University Roundup: Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Written by on August 3, 2009 in Marine Life

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Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is the center for marine and atmospheric research and education in the State University of New York system.  It has both an undergraduate and a graduate program with a total of 500 students and 90 faculty and staff from 16 different nations.  For graduate students, SoMAS offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs with either a marine or atmospheric track.

Undergraduate students have a choice of 4 degree options and 2 minors.

  • B.S. in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies
  • B.S. in Marine Sciences
  • B.S. in Marine Vertebrate Ecology
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Marine Sciences

SoMAS officially became a school at Stony Brook University in 2007 but had previously existed as the Marine Science Research Center and the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres for 40 years.  Located on Long Island, New York, SoMAS students have access to a diverse range of habitats extending from New York City to the open ocean.  SoMAS also operates research and educational facilities at the Stony Brook Southampton campus, which includes the Southampton Marine Station, and the Flax Pond Marine Laboratory on Long Island Sound.

Here is some of the latest news from SoMAS:

SoMAS Research Detects Toxic Phytoplankton Bloom, Promts Area Shellfish Harvest Closure (link no longer active)

SoMAS Professor Daniel Knopf Receives NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award

New Institute For Ocean Conservation Science At SBU To Tackle Pressing Threats To Marine Ecosystems

Slow Recovery for Shrinking Fish

Copyright © 2009 Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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