BEYOND
THE HORIZON

Understanding the science of the skies and the seas

SCHOOL OF MARINE & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Through research and education, we aim to increase fundamental understanding of the oceans and atmosphere, their interactions and the life systems they support. Our faculty, students and staff work to develop and communicate innovative solutions to the environmental problems of society at local, regional, national and global scales.

With your support, we can become one of the top five National Research Council programs for marine and atmospheric sciences in the country, enabling students to become environmental leaders.

UNIT GOAL

$18.9 million

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL

“Our faculty and graduate students are engaged in cutting-edge research both locally and globally, ranging from organic and inorganic compounds in planktonic systems to global climate change, from laboratory and field studies of atmospheric and marine particles to environmental modeling using massively parallel computers, from marine conservation to weather forecasting and much more.”

Minghua Zhang, professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Stony Brook, NY; Stony Brook University: SoMAS Dean and Director of the MSRC Minghua Zhang discusses a slide representing reconstructed rainfall patterns that show decreasing precipitation in the northern tropics over hundreds of years with PhD student Tingyin Xiao.

UNIT INITIATIVES

COMPREHENSIVE NAMING OPPORTUNITY OF THE SCHOOL

FACULTY EXCELLENCE

Faculty Excellence

By allowing at least two-thirds of our full professors to hold an endowed professorship or chair, we will increase our ability to recruit at the highest level, position ourselves to place higher in national rankings and other reputational indices, and increase our ability to compete for funding from mega foundations.

TRAINING EXCELLENCE

Training Excellence

By attracting the best young talent in the field to Stony Brook for postdoctoral training, we will increase current faculty research (with the possibility of extramural funding), enhance our future ability to recruit top graduate students and position ourselves to place higher in national rankings and other reputational indices.

GRADUATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE

Graduate Student Excellence

Increased funding for graduate student fellowships, especially for students in underrepresented groups, will result in more resources for assistant professors in particular and faculty as a whole, increased graduate student body diversity and increased national rankings and other reputational indices.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE

Undergraduate Student Excellence

Increased scholarship funding for talented undergraduates, especially students in underrepresented groups, will increase the size, diversity and quality of our student body, while positioning ourselves for higher national rankings and other reputational indices.

NAMING OF MARINE SCIENCES CENTER IN SOUTHAMPTON

NAMING OF RESEARCH VESSELS

STONY BROOK STORIES

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SoMAS’ Ellen Pikitch Part of Team Studying Marine Fisheries Reform in China

Professor Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, is part of a research team led by Stanford University, that published its perspective piece, “Opportunity for Marine Fisheries Reform in China,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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Exploring Man’s Impact on the Environment

Two Stony Brook PhD students coauthored a study in the June 2015 Public Library of Science One, which found that reduced oxygen conditions and oil spill contaminants in the northern Gulf of Mexico significantly increased fish mortality.

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School of Marine &
Atmospheric Science Board

Andrew E. Sabin

Christopher Zeppie ’77

Dieter von Lehsten

Jane Flatau Ross

Laurie J. Landeau

Maureen Klinsky

Michael D. Halpern

Michael E. White ’74

Michael J. Zeitlin ’79, ’80

Minghua Zhang

Robert I. Komitor ’76, ’80

Robert J. Maze

Rosalind A. Walrath

Sarah Chasis

Xiaodan (Danny) Lu ’96, ’98