Parasites show

Huge success for Chris Brianik this week at the LI Aquarium. Big eyes and some winces and grimaces! But a lot to learn.

Small fish, bug worms

January 19, 2019 – Small fish, bug worms

Megan Hahn and Christopher Brianik, Stony Brook University. The world of creepy-crawlies parasites is just fascinating and they are all around us! Join us and meet local scientists to learn more about the parasites and microbiom found in local and distant fish.

Three spinned stickleback and its huge macroparasite (tapeworm).

Photo credit: Christopher Brianik. 


How Old is My Striped Bass?


December 15, 2018 – How Old is My Striped Bass?        

Zachary Schuller and Stephanie Rekemeyer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Striped bass is a valuable species for New York’s commercial and recreational fisheries. They spend the majority of their life in the ocean, returning to our local bays and rivers to spawn in the spring. Come learn how to age striped bass scales and learn how you can help contribute to management of this species.

Morone saxatilis SI2.jpgPhoto Credit: D Ross Robertson

November at the Aquarium Learning About the Sharks of Long Island

Life is Jawesome- Unless You’re a Shark!

November 10, 2018

Oliver Shipley, Stony Brook University. In the media, sharks have long been painted as terrifying, blood-thirsty killers, but they are definitively more than that. Meet with a local shark scientist and learn about the role of sharks in governing healthy marine ecosystems, and why we should care about conserving their populations.


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Which seafood to choose?

Last Saturday (10/2018), visitors of LIA found out that eating a lot of seafood might be an issue for their health. With the help of Maureen Murphy from SBU, they learnt how choose fish and shellfish wisely.


September 22, 2018 –WANTED! Oxygen

Luis Medina, Stony Brook University. You may have heard of “dead zones” in the ocean, but what does this mean? Meet with local scientist and find out why the ocean is running out of oxygen, what areas this is happening to and the potential impacts on your favorite marine organisms!


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Had a great time learning about skates, sharks, and the cool “mermaid purses” we all see at the beach with Lisa Crawford, Irvin Huang, Michael Clerkin.

You Are What You Eat: Pollution in the Marine Food Web

August 11, 2018

Lisa Crawford, Stony Brook University 

Everyone knows pollution is bad, but what happens when pollutants enter the ocean? Find out what happens to sharks, rays, and other marine critters when they are exposed to contaminants. Meet with a local marine biologist to learn about marine predators and the risks they face in the ocean.




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