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Invasive red seaweed spreading “everywhere,” LI researchers say


“This thing is everywhere,” said Christopher Gobler, a professor and research at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, noting that field studies as recently as Friday found it on the shore of Hecksher State Park. High levels of nitrogen and CO2 can fuel growth of the seaweed, Gobler said. “We think that combination could be driving the invasion of this seaweed.”

SBU’s David Thanassi finds possible target to treat bacteria in the kidney

Times Beacon Record

David Thanassi wants to give dangerous bacteria in the kidney a haircut. No, not exactly, but Thanassi, Zhang Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, has studied how hair-like structures called P pili in the bacteria Escherichia coli are assembled on the bacterial surface.

State of the University 2021: Q&A with President Maurie McInnis

Stony Brook Statesman

The Statesman met with University President Maurie McInnis this past weekend as she responds to questions and concerns from students, faculty and staff, in regards to the State of the University.

Stony Brook scientist: Algae blooms, dead zones are ‘new normal’ in East End waters

Suffolk Times

Conditions causing low oxygen and harmful algae blooms in Long Island waters — including on the East End — have become a “new normal,” according to this year’s water quality report from Stony Brook University scientist Christopher Gobler. From June through October, he reported, every major bay and estuary on Long Island suffered from toxic algae blooms and dead zones in a “dual assault of climate change and excessive nitrogen loading.”

Moderna, Johnson & Johnson next up to seek FDA approval for booster shots


Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, said research studies are underway to determine the immune response and efficacy of booster shots for the general population, including “when they get their booster, what their immune response was, how did they do before they got their booster, after their booster, so I think there’s a lot of data that is pending.”

Water, Water Everywhere – And Around LI, It’s Toxic

Innovate LI

Stony Brook University scientists have completed a comprehensive, months-long assessment of Long Island coastal waters. Unfortunately, the good news stops there.

Merck anti-COVID pill could have significant impact in pandemic fight, experts say


Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of the division of pediatric diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, said: “When we think about infections, we think about preventing them and we think about treating them. So both categories of medications are critical.”

Scientists raise concerns about trend of poor water quality on South Shore, Long Island Sound

News 12

Christopher Gobler, a professor with Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, says scientists are predicting storms will become more frequent, which is going to impact more than just fish in the area.

Heavy rains help to expand ‘dead zones’ in Long Island Sound, scientists say


And then, said Christopher Gobler, professor at Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, “These storms occurred and the dead zone expanded all across the Long Island Sound, from the city all the way well into central Suffolk.”

Environmental Experts Say Long Island Implementing Fixes To Improve Water Quality Following Troublesome Storms


Dr. Christopher Gobler and his Stony Brook University students discovered every major bay and estuary from Great Neck to East Hampton suffered with toxic algae or oxygen-starved waters this summer. They were made worse by storms Henri and Ida, when polluted runoff discharged into coastal water, killing sea life.


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