Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leading non-profit, independent educational institution focused on environmental studies and the world’s oceans.
Founded 45 years ago (in 1971)
Based in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
One of six scientific research institutions in this vicinity
Full-time faculty in oceanography, history, anthropology, public policy, and nautical science
Dedicated to educating the next generation of ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders
SEA Semester is our flagship academic study abroad program.
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SEA in the News
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Wellesley Student’s SEA Internship Focuses on Plastics Pollution
August 14, 2017
Madeline Hughes, SEA Single-Use Plastics Reduction (SUPR) Intern
Eight weeks ago I was driving cross-country to claim my title as Single-Use Plastics Reduction (SUPR) Intern for the Sea Education Association (SEA) NOAA Marine Debris collaboration. Upon arrival, one of my first tasks was renaming our project. While SUPR (pronounced super) Intern was catchy and drew coveted connections between Wonder Woman and myself, it wasn’t exactly informative of my job or earthly abilities. SUPR soon became Trash Shouldn’t Splash, a campaign that officially launches on August 12th 2017 at the Woods Hole Science Stroll.
Trash Shouldn’t Splash is a collaborative project by SEA, Falmouth Water Stewards’ Skip the Straw, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. It aims to reduce the amount of plastic trash in the ocean by decreasing the use of one-time plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, and take out containers. Launching off President Obama’s Executive Order 13707: Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People, I’ve been building an annotated bibliography to survey social norm research. This ongoing project will be a valuable tool when the grant work has been completed.
SEA Semester Grad Makes Waves in the Science of 3D Printing
August 11, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
Chemist Johanna Schwartz ‘10 featured by Women in 3D Printing
Simon’s Rock News
Chemist Johanna Schwartz, a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and SEA Semester (Ocean Exploration, C-246), was recently featured in her alumni magazine in recognition of her achievement in the science of 3D printing.
Here’s an excerpt:
Johanna always had an interest in science, but when she came to Simon’s Rock, she honed in on chemistry, with biology as her second concentration. She could learn from faculty in all fields and when it came to science, she could try a lot of different subjects and types of research while focusing on chemistry. “It seems that whatever chemistry class I would or could offer, she would take,” said Professor David Myers.
In spring 2013, Johanna took part in the 12-week SEA Semester Ocean Exploration program, which included six weeks aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Participating in a semester at sea “broadened Johanna’s scope and brought her to the idea of synthesis of natural products, a research interest of mine since my sabbatical in Australia,” David said.
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American University Students Sail to Phoenix Islands Protected Area
August 07, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
CAS Students Sail the Pacific for Science
American University News
By Patty Housman
What a way to spend your summer vacation—sailing halfway around the world to study the spectacular Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean, one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.
And the best part—it’s all for the advancement of science.
Two CAS undergrads, Devin Kuhn (BS neuroscience ‘20) and Jacob Atkins (BS mathematics and economics ‘20), are taking part in an eight-week SEA Semester program named Protecting the Phoenix Islands. Along with 24 undergraduate students from universities across the United States, Kuhn and Atkins are sailing on a tall ship and conducting scientific research to contribute to a growing data set of this largely under-studied region.
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URI Students Sail to Phoenix Islands to Study Effects of Climate Change
July 19, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
URI students sail to remote Pacific islands to study effect of climate change on coral reefs
Two University of Rhode Island students are sailing to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean to study any damage to coral reefs from climate change.
Hailey Simpson, of Rochester, N.Y., who has her B.S. in Ocean Engineering and is earning her master’s degree in Oceanography, and Kyle Alvanas, of Portsmouth, who will graduate next year with a degree in marine affairs, are among 24 students from American colleges conducting research in this largely under-studied region.
Simpson and Alvanas are making the voyage with Sea Education Association, or SEA Semester, an internationally recognized program that combines classroom learning on shore at Woods Hole, Mass., with study aboard a research vessel.
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