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Environmental decision-makers need the best scientific information and expertise available. SoMAS works closely with coastal businesses, elected officials at all levels of government, environmental groups, natural resource managers, and planners. SoMAS conducts many public outreach programs, often in collaboration with schools and community organizations. Educating the public about local marine environments is an important part of SoMAS’ mission.

Our faculty and alumni share their science through published texts, conference presentations, journal articles, and through the media

Educational Outreach

Seminar Programs

SoMAS offers three regularly-scheduled seminar series during the semester. All talks are free and open to the public.

Oceans, Sustainability, and Atmospheres Colloquium (OSAC)
Fridays at noon in Endeavour Hall, Room 120

Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (TAOS)
Wednesdays at noon in Endeavour Hall, Room 120

Southampton East End  Lecture Series (EELS)
Usually the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm, when scheduled, at Duke Lecture Hall at Stony Book Southampton

The OSAC and TAOS seminars are hosted on the South Campus of Stony Brook University. The EELS is hosted on the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University.  

SoMAS faculty, staff, and students also give talks at several events on Long Island, including the "Geek Talks" series at übergeek Brewing, the Summer Lecture Series at the Montauk Lighthouse, and the "Meet an Oceanographer" series at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, NY. For the complete schedule, please visit our Facebook page.

Bay Scallop Bowl

The Bay Scallop Bowl is a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) held annually in New York. The bowl is hosted by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences(SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and takes place on the Stony Brook University campus on a Saturday in February or early March. The competition features teams of high school students competing for cash prizes and a chance to represent New York in the NOSB final competition.



Educational Field Trips / Vessel Charters

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences of Stony Brook University maintains a fleet of Research Vessels/ Boats ranging from 16 to 80 ft for scientific work, surveys, educational trips and charters. They are based at the Stony Brook University campus on the north shore of Long Island and at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on the south shore of Long Island. For more information on our vessels, visit our Research Vessels page, or contact:

Chris Harter
SoMAS Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000
Tel: 516-666-0569

Brian Gagliardi
SoMAS Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway  Southampton, NY 11968
Tel: 631-356-5769

Additionally, SoMAS operates other outreach efforts through our various facilities, including the Flax Pond Marine Laboratory, the Southampton Marine Sciences Center, and our Stony Brook campus location.

You may also find SoMAS at various events across Long Island at the NY Metro Area, including Beneath the Seas, the Maker Faire Long Island, Submerge, and Stony Brook University's CommUniversity Day.



Advisory Activities

Marine Resources Advisory Council

The Marine Resources Advisory Council was established by the New York State Legislature in 1987 to provide advice to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on issues pertaining to New York’s living marine resources and the fisheries these resources sustain. 

New York Marine Sciences Consortium

The New York Marine Sciences Consortium is an association of colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with expertise and interest in marine and/or coastal science. NYMSC is the voice of New York State’s marine science academic community, which strives to influence public policy, communicate science, and increase funding for the marine sciences within New York. Through research and education, NYMSC strives to find solutions to the challenges that New York’s coastal communities face.