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Collaborations

SEA faculty have formed many professional collaborations in scholarly research and in education and outreach activities that both enhance SEA Semester programs and contribute to the academic community at large.
 
In addition, SEA vessels serve as “ships of opportunity” to deploy instruments, provide valuable open ocean samples and supply data to collaborators from institutions around the world. SEA vessels routinely travel through regions not frequented by other research vessels, providing the opportunity to collect data in observation-sparse or remote areas, and to build long-term data sets on annually-repeated cruise tracks. The SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean and Mediterranean seas, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the North and South Pacific Oceans, are equipped with sophisticated oceanographic instrumentation and laboratory equipment that allow students, faculty, and visiting researchers alike to collect high quality oceanographic data. SEA routinely submits data to national and international archives for use by the broader oceanographic research community.

 
 

Research collaborations

Linda Amaral-Zettler, Marine Biological Laboratory
   - microbial ecology in the “Plastisphere”
   - biodiversity and systematics

Anthony Andrady, North Carolina State University and Helix Science
   - degradation and impacts of plastic marine debris

Lanna Cheng, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
   - ecology of the marine insect Halobates

Emelia DeForce, MO BIO Laboratories
   - abundance, distribution and impacts of plastic marine debris

Miriam Goldstein, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
   - distribution and impacts of plastic marine debris

Annette Govindarajan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  
   - biodiversity and systematics

John Hanning, Archimedes Aerospace
   - Unmanned Aerial Research Vehicle (UARV) development for marine science applications

Tobias Kukulka, University of Delaware
   - wind-driven turbulent mixing of microplastic marine debris

Lindsay Martin, Texas A&M University
   - Sargassum community diversity

Tracy Mincer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - microbial ecology in the “Plastisphere”

Clare Morrall, St. George’s University (Grenada)
   - microbial ecology in the “Plastisphere”

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Marine Debris Working Group
   - sources, abundance, distribution and impacts of marine debris

Giora Proskurowski, MarqMetrix
   - abundance, distribution and wind-driven vertical mixing of microplastic marine debris

Christopher M. Reddy, WHOI
   - abundance, distribution and characterization of microplastic marine debris

Nicole Trenholm and Matt Rutherford, Ocean Research Project
   - plastic marine debris sampling in remote areas
   - abundance, distribution and impacts of marine debris

 

Education and outreach collaborations

Michael Abazinge, Florida A&M University
   - undergraduate training programs in geosciences for underrepresented populations

Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends and Sound Seas
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Linda Amaral-Zettler, Marine Biological Laboratory
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
   - mentor for student research and internships

Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut
   - mentor for student research and internships

Paulinus Chigbu, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
   - undergraduate training programs in geosciences for underrepresented populations

Emelia DeForce, MO BIO Laboratories
   - education and outreach on plastic marine debris

Daniel Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation and Northeastern University
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Annette Govindarajan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
   - mentor for student research and internships

Ali B. Ishaque, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
   - undergraduate training programs in geosciences for underrepresented populations

Reza Khanbilvardi, City College of the City University of New York
undergraduate training programs in geosciences for underrepresented populations

Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Clare Morrall, St. George’s University (Grenada)
   - guest faculty for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
   - undergraduate training programs for underrepresented populations

Vernon Morris, Howard University
   - undergraduate training programs in geosciences for underrepresented populations

S. Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
   - guest scientist and Bermuda liaison for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Tiffany Smythe, University of Rhode Island
   - curriculum development and guest faculty for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

 

“Ship of Opportunity” collaborations

Argo network of profiling CTD floats, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
   - routinely deploy Argo floats on Pacific and Atlantic Ocean cruise tracks

Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ), a program of the Census of Marine Life
   - contributed zooplankton samples from Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Jeff Donnelly, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - collected sediment cores and meteorological data in French Polynesia

Casey Dunn, Brown University
   - collected Physalia physalis (Portuguese man o’war) for study of the morphology, evolution and development of siphonophores

Erica Goetze, University of Hawaii at Manoa
   - collected zooplankton for population genetics studies

Government of Kiribati
   - collected bathymetric data for redefinition of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundaries

Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
   - collected ocean microplastics for analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM), a program of the Census of Marine Life
   - contributed open ocean samples for genetic analysis of marine microbes

Kris Karnauskas, University of Colorado at Boulder
   - collected meteorological data near remote Pacific islands to improve climate model parameterizations

Marine Geoscience Data System
   - repository for published floating microplastics data collected in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and North and South Pacific Oceans

National Ocean Data Center (NODC)
   - repository for CTD data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
   - contributed biogeographic data for a variety of marine organisms

Ocean Genome Legacy
   - contribute marine tissue samples and genomic information to a genome bank

Richard Camilli, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - guest scientist, deployed custom instrumentation to detect underwater oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R)
   - contribute shipboard data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

SeaBASS, a NASA program
   - repository for optical data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans