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April 25, 2003
Professor of Marine Science Honored by Long Island University for Outstanding Work

Christopher Gobler Gives Keynote Speech at 25th Annual Trustees Awards for Scholarly Achievement

Patricia Conway
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Christopher Gobler, a Marine Science Professor at Southampton College, received the Long Island University Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement (TASA) for 2003. He was honored this past week at the C.W. Post campus where he gave the keynote speech on destructive algal blooms and their effects on Long Island waters.

Each year Long Island University honors faculty members from its three main campuses for an outstanding scholarly achievement or a body of work accomplished during their lifetime. At 33, this is a distinguished honor for Gobler, who has concentrated his research on brown tide and the devastation it has caused on the bays and waterways of Long Island. He has been complimented on his work by former college professors, students and peers. His colleague, Southampton College Marine Science Professor Stephen Tettelbach, who has been involved with Gobler in a major study of hard clams in Long Island's south shore waters for the past several years remarked on Gobler's work: "Chris' involvement in the hard clam study was extremely valuable. His suggestions regarding the design for sampling phytoplankton communities was essential to discovering the key reason for the dire state of hard clams in Great South Bay."

Gobler earned his BS in Biology from the University of Delaware in 1992 and went on to earn an MS in Marine Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography from SUNY Stony Brook. Early in his career, he served as a research assistant in the College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware and the Marine Sciences Research Center at SUNY Stony Brook before taking a post as an adjunct assistant professor at Southampton College. In 1999 he joined the faculty at Southampton as a full-time Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Biology and currently serves as the Marine Science Program Coordinator. To keep close ties to his alma mater, he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Marine Science Research Center at SUNY Stony Brook.

Early last year, Gobler's findings on his brown tide research were published in top marine science journal "Limnology and Oceanography." In 2001, he was selected as one of 40 out of 200 applicants from around the world to present his work at a prestigious international conference in Bermuda specifically organized for new Ph.D.s.

Gobler, in a compatible setting to his life's work, lives on Flanders Bay with his wife, Dianna, and two children.