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Kurt Bretsch

BretschProvost’s Outstanding Lecturer
Faculty Director, Semester by the Sea Program

Ph.D., 2005, University of South Carolina

Kurt.Bretsch@stonybrook.edu

Marine and Environmental Science Education, Coastal Community Ecology

 


 

 

Research Interests

My research interests are broad but fall within the realm of coastal and estuarine marine community ecology. I am interested in determining spatial and temporal distributions of economically and ecologically important fishes and macro-invertebrates and how changing patterns of habitat use reflect biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. My research typically includes a strong undergraduate education component. During recent projects, I created and used a novel sampling method, the sweep flume, to reveal patterns to the tidal migrations of fishes, shrimps, and crabs in salt marsh intertidal creeks. I have also collaborated with a student to investigate induced responses to stresses in a rocky intertidal alga and have led a team of undergraduates in exploring oyster growth at several sites in Shinnecock Bay and Great Peconic Bay. Courses I regularly teach include Ichthyology, Oceanography, Coastal Oceanography, Marine Conservation, Long Island Marine Habitats, Coastal Cultural Experience and Environmental Problems and Solutions. My focus is on undergraduate programming and I am currently not advising graduate students.


Publications

Bretsch, K., and D. M. Allen, 2006, Effects of Biotic Factors on the Depth Selection of Nekton, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 334 (1): 130-138

Bretsch, K., and D. M. Allen, 2006, Tidal Migrations of Nekton in Salt Marsh Intertidal Creeks, Estuaries and Coasts 29 (3): 479-491

 

SoMAS Celebrates CommUniversity Day

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SoMAS Convocation 2018

Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...

Vax to Flax 2018

Many thanks to those who participated and assisted with the 2018 Flax to Vax Race + BBQ on Saturday April 28th! The overall winner was student Tim Curtin with a time of 26:13. The faculty winner was Chris Gobler with a time of 26:24. The faculty "won" the...

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SoMAS had great, enthusiastic participation at Earthstock this year.  Thank you to everyone at SoMAS who helped with the event in some way: Interim Dean Larry Swanson kicked the week off with his lecture, “Dredging Stony Brook Harbor,” at the Three Village Historical...

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...

SoMAS at SUBMERGE 2017

Sixteen volunteers did an outstanding job representing SoMAS and Stony Brook University at the SUBMERGE festival in Manhattan on Saturday September 16, 2017. Five tables of onshore exhibits informed and entertained the thousands of attendees on topics including effect...

Summer Oceanography Course 2017

For two weeks during the summer session, Dr. Kurt Bretsch teaches our Summer MAR 104 - Oceanography course at the Marine Sciences Center located at the Stony Brook University Southampton Campus.  This undergraduate course provides an examination of the World Ocean and...

SoMAS Convocation 2017

Congratulations to our graduates!  The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...

SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years.  This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...

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