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Jan

11

Furman Features Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Setting sail to study one of Earth’s last coral wildernesses”
By Erikah Haavie | Jan. 11, 2016

Sam Hill ’16 didn’t see as many neighbors as he’d hoped during his 1,600-mile summer sailing trip.

“From Hawaii to the equator, there was nothing but a turtle and a pod of whales,” said Hill, a computer science major from Richmond, Va.

As part of an eight-week Sea Education Association program, “Protecting the Phoenix Islands,” Hill spent six weeks sailing aboard the 134-foot-long Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans, from Honolulu to the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati and on to American Samoa.


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Aug

13

Summer SEA Semester Student Featured by Andover Newspaper

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Adventure on the high seas”
by Shannon Flynn, The Andover Townsman | Aug. 13, 2015

Emily Callan, an Andover High School graduate, has served many positions aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans from assistant steward in the galley to helmsman. But her favorite, she says, is lookout.

“When you are on lookout, you stand at the bow with the winds in your face keeping an eye on the horizon for any signs of other ships or incoming squalls. Most of the time, you are the only one out there which makes it very peaceful,” she wrote in a blog post from July 14.

The 21-year old, University of South Carolina senior is aboard an eight-week voyage to the Phoenix Islands where she and 21 other students are studying the remote area of the Pacific Ocean.

Read the full story here.

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Aug

12

Denison University Spotlights Phoenix Islands Summer Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Denison University Student Erica Schulz ‘17 Does Research with SEA Semester”
Denison University | Aug. 12, 2015

GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University student Erica Schulz ’17 is sailing with the SEA Semester program aboard one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. The biology major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is gathering data that has the potential to make real and lasting contributions to the limited knowledge about one of the last remaining coral wilderness areas on Earth.

Read the full story here.

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Aug

12

Ahoy friends & family

Samantha Schildroth, University of New England
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Students aboard the Robert C. Seamans are currently busy finishing project work with the help of our dear friend caffeine. Amidst the “end of the semester frenzy,” we have reached the island of Tutuila, American Samoa, and are keeping a 3 nm mile distance off as we prepare to enter our final destination at Pago Pago Harbor in the coming days.

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Aug

11

Science

Christina Quinn, Sewanee: The University of the South
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

We will be casting our last science deployment in the morning, American Samoa is just over the horizon, and we are looking out for shipping lanes. The end of the trip is drawing near, and it seems like it came slowly until it came all at once.

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Aug

10

An Update from S-261

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Dear Readers of our Blog,

First off, everything is well on board the ship.  The absence of entries in the past few days are the result of many competing deadlines as our voyage is starting to draw to a close.  Papers are due in just two day, student presentations will occur tomorrow and so the dedication to blog writing has taken a decided hit.  So let me recap the past few days.

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Aug

06

The Wake Up of All Wake Ups

Julia Chavarry, Johns Hopkins
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

This morning I was greeted with the wakeups of all wakeups.

When you live aboard a ship where everyone has a different schedule, setting any sort of alarm would just result in an alarm ringing every 30 minutes and no one would get any sleep at all. The solution to this is to have your fellow shipmates wake you up before watch or any all hands meeting. Today I was assistant steward, which meant that I got an extra two hours of sleep, and the pleasure of being awoken by my one and only Starboard Watch.

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Aug

05

Land Ho! Nikumaroro.

Will Godsey, Sewanee: The University of the South
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today we reached the last island on our voyage through the Phoenix Islands Protected Area: Nikumaroro. I woke up at around 11:30 and went up on deck to see and island covered with a dense canopy of coconut trees a little over 1 nautical mile away. The sky was overcast and the waves a little choppy but we were all excited to see a new place to explore. Unfortunately we could not go ashore today.

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Aug

04

The Cast of Baewatch

Madeline Schuldt, Bowdoin College
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Writing this, I realize that time has very much escaped me. It could be any month, any day, even any year and I would not know. Yes, of course I hear rumors of how many days are left and how many weeks we have been on the boat, but the way I think about time, if I even consider it at all, is very different. Time has become a nearly nonexistent, foreign concept.

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Aug

02

Cookin’ with Shelby

Erica Schulz, Denison University
Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Cooking has always been something I’ve been fascinated with. I like to eat good food and I like to know how it’s created.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a wonderful mother who cooks the most delicious food in the world and in twenty years I’ve only learned a handful of her tricks but I’m hoping to learn many more as I cook with her in upcoming years.

On the Robert C. Seamans we have plenty deck and lab time but what most of you sleeping on land might not know is that we have plenty of tasty food too.

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