In October, 2006, Stony Brook University
announced the creation of a new center, the Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research (CIDER).
This initiative was undertaken to bring together the many faculty at the university from diverse
disciplines, housed in many departments, to create synergistic collaborations that could address
large, complex environmental issues. The participants (faculty, postdoctoral investigators, and
graduate students) in CIDER are formally associated with existing academic departments at Stony
Brook University, including departments in Arts and Sciences, Engineering, the Medical School,
and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences . However, all participants also see the value in working
across disciplines, not necessarily reflective of traditional academic separations, to form
multi-disciplinary teams of researchers that can tackle the complexities of large environmental
problems. Thus, individuals in the natural and medical sciences combine with social scientists
and engineers to pursue large research programs. Such teams are required to develop new
research centers for environmental research at Stony Brook, and as well provide new and
exciting educational opportunities for the next generation of environmental researchers.
A description of the type of research that CIDER will pursue is given in
In addition, CIDER will sponsor inter-disciplinary environmental lectures from leading
researchers and will periodically initiate workshops to address new research directions.