David O. Conover, Ph.D., is Professor and Dean of the Marine Sciences Research Center and one of the world's leading experts on the ecology of marine fishes and fisheries science. In 1997-98, he was named as the first recipient of the Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries Ecology, a prestigious international award honoring those who have made major advances in the understanding of harvested marine resources. His most recent research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the New York Sea Grant Institute, involves determination of the long-term evolutionary (Darwinian) impacts of size-selective harvest regimes on the productivity of marine fish stocks. Much of his research involves species of great economic importance to New York such as bluefish, striped bass, and Atlantic silversides.
Specific areas of expertise: Marine Fisheries Science. Fish Ecology. Conservation of living marine resources.
Henry Bokuniewicz, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Marine Sciences Research Center. He has conducted studies on the behavior of coastal sedimentary systems and coastal groundwater hydrology. Much of his research is directly applicable to problems of coastal zone management. Other research centers around practical problems of groundwater seepage at the sea floor, shore erosion, dredging and the dispersal of dredged sediments, and marine mining.
Specific areas of expertise: Nearshore transport processes. Coastal groundwater hydrology. Coastal sedimentation. Marine geophyscis.
Malcolm Bowman, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Marine Sciences Research Center. His research interests include the dynamics of coastal fronts, eddies, island wakes, and coastal sea straits. He uses a combination of observations and model simulations to describe dynamically fundamental physical processes in shallow seas and estuaries, and how these processes control and influence the structure and production of the marine food chain from phtyplankton up to, and including, fish. Professor Bowman is also principal investigator of the Stony Brook Storm Surge Research Group, which develops and tests meteorological-ocean models to predict coastal storm surges.
Specific areas of expertise: Coast, ocean and estuarine dynamics; coastal storm surges.
Gordon Taylor, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Marine Sciences Research Center. His research activities include microbial mediation of biogeochemical trophic interactions among microorganisms (bacteria, protozoans, algae and viruses), and microbial biofouling, such as Brown Tide. His research also includes studies of microbiological and chemical exchange processes across interfaces and the diagenesis and microbial ecology of organic debris as it is transported from sites of production to sites of deposition.
Specific areas of interest: Marine microbiology. Microbial ecology. Marine biofouling.