SEA Currents: Sep 2015
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land”
by Erika Haavie, Furman University | Sept. 30, 2015
While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research project.
Greetings from Barcelona! The students have all safely arrived onboard, and general ship orientation and safety instruction is well underway! After yesterday’s welcome by our captain Elliot Rappaport and an explanation of the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) status of the Corwith Cramer, students were introduced to the professional crew and organized into their respective A, B, and C Watch groups. And so begins their acclimation to the culture, customs, and language onboard a scientific, sailing vessel that will continue for the next six weeks!
The time is 2307. My watch and I have just been relieved by night watch, and we have had an incredible day. Today was our second day in American Samoa, though that only lasted until about 1400 when we got underway to sail to Samoa. Our morning was spent training for emergencies-such as Man Over board, and learning how to use important pieces of equipment such as the J-frame (used for science deployments) and harnesses (used to keep us safe in places on the boat where we need our hands free).
We’re delighted to announce that a paper co-authored by SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography Dr. Deb Goodwin was named today to a list of Top Marine Biology Papers by PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal in biology, life sciences, and medicine.
The students of SEA Semester class S-262, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems, are all safely aboard the Robert C. Seamans. They will spend some time becoming oriented with their new home before beginning their ocean voyage. Watch this blog for updates from the students & crew over the coming weeks.
The students of SEA Semester class C-262, The Global Ocean: Europe, are all safely aboard the Corwith Cramer. They will spend some time becoming oriented with their new home before beginning their ocean voyage. Watch this blog for updates from the students & crew over the coming weeks.
For the past 45 years, Sea Education Association (SEA) has worked to develop the next generations of ocean stewards, scholars, and leaders. On undergraduate SEA Semester voyages around the globe, we encourage our students not only to study the science under the surface, but also to understand the nuances of historic and cultural relationships between coastal communities and their local waters.
Safeguarding the health of our oceans for future generations is no simple matter, but we view smart policymaking as a key tool for preserving their rich heritages and regional identities. For example, in our Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program each spring, we have asked our students to devise recommendations for protecting the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean that may inform real-world plans.
Our latest foray into marine policy involves an ongoing debate near our own marine “backyard:” whether to grant permanent, holistic protections to the Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine and the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area along the southern New England coast.
The students of C-262, The Global Ocean: Europe, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Barcelona, Spain by September 29th. After port stops in Mallorca, Cadiz, and Madeira, they will arrive in the Canary Islands around November 8th.
The students of S-262, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa by September 28th. After port stops in Wallis & Futuna and Fiji, they will arrive in Auckland, New Zealand around November 9th.
For the 2015-16 school year, SEA Semester welcomes several new faculty to our roster. Periodically, we’ll introduce them to you on this blog.
First up: Meet Dr. Jeff Wescott, our new Assistant Professor of Anthropology.