biologists can often detect rare species like the killer whale without seeing them. (Credit: C. Emmons, NOAA Fisheries) From eDNA Analysis: A key to...

SoMAS Professor Analyzes Storm Damage on North Shore

Photo above by R. Lawrence Swanson: An eroding bluff at Long Beach has been stabilized by constructing a stone seawall at the bluff’s base. The bluff has been terraced to capture material that rolls down from the top and can be planted with vegetation that will help...

SoMAS Faculty Testify Against Off Shore Drilling

Photo above:  Interim Dean Larry Swanson speaks about how oil from drilling offshore Long Island would reach our shores based on his research on prevailing winds and the movement of plastics debris in the Atlantic. Photo by Assemblyman Steve Englebright. Content...

SoMAS Participates in New York Harbor Educational Tour

On October 10, 2017, the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure commemorated the fifth anniversary of Super Storm Sandy with a Coastal Resiliency Storm Surge Barrier Boat Tour in New York Harbor.  As described in the invitation "Join us...

2017 Press

  Shinnecock, Quantuck, Moriches Bays Free Of Brown Tide This Year So Far - 27east.com 7/5/2017 Shinnecock, Quantuck, Moriches Bays Free Of Brown Tide This Year So Far 27east.com For the first time in many… The Bunker Resurgence: The Good News Beyond Recent Fish...

2016 Press

New Report Identifies Sources of Nitrogen Loading in Local Waters - Patch.com 12/23/2016 Patch.com New Report Identifies Sources of Nitrogen Loading in Local Waters Patch.com The “Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve… First Septic Upgrades, Rebates Could Focus On...

2015 Press

DEC increases number of local waterbodies closed to shellfishing - Riverhead News Review 5/16/2015 Riverhead News Review DEC increases number of local waterbodies closed to shellfishing Riverhead News Review Flanders Bay and western… Discarded Shells Will Be Used For...


STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 10, 2014 -Stony Brook University will host its second TEDxSBU event on Nov. 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The theme of this year’s event is “Connect the Dots,” and will feature 16 speakers and...


STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 28, 2014 – Stony Brook University has been named in Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll, an annual list that offers a measure of how environmentally friendly universities are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99. Stony Brook, one of 24...


Stony Brook, NY, April 28, 2014 – Stony Brook University was recognized twice during a week of Earth Day celebrations for environmental stewardship programs that place it as a leader in sustainability among all U.S. university and college campuses. The Princeton...

2014 Press

Heidi Hutner Appointed As Director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University Oct 20, 2014 – Dr. Heidi Hutner, Director of Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University, has been appointed Director of...

Stony Brook University Hosts NSF Funded Storm Chasing Project

Photo above: Pictured in front of the Doppler on Wheels 6 from left to right are: Professor Brian Colle, SoMAS at Stony Brook University; Joshua Wurman and Karen Kosiba of the Center for Severe Weather Research; and Kelly Lombardo, SBU Postdoctoral researcher....

Stony Brook University Secures $200 Million in 12 Months

Top Ten Historic Gift in Public Higher Education Brings Together Over 1, 500 Donors to Meet $50 Million Match from the Simons Foundation Creates Historic Number of Scholarships, Fellowships and Endowed Chairs While Supporting Wide Range of Programs, from Medicine and...

Scientists Estimate More Than 100 Million Sharks Killed Annually

Photo above: Pictured are dried shark fins for sale in Hong Kong. (Credit: Debra Abercrombie). New research featured in the journal Marine Policy estimates a range of between 63 and 273 million sharks killed annually STONY BROOK, NY, March 1, 2013 – The number of...

2013 Press

Report: Keeping New Fire Island Inlet Open is Paying Off (Patch) New book summaries 35 years of Long Island Sound research (The Day) Study: Lemon sharks return to birthplace, exhibiting 'natal homing' (Newsday) Daniel Knopf, named research fellow of EMSL at...

Long-Term Observations in the Tropics Linked to Global Climate Change

Research reveals ecosystem changes linked to declining upwelling of nutrient-rich waters STONY BROOK, NY, October 16, 2012 — Reports of declining ice coverage and drowning polar bears in the Arctic illustrate dramatic ecosystem responses to global climate change in...

Stony Brook University Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013

 Publication reviews more than 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in North America and Great Britain  STONY BROOK, NY, August 28, 2012 – Stony Brook University has been included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 based on a broad range of...

Carl Safina Wins 2012 Orion Book Award

STONY BROOK, NY, May 16, 2012 – Professor Carl Safina, founding President of the Blue Ocean Institute who teaches in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and is a visiting professor in the Center for Communicating Science there, has...

Is Eating Seafood Good or Bad?

Stony Brook’s SoMAS Lecture Explores Public Health Implications of Seafood Consumption STONY BROOK, N.Y., May 3, 2012 – Is eating seafood a good or bad thing? The answer could be both from the information that will be presented at a public lectured sponsored by Stony...

Stony Brook Gets Good News On Earth Day

University named to Green College guide and earns accolades for recycling more than three million pounds of material in nationwide recycling competition STONY BROOK, NY, April 20, 2012 – Stony Brook University has been selected by The Princeton Review and the U.S....

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