The research being conducted at SoMAS seeks to understand the way our marine, atmospheric, and terrestrial environments function; as well as the impact of human interactions with these systems. These problems all require knowledge from multiple disciplines and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences encourages interdisciplinary research. Unlike many other places, we do not have traditional departments. What we do have is a large number of faculty and students who work together to better understand our planet.


Overview

biologyOne way of understanding the research that is done here at SoMAS is to look at the traditional scientific disciplines that our faculty came from. Clicking on any of these specific disciplines will provide a list of current SoMAS faculty and their research projects that uses the knowledge from these disciplines. You’ll notice that many faculty appear under more than one discipline and that is because most modern problems require interdisciplinary knowledge.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Economics

 

Integrated Programs

SedTrapThere are several research areas that significant numbers of SoMAS faculty work on. These research themes do not cover every single research project that occurs at SoMAS but they do represent several specialty areas where SoMAS researchers have significant expertise.

  • Environmental Modeling and Prediction
  • Patterns and Impacts of Climate Change
  • Environmental Health and Contaminants
  • Conservation and Management of Marine Resources
  • Biogeochemical Transformation of Energy and Elements

 

Traditional Disciplines

netsWhile we do not have strict disciplinary boundaries at SoMAS, for many students and researchers the traditional research areas of marine, atmospheric and environmental science may be useful in understanding the research that occurs here.

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography

 

Additionally, SoMAS researchers study the local area and areas across the globe.

Below are articles related to research at SoMAS.  Click on a headline to view the complete article.

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...

High-Tech Instruments at SoMAS Empower the Search for Microplastics

From High-Tech Instruments Empower the Search for Microplastics by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook News, November 1, 2019 It’s an invisible problem on a global scale. Drinking straws, shopping bags and other plastic litter contaminating our beaches and oceans are easy to...

Cell Chemistry Illuminated by Laser Light

Image above: Raman microspectroscopy helps researchers observe cell chemistry by focusing a laser beam on a spot within a cell and then capturing light emitted after interactions with cellular molecules, which produces a molecular fingerprint (Raman spectrum). From...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-10-24

As the 7th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 24, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg noted that the water " was very clear which showed a clear...

New Study Reveals Important yet Unprotected Global Ocean Areas

From New Study Reveals Important yet Unprotected Global Ocean Areas on Stony Brook News, October 25, 2019. The published findings may guide policymakers to increase MPAs STONY BROOK, NY, October 25, 2019 — The largest synthesis of important marine areas conducted to...

SoMAS Dean Awarded for Research on Greenhouse Gas Emission Rates

From "Paul Shepson Awarded for Research on Greenhouse Gas Emission Rates" on Stony Brook News, October 8, 2019. Paul Shepson, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, has received a $1.1 million award from the National Institute of Standards and...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-09-23

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on September 23, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report (PDF): Those of you have followed these reports may remember that in a February...

Stony Brook Know-How Helps to Protect Long Island’s Water Supply

Photo above: Frank Russo delivers a rundown on Stony Brook University’s Wastewater Research and Innovation Facility. From Stony Brook Know-How Helps to Protect Long Island’s Water Supply on Stony Brook News by Rob Emproto on August 30, 2019. There are now about...

SoMAS Hosts Marine Science Summer Workshop for NYS Master Teachers 

From Marine Science Summer Workshop for NYS Master Teachers in the Capitols and Communities - News From The Office of Government and Community Relations Newsletter on August 26, 2019 The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences engaged some of New York's best...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-08-24

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on August 24, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg was finally able to get back into the air after resolving some mechanical issues with his aircraft. Mark Lang has...

Bassem Allam Invested as Inaugural Marinetics Endowed Professor

Photo above: Bassem Allam was formally invested as the Marinetics Endowed Professor of Marine Science in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) on April 26. From left to right: Bassem Allam, SoMAS Dean’s Council Chair Bob Maze,...

New Faculty Research Awards

Congratulations to our faculty for their recent research awards!Gordon Taylor received a new NSF award, in the amount $514,960, in support of the project "Collaborative Research: Key Microbial Processes in Oxygen Minimum Zones: From in Situ Community Rate Measurements...

For SoMAS’s Oliver Shipley, Every Week is Shark Week

Photo above: Shipley prepares to submerge. From For SoMAS’s Oliver Shipley, Every Week is Shark Week on Stony Brook News on July 31, 2019 by Glenn Jochum Oliver Shipley might have one of the best assignments in the world— he gets to scrutinize what is arguably Earth’s...

SoMAS Student Spending Summer with the Sharks

Picture above:  SoMAS PhD student Lisa Crawford, fishing for sharks!  Photo by Charles Witek. We caught up with Stony Brook University Graduate Student Lisa Crawford during a busy summer field season, and she shared some of her summer adventures with us. Who are you? ...

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