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Collaborative Programs


Collaborative Programs



Stanford@SEA consists of five weeks of marine science, including oceanography, marine physiology, maritime studies (literature, conservation, and policy), and nautical science at Hopkins Marine Station. Onshore course work is followed by five weeks at sea aboard SEA's Pacific research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. The shore component is composed of three multidisciplinary courses meeting daily and continuing aboard ship. Students develop an independent research project plan while ashore, and carry out the research at sea on cruise tracks in the Pacific Ocean.

Instrumental in developing this collaboration is Stanford professor Barbara Block (W-49), a leading expert on the physiology, ecology and evolution of tuna, billfish and mackerel sharks. As a SEA Semester alumna, Dr. Block wanted to provide the same opportunity to her students that she had had at SEA.

For more information, visit the Stanford@SEA website.

MIT/WHOI Joint Program


In 1968, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative academic program leading to graduate degrees in oceanography and ocean engineering. The Joint Program in Biological Oceanography offers a unique opportunity for training and research in areas that combine observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to the study of biological systems. Graduate students have access to the facilities and expertise in biological oceanography at WHOI and in cell biology and molecular biology at MIT. New MIT/WHOI Joint Program students spend 10 days on the SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA's Atlantic research vessel, as part of their orientation.

For more information, visit MIT/WHOI Joint Program website.

Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences – Undergraduate Field Trip


At the beginning of certain academic semesters, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) will offer an undergraduate field trip aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Sophomore EPS concentrators will be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art research tools available aboard the ship. All expenses are covered by the EPS department.

Sample Research Activities:

  • Seafloor mapping and bottom topography
  • Analysis of water column structure in terms of temperature, salinity, nutrients, and currents
  • Microscopic examination of phytoplankton
  • Introduction to Celestial Navigation

For more information, visit Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Website

Williams-Mystic (Field Seminars)


Each semester, Williams-Mystic students and faculty embark on a 10-day voyage aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship. The Williams-Mystic Offshore Field Seminar is designed to complement the Mystic curriculum by exposing students to a broad scope of experiences at sea. Even those who have never set foot on a boat before this offshore challenge learn to sail a traditional tall ship and get a salty taste of what life at sea is all about.

The fall semester voyage departs from coastal New England in early September. The destinations include the murky but productive waters of George’s Bank, a “warm core ring” of near-tropical waters spun off from the Gulf Stream.

The spring semester voyage takes place in February in the Caribbean Leeward Islands, providing the opportunity to contrast the Caribbean waters and the chance to snorkel on a coral reef, learn Caribbean history, and sample island culture at remote cays. We sail aboard the vessels of the Sea Education Association.