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SoMAS makes a splash with Best College for Marine Biology ranking

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STONY BROOK, NY, November 19, 2018 — The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY, was named the 4th Best College for Marine Biology by College Magazine, making it the only New York university in the rankings. Stony Brook’s program was regarded for its hands-on field research and experience in and around the Shinnecock Bay, the Peconic River and the greater Atlantic Ocean through the new Marine Science Center on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. The center aims to serve three purposes: education, research and outreach. By tying these three objectives together, Stony Brook students contribute to maintaining important New York  ecosystems by including the surrounding community in their research, and teaching them about their findings.

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Faculty and students in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, led by Dean Paul Shepson, are engaged in cutting edge research both locally and globally, ranging from organic and inorganic compounds in planktonic systems to global climate change and sea level rise, from marine conservation to severe storm forecasting, and more. The school offers a number of degrees, including bachelor’s degrees in marine sciences, marine vertebrate biology, coastal environmental studies, environmental studies, and in atmospheric and oceanic studies. The university also helps students explore new waters abroad with undergraduate and graduate courses in Cuba, Jamaica, Tanzania and the Bahamas.

About SoMAS

Somas3 1 internetThe School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is SUNY’s designated school for marine and atmospheric research, sustainability studies, education and public service.  SoMAS is one of the leading coastal oceanography institutions in the world and features classrooms on the water. The School also has a focus on studies 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 the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, 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 one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with nearly 26,000 students and more than 2,700 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 40 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 fuels Long Island’s economic growth. Its impact on the  Long Island economy amounts to $7.38 billion in increased output. 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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