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Southampton Marine Science Center ManagerChris

BS, Southampton College of Long Island University

Wet lab manager, naturalist and public outreach coordinator

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As the manager of the Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus, my primary responsibility is to maintain the Center’s computerized, state-of the-art 5,000 sq. ft. combined indoor/outdoor seawater lab that contains three different seawater scenarios (ambient seawater, temperature control seawater, and a recirculation system). In addition to the upkeep of the lab, I actively assist graduate students and research faculty set-up and trouble shoot various research projects in the fields of harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, seagrasses, shellfish, and ocean acoustics.

In addition to managing the wet lab, I am the Center’s naturalist, responsible for giving tours about the flora and fauna of Shinnecock Bay to members of the general public. From elementary school children to adults, our public outreach programs are vital to spreading the word about the important research taking place at SoMAS.

Born and raised on Long Island, I have been exploring the wilds of Long Island for over 30 years. My passion for coastal ecology, but more importantly fishing, led me to obtain a BS in Marine Science from Southampton College of Long Island University. Outside of Stony Brook University I am a member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA), freelance writing and supplying photography for several outdoor publications.  Prior to working for Stony Brook University, I was the senior aquarist at the Long Island Aquarium for thirteen years and the educational coordinator and stranding tech for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research for four years prior to working at the aquarium.

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Outreach program with the Ross School

Beyond the Expected: An Interview with Stony Brook’s Naturalist

From Beyond the Expected: An Interview with Stony Brook’s Naturalist on Stony Brook University News, September 11, 2020 Christopher Paparo has been exploring the wilds of Long Island’s marine estuaries for over 30 years, and in this episode of “Beyond the Expected,”...

Stony Brook Experts Featured on Kids’ Game Show

From Stony Brook Experts Featured on Kids’ Game Show on Stony Brook University News, June 3, 2020. Several of Stony Brook’s “know-it-alls” are being tested on their expertise — by kids. The Disney+ channel recently launched a streaming educational kids’ show, The Big...

Mount Sinai High School Claims First Place in Bay Scallop Bowl

Photo Above: The team from Mount Sinai High School (back row) Coach Andrew Matthews, Katherine Fedotov, Aaron Angress, Arielle Mule, Matthew Miller, Assistant Coach Glynis Nau-ritter, (front row) Jake DeBlasio (B team) and Jonathon Jacobson. Congratulations to Mount...

Montauk Lighthouse Historical Society Summer Talks

​The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in partnership with the Montauk Lighthouse Historical Society, will present a summer lecture series on topical marine and atmospheric science issues in July and August.  Topics, speakers and dates are listed below.  All...

Osprey Return to Southampton Campus

The weather forecast may say winter, but nature says it is spring! Our male osprey has returned to his nest located at the Marine Sciences Center at Stony Brook Southampton.  Arriving from his winter home in South America, he will do some spring cleaning of the nest,...

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:...

The Artwork at SoMAS

The halls of our spaces are graced with a variety of art.  The artwork has its own history--some pieces have been commissioned, some were assignments, others were saved from previous institutions and there are even current pieces that cycle through the space.  On a...

SoMAS Photo Competition 2015

The SoMAS photo competition is intended to be an annual event where students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff will get to share their pictures with the SoMAS community and the general public. There will be three winning photos every year, one for each...

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