Lecturer, GISP
M.S., Long Island University




Maria Brown received a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Long Island University. She received a BS in Geology and a BA in Biology from CUNY, Queens College.

She worked as an Environmental Scientist and Certified Professional Wetland Scientist for 10 years in local engineering and consulting firms before becoming a science teacher at Sayville High School in 1999. She is certified in general science, biology and Earth science (7-12), and taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science for 7 years. She has been the full time Science Research teacher at Sayville since 2007. She created the high school Science Research Enrichment courses taught annually in Costa Rica, the Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Galapagos and/or Baja Mexico since 2005.

Maria is a New York State Master Teacher and has received numerous teaching awards (listed in CV). She has been using and teaching GIS to diverse groups in education, NGO’s, industry and government for over 22 years.  She has also been recognized for environmental stewardship and has received the Sierra Club Long Island Environmentalist of the Year Award (2014), South Shore Estuary Reserve CAC Stewardship Award (2011), Stewardship & Action Award (South Shore Estuary Reserve, 2008), and the Fran File Educator Award (Great South Bay Audubon Society, 2007.

Maria is currently the Principal Geospatial Analyst for the IUCN Red List Bat Specialist Working Group whose focus is to protect bat populations and their habitats globally. She conducts local bat research using bioacoustics and provides numerous educational outreach workshops and lectures each year on the Bats of Long Island.

Fall Updates from SoMAS Faculty

Photo above: the 2019 class of SUNY Chancellor's Award recipients, including SoMAS Adjunct Lecturer Maria Brown. Congratulations to SoMAS faculty and staff for their recent awards and recognitions. Interim President Michael Bernstein honored more than 65 faculty and...

2019 Evan Liblit Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

The winners of the 2019 Evan R. Liblit Memorial Scholarships have been announced! The Evan R. Liblit Graduate Scholarship is a supplement to any form of financial aid, and is given to a promising graduate student demonstrating excellence in academic achievement and...

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...

Lucy DiBenedetto (BS, 2019)

From WISE Student Is an Activist for Local Water Quality on Stony Brook News by Glenn Jochum on May 29, 2019. If you ever want to start a conversation with Lucy DiBenedetto ’19, just ask her about her backpack. It’s festooned with lanyards, pins and hand-stitched...

SoMAS Students Receive End of Year Honors

The end of every school year is an opportunity to highlight the work, honors, and accomplishments of our students, and this year we are celebrating their success again! The SoMAS Undergraduate Environmental Essay Award recognizes and rewards Sustainability Studies and...

SoMAS Adjunct Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Above photo: SoMAS Adjunct Lecturer Maria Brown (left) with students and Dr. Donna Selch (right) at the ESRI 2017 conference. From "Two SBU Adjuncts Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence" on Stony Brook News on January 24, 2019 Maria Brown, from the...

Using GIS to Find the Perfect Summer Internship

About the Author: Lucy DiBenedetto is a fourth-year student in SoMAS Sustainability Studies Program. She currently serves as a mapping intern with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a GIS Technician for the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, and as a...

Summer Presentations by SoMAS Students

SoMAS students and faculty have spent some of their summer preparing for conferences, giving talks and training future scholars.  Here are a few updates: Nicholas Leonardo, Ph.D. candidate in Prof. Brian Colle's group, was awarded Best Student Oral Presentation for...

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