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.

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? ...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-06-26

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on June 26, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  This is the 77th geo-referenced photo mosaic in the series. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a...

Saving the Sharks by way of Biological Research

From Saving the Sharks by way of Biological Research on Stony Brook News on June 3, 2019. Global shark populations have experienced exponential declines for decades due to marine pollution, fisheries exploitation and coastal development. Oliver Shipley, a PhD student...

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...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-05-27

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on May 27, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.   Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

SoMAS Faculty Awarded NCAR Early Career Faculty Innovator Award

From Interdisciplinary Program to Examine Potential Coastal Impacts of Climate Change, Natural Hazards by David Hosansky on NCAR & UCAR News, May 16, 2019 The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching a significant new program this summer,...

Supercomputer Cloud Modeling Could Help to Predict Climate Change

From Supercomputer Cloud Modeling Could Help to Predict Climate Change by Glenn Jochum on Stony Brook News, May 13, 2019. One of Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) core faculty members from SoMAS (The School of Marine and...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-04-29

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on April 29, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  The water was very clear during the flight!  Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that...

Study Points to Kelp Farming Opportunities on Long Island

Photo above: Stony Brook University scientist Mike Doall, left, and oyster farmer Paul McCormick with kelp grown on the Great Gunn oyster farm this spring. From Study Points to Kelp Farming Opportunities on Long Island on Stony Brook News, April 25, 2019. Pioneering...

NSF Supports Marine Science Educational Research Programs

Photo above: Professor Gordon Taylor in his lab. From NSF Supports Marine Science and Chemistry Educational Research Programs on Stony Brook News on April 12, 2019 by Greg Filiano STONY BROOK, NY, April 12, 2019 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-03-24

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on March 24, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below. Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth.  By...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2019-02-14

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on February 14, 2019.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report (PDF): Another breach overflight was carried out Thursday Feb 14th near low tide in...

Two SoMAS Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY

Photo above: New York Bight Whale Monitoring Program. Property of NYSDEC and the aerial survey contractor, Tetra Tech From Two SBU Teams Awarded Ocean Research Grants to Study Waters off NY on Stony Brook News, February 6, 2019. Nearly $570,000 in ocean research...

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