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Students, faculty and staff from Stony Brook Southampton and the Stony Brook main campus celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 with the annual Beach Clean Up at Warner Island in Shinnecock Bay. Captain Andrew Brosnan took the crew of 16 out on the R/V Peconic on a beautiful (and long overdue) spring afternoon. The group filled five bags of trash from the Island. The event was part of the Town of Southampton’s Great East End Clean Up. Stony Brook Southampton Student Life provided lunch for the participants, who enjoyed the weather as well as the wonderful wildlife of Shinnecock…

Earthstock, Stony Brook’s annual celebration of Earth Day, kicks off Monday, April 16,  featuring a winning combination of hallowed traditions and fresh programming. More than a week’s worth of educational and social events will culminate in the Earthstock Festival, to be held on the Academic Mall between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Friday, April 20. As always, a highlight of the festival is the Duck Race, to be held at 2:00 pm in “The Brook,” adjacent to the Administration building. Ducks can be purchased for $2 at the Student Activities Center, Room 222, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.…

Does my dog really love me? Consciousness, self-awareness, empathy, non-verbal communication, imitation, teaching, grief — join conservationist Carl Safina as he shows that many non-human minds are rather similar to ours. As part of the Della Pietra Lecture Series, the Simons Center will host Dr. Safina as he discusses “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” on Monday, March 19, at 5:30 pm in the Simons Center Della Pietra Family Auditorium. A reception will be held at 5 pm. Safina spent time working with researchers who have spent decades studying particular families of wild elephants, wolves and killer whales. He got to know these…

 Paul B. Shepson has been named Dean of Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), announced Michael Bernstein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Selected after a national search, Shepson is Jonathan Amy Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, and the Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at the National Science Foundation. His tenure begins July 2, 2018. A native of Elmira, N.Y., Shepson obtained a BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Cortland and a PhD in Analytical/Atmospheric Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.  After a short…

New Endowed Chair in Coastal Ecology and Conservation helps advance impactful research at School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences As a professor in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Christopher Gobler trains the next generation of marine scientists to tackle the challenges that face coastal ecosystems on Long Island and around the world. And, as he works with students and colleagues on answers to those challenges, Gobler often recalls his own days as a student, when there were no answers, just questions. “One summer, I worked for an environmental group on Long Island,” Gobler said, “and they had…

Scientists from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) will be developing seasonal predictions of fish and marine mammal distributions in the Northeast United States with the goal to enhance protected species management. The research is supported by a $509,573 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology, in partnership withNOAA Research’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program. The Northeast U.S. large marine ecosystem is highly productive and supports important commercial and recreational fisheries. It has also experienced some of the highest warming rates in recent…

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Friday, October 13, with an Environmental Media Conference, The Risk of Saying Nothing. Hear from several Stony Brook speakers, including Malcolm Bowman, Howard Schneider, Christine O’Connell, David Taylor, Minghua Zhang, Heidi Hutner — and welcome back former Dean and Director and University Provost Jerry Schubel — as they discuss how to speak out boldly, creatively and effectively regarding the state of our environment and its sustainability. Schedule of Events School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Endeavour Hall, Room 120 10 am Introductions: Larry Swanson, Interim Dean, SoMAS…

Three Stony Brook science professors delivered a powerful message to Capitol Hill at a public forum on water quality last month. Professors Jeffrey Levinton, Joseph Warren and Michael Frisk journeyed to Washington, DC in conjunction with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a Beacon, New York-based grassroots organization founded by Pete Seeger. These advocates for environmental action conveyed a “cargo of concern” consisting of municipal resolutions, petitions and personal messages from residents and communities between the Hudson Valley and Washington DC to decision makers in support of fair and equal environmental policies and projections based on science. The action was symbolic of a…

It was a perfect June morning on the East End of Long Island. Breeze flowing off the water, clouds providing a slight scrim for the sun trying to push through. Sitting at a remote picnic table (although not quite remote enough to keep away several “Hi Bobby, I love your new show” fans) with television star and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, I shared our plans and set-up for the opening night keynote address he would be delivering for the 3rd Annual Food Lab Conference. It would be delivered that evening on the water’s edge at the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, faculty at Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay. Meanwhile, the lab of Christopher Gobler, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences monitors and investigates the harmful algal blooms that have become increasingly common in Long Island’s coastal waters. The following stories provide news and background: SBU Receives $3M…

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