Long Island Field Trip, August 2013

All the participants gathered at the marina before the hydrological survey in the Great South Bay

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Aug 16, 2013

  • Departed from Columbia University
  • Stony Brook University: Department of Geosciences, School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Ashley Schiff Park Preserve
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory: The National Synchrotron Light Source, The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and STAR detector

Day 2 - Aug 17, 2013
  • Dowling College: Center for Estuarine, Environmental and Coastal Oceans Monitoring, Horseshoe Crab research Lab 
  • Oceanographic survey in the Great South Bay: depth, water clarity, water quality sampling, water temperature, salinity and oxygen.
  • Heckscher State Park

Day 3 - Aug 18, 2013
  • Fire Island and Sunken Forest
  • Back to Columbia University

Seminar Topics

Student-organized seminars were carried out before the trip so that participants gained the necessary background knowledge for locations visited during the field trip. Each student prepared a 30-40 minute presentation to the rest of the group on a chosen topic of interest, including: General geology of Long Island, Climate in greater New York area and Long Island, Storm surges: past events and future mitigations, Oceanographic environment of Great South Bay, Biogeochemical and molecular insights into brown tides in the Great South Bay, The unique ecosystem of the Fire Island with the 250 year old maritime forest, The living fossil on the beach of Fire Island--Horseshoe Crab, et al.  

Field guide

The field guide, prepared following the trip, provides background information about the Long Island climate and marine environment as well as the details of the visited sites during the trip.

Download the Long Island Field Guide