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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.


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.

SoMAS Faculty Secure $1.1 Million for NY Sea Grant Research Projects

Photo Above: According to Gobler, 2017 was one of the worst years for brown tide and red tides that cause paralytical shellfish poisoning. It covered the entire south shore of Long Island by early June and persisted through late July in Great South Bay, pictured here....

Old Inlet Breach Flyovers 03-26 and 04-25 2018

Above:  Old Inlet Breach on March 26, 2018 Dr. Charles Flagg took flights over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on March 26 and April 25, 2018.  The flyover mosaics are available below. Dr. Flagg noted that the April 25th flight was "near high tide and the sun...

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...

Earthworm Lab Students Receive Undergraduate Recognition Awards

Students Mateo Mezic and Sajjad Hussaini working with Dr. Sharon Pochron in the Earthworm Toxicology Lab received Undergraduate Recognition Awards for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in the category for Academic Excellence. Mateo earned this award in part...

Stony Brook Students Wield Science on Behalf of Sustainability

Photo above: Algae-scrubber team includes, from left, Christina Giordanella, Elisabeth Van Roijen, Shauna Wright and Associate Professor Kate Aubrecht. From Stony Brook Students Wield Science on Behalf of Sustainability by Glenn Jochum on SBU Happenings, April 16,...

SoMAS Professor Analyzes Storm Damage on North Shore

Photo above by R. Lawrence Swanson: An eroding bluff at Long Beach has been stabilized by constructing a stone seawall at the bluff’s base. The bluff has been terraced to capture material that rolls down from the top and can be planted with vegetation that will help...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2018-02-27

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on February 27, 2018.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg provided the following report: This is a quick update on the status of the breach prior to the nor’easter that’s...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2018-01-27

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on January 27, 2018.  The flyover mosaic is available below. In case you missed it, Dr. Charles Flagg's research on the breach was featured on an episode of PBS's SciTech Mark Lang has...

SoMAS Research featured as EOS Research Spotlight

The recent publication by SoMAS alum Shaily Rahman (PhD, 2016) and her advisors, Robert Aller and J. Kirk Cochran: "The Missing Silica Sink: Revisiting the Marine Sedimentary Si Cycle Using Cosmogenic 32Si" published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles 31, 1559 - 1578, is...

Old Inlet Breach Flyover 2017-11-28

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on November 28, 2017.  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 2017-10-20

Dr. Charles Flagg took another flight over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on October 20, 2017.  The flyover mosaic is available below.  Dr. Flagg noted that there are major changes to the inlet: The arrival of the remnant of Hurricane Jose and the subsequent...

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