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.

SoMAS Photo Competition 2018

The SoMAS photo competition is an annual event where students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff share their pictures with the SoMAS community and the general public. The Photo Competition will be divided into three categories with a single...

GIS Students Win Awards at LI GIS Conference

The Long Island GIS Conference was held at Farmingdale State College on April 25, 2018. Student posters displayed were voted on by Conference attendees for the People's Choice Award for Best Poster. Student posters from SoMAS and Sustainability Studies were accepted...

SoMAS Shines at Earthstock

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...

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 include:...

Memorial Scholarship Winners Honored at Annual Liblit Breakfast

On Tuesday, November 14, the  Evan R. Liblit Scholarship winners were formally announced at our annual Liblit Fundraiser/Scholarship Breakfast held at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip.  This year marks the 20th year of the Liblit Scholarship Fund.   Our...

Geospatial Center to celebrate GIS Day @ SBU

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Noon to 4pm North Reading Room Learning Lab, Melville Library 1st floor. International GIS Day is November 15th. The Geospatial Center (School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences) and the University Libraries celebrate GIS Day by hosting...

SBU Mentors 21 Regeneron Finalists

Photo above: Regeneron Science Talent Search finalist Caitlin Gormley from Sayville Highschool standing with her GIS project Long Island as a region produced a total of 58 first-round prizewinners in the renamed Regeneron Science Talent Search (the competition was...

SoMAS 2016 Retrospective Banquet

Many thanks for those that joined us on December 14, 2016 for our Holiday Retrospective with great food and people. The highlight was when Santa arrived and the little ones all got a ride with him. A special thank you to those who helped organize the event including...

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