Browsing: SoMAS

As millions of viewers watch the Discovery channel’s Shark Week 2018, two Stony Brook researchers are among a team that is determined to protect endangered shark species. A study published in Conservation Letters by lead author Diego Cardeñosa, a Stony Brook University PhD student, reveals that several threatened shark species are still common in the fin trade after being listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). “CITES‐listed Sharks Remain Among the Top Species in the Contemporary Fin Trade” is the first assessment of the species composition of the fin trade after…

Tremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and important processes. Now an international team of scientists including Jackie Collier, PhD, an Associate Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, is investigating how to genetically manipulate a variety of marine protists –unicellular microscopic organisms that are not classified as a plant, animal or fungus – to develop…

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) will take a lead role as Stony Brook joins a new, county-wide initiative called “Strawless Suffolk.” This initiative is the first product of the newly formed Suffolk County Single-Use Plastic Reduction Task Force, led by Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn and made up of representatives from Suffolk County, Stony Brook University, Suffolk County Community College, the Safina Center, Surfrider Foundation, and Green Inside and Out. Kaitlin Willig (MS ’17) is the SoMAS representative and vice-chair of the task force. The task force is calling for restaurants to voluntarily participate in “Strawless Suffolk” by pledging to…

Stony Brook University and Brentwood Union Free School District have received a competitive New York State Education grant of $225,000 from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP). This collaboration will engage teachers in real-world professional development opportunities. Project leader Rebecca Grella, a PhD graduate from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook, has taught at Brentwood Union Free School District (the state’s largest suburban school district) for 17 years. Grella has created a research laboratory at Brentwood High School, which is referred to locally as “Little Stony Brook.” It is here that…

Internationally recognized ocean conservation expert Ellen Pikitch, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, discusses eDNA analysis — a tool that may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before — in a perspectives piece in the June 15 edition of Science. Pikitch is Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. In the Science piece, she explains how eDNA — obtained from seawater that contains sloughed skin cells, scales, secretions and other matter from marine organisms — is being used to detect species presence and…

There’s plenty of fish in the sea for human fisherman and bottlenose dolphins to feast on and now, according to a study by researchers at Stony Brook University published in Marine Mammal Science, both species are using a New York artificial reef at the same time to find fish to eat – a new finding. Using an underwater microphone deployed at 55 feet on an artificial reef three miles south of Atlantic Beach on Long Island, researchers were able to observe the sounds made by both species to determine eating habits and timing. Stony Brook graduate student in the School of Marine and…

Five new two-year coastal research projects are now underway and all are being administered at Stony Brook University. Two of the projects are being led by Christopher Gobler, Endowed Chair of Coastal Ecology and Conservation, and Associate Professor Bradley Peterson from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook. The projects — funded with a total amount awarded of more than $1.1 million — are sponsored by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and funded through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea Grant’s federal parent agency. “These new projects target issues of importance to New Yorkers and to citizens everywhere,”…

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…

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