The Gobler Lab is engaged in multiple research and monitoring projects supported by grants and contracts from federal, state, and local agencies as well as from several foundations.  Below we highlight some of these projects and facilities that support those projects.

The Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center

Stony Brook Southampton Marine Sciences Center is located across the street from the Gobler Laboratory and represents an invaluable resource for the research performed by our group.  The Center is host to a fleet of research vessels that provide access to all of the major coastal ecosystems around Long Island.  The new, $10M marine sciences laboratory includes a 2,000 square foot flowing seawater laboratory where we rear dozens of cultures of phytoplankton and zooplankton and multiple species of bivalves and finfish, providing multiple life stages of these animals available for experiments.  Within the lab, we have perfected experimental chambers for exploring the effects of acidification, hypoxia, temperature changes, and nutrient loading on a variety of organisms from algae to fish.



The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University

Dr. Gobler is the Director of New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University which was founded in 2015 to develop innovative solutions that will protect surface and drinking waters regionally and globally.



The Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance (LICCRA)

Founded by Dr. Gobler and The Tamarind Fondation in 2003 to conduct research which will assist in protecting and restoring Long Island’s coastal ecosystems.

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News 12 Long Island Water Quality Index

The nation’s first ever on-air, TV water quality report, featured in the NY Times in 2016. The Gobler Laboratory continuously monitors dozens of locations across Long Island from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the results being reported live during weather reports to inform the public about the quality of the water around Long Island.

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Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP)

Founded by Dr. Gobler in 2012 to combat the deterioration of Shinnecock Bay. Our goal is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay.
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Georgica Pond Project

The Gobler laboratory studies dozens of estuaries across NY state.  None is more dynamic nor unique than Georgica Pond.  This coastal pond is opened to the Atlantic Ocean several times annually but closes in weeks to months after each opening.  When closed in summer, it suffers from toxic cyanobacterial blooms and macroalgae blooms.  The Gobler laboratory is engaged in a major study of this ecosystem.


Aureococcus Genome

The Aureococcus genome was the first sequenced for any harmful algal bloom (HAB) species.  Through analysis of the Aureococcus genome and its use in subsequent transcriptomic studies, have gleaned information regarding mechanisms involved in HAB formation and cessation.