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Nationally Renowned Climate Change Expert Named SoMAS Dean

Dean paul shepson

Nationally Renowned Climate Change Expert Named SoMAS Dean

Paul B. Shepson of Purdue to Join Stony Brook on July 2

Paul B. Shepson

February 12, 2018


Paul B. Shepson

, the 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

, has been named Dean of

Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

(SoMAS) announced Michael Bernstein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Stony Brook University. Selected after a national search for a new SoMAS dean Shepson’s tenure starts on
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 stint with Mobil Oil Corporation, obtained a research position in the Atmospheric Sciences Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  He was appointed Professor of Chemistry at York University in Toronto, during which time he was appointed Director of the York Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry. In 1994, Shepson joined the faculty at Purdue University, where he rose in the academic ranks, and in he was as Head of the Department of Chemistry. Shepson also became  founding Director of the

Purdue Climate Change Research Center


As a scientific researcher, Shepson focuses on issues related to the exchange of gases between the surface and the atmosphere in a variety of environments, such as the Arctic and other coastal marine environments, urban environments, and mid-latitude forests. His research methods involve the construction of unusual platforms from which to study the atmosphere, including tethered balloons, ice-tethered buoys, and the utilization of his research group’s aircraft, the

Airborne Laboratory for Atmospheric Research

(a Beechcraft Duchess Light Twin).  

Paul Shepson brings a unique blend of public service administration, scientific research, higher education scholarship and administration to this position, which is a real advantage for our students and faculty,” said Bernstein. “His distinguished career in the field of atmospheric sciences and his passion for understanding and communicating about climate change and its impacts and related constructive problem solving will help elevate our already distinguished School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences to greater heights.”

The author and co-author of over 215 scientific publications, Shepson is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2015, he received the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology.


About the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is SUNY’s designated school for marine and atmospheric research, education and public service. SoMAS is one of the leading coastal oceanography institutions in the world and features classrooms on the water. The School is also the focus for the study of atmospheric sciences and meteorology and includes the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Institute for Particle-Related Environmental Processes, Living Marine Resources Institute, Waste Reduction and Management Institute and Long Island Groundwater Research Institute.

About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.

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