In Media: Legislator Anker Recognizes New York Sea Grant Specialists
Coastal Processes & Hazards - Press Release

(l-r): Elizabeth Hornstein, Legislator Sarah Anker, and Kathleen Michelle Fallon.

— From the Office of Sarah S. Anker, Suffolk County Legislator, Sixth District


Sarah Smith, E:, P: 631-854-1600

Kathleen Fallon, NYSG Coastal Processes & Hazards Specialist, P: 631-632-8730, E:

Elizabeth Hornstein, NYSG Sustainable and Resilient Communities Specialist — Suffolk County, P: 631-632-8730, E:

Stony Brook, NY, February 7, 2023 - Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker recently presented proclamations to Elizabeth Hornstein and Kathleen Michelle Fallon, Ph.D, two New York Sea Grant (NYSG) environmental sustainability experts.
“I sincerely appreciate the progress that these incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated researchers have accomplished. Elizabeth and Kathleen’s tireless work and innovative approaches have helped to address erosion and degradation in our ecosystem. Their passion and dedication is clearly shown through the results they produce,” said Legislator Anker. “I applaud New York Sea Grant for their continued mission to address coastal erosion, ocean pollution, and other environmental issues brought about by climate change.”
Kathleen Michelle Fallon, Ph. D, is working with NYSG as a Marine District Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist. She has 5 peer-reviewed publications, 20 extension publications, and has presented at 14 professional events throughout the United States, with the intention to bring national awareness to coastal erosion. Kathleen was instrumental in creating an interdisciplinary curriculum available in New York State public and privet schools to explore their role in plastic pollution, called Plastic Pollution and You. Kathleen has taught several courses at Stony Brook University, and has been awarded 10 grants to further her research.
Elizabeth Hornstein is a Sustainable and Resilient Communities Extension Professional with NYSG, based at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Elizabeth works to support Suffolk County communities in the Long Island Sound watershed by helping advance sustainability and resilience planning, and implementation of projects. Elizabeth has a master’s degree in Marine Science from Stony Brook University and over 10 years of experience working on a wide range of marine and coastal issues. She has collaborated with all levels of government, academic institutions, environmental groups, businesses, fishermen, and community members to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.
The goal of Kathleen and Elizabeth’s work is to help communities anticipate and overcome disturbances caused by a changing climate, including sea level rise and extreme events. They continue to partner with Legislator Anker to provide education and resources for communities dealing with coastal erosion along Long Island’s north shore.
NYSG is a statewide network of integrated research, education, and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources. NYSG is a federal/state matching funds program. The program uses input from stakeholders and the research community to advance state-of -the-art research and coastal management, for the benefit of New York’s varied coastal environments and communities.
For more information on NYSG, please contact NYSG at 631-632-8730, or visit

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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