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2016 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Final Report
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Ex.Ex.Redux: Elsaesser Fellowship winner Timothy Dwyer retraces path of 1841 US Exploring Expedition
This past summer, Timothy Dwyer (W-160), the recipient of the 2016 Elsaesser Fellowship, assembled a crew of adventurers to follow in the path of Captain Charles Wilkes and the United States Exploring Expedition of 1841 (the Ex.Ex.) through Pacific Northwest waters.
The Ex.Ex was the first global oceanic voyage of exploration, and the drawings and collections from the Ex.Ex. became the foundation of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. Timothy and his crew sailed his 35-foot sloop, Whistledown, through the same waters, and redocumented the natural history of the Salish Sea. His goal was to fill in the blanks of Wilkes' historic ecological survey using modern survey equipment.
Whistledown crewmember Megan Cook (S-215) created an expedition website with a vivid narrative and stunning photos. Tim's final report provides details about the original Ex. Ex. as well as his own expedition, and offers advice for future Elsaesser Fellows. (See sidebar.)
The Elsaesser Fellowship was established in 1987 in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III, who taught Martitime Studies at SEA Semester and studied aboard the SSV Westward. It's intended to support one person each year to investigate a marine or maritime subject of personal interest, and to follow a dream that has been elusive due to the demands of work or study. Projects must be unrelated to the recipient's current professional activities and reflect a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge. SEA faculty, staff, former employees and alumni are eligible.
In so many ways, Tim's expedition fully embodies everything that the Elsaesser Fellowship was established to achieve. We hope you'll enjoy and appreciate the remarkable results of Tim's Ex.Ex!