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Sea Education Association Research

Funded Projects

SEA faculty serve as principal investigators on a variety of projects funded by federal agencies and private foundations.  A selection of funded projects is listed here.


2015

Paulinus Chigbu, Reza Khanbilvardi, Michael Abazinge, Vernon Morris, Ali Ishaque and Erik Zettler:  “Strengthening Pathways into Geosciences through Linkages between Summer Bridge and Undergraduate Training Programs”, $474,909, National Science Foundation, 2015-2018.

Amy N. S. Siuda: “In Support of the 2016 SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Culminating Student Symposium”, $15,000, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, 2015.


2014

Amy N. S. Siuda: “In Support of the 2015 SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Culminating Student Symposium”, $15,000, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, 2014.

Amy N. S. Siuda and Annette Govindarajan: “Population Connectivity of the Sargassum epibiont Clytia noliformis in the Sargasso Sea: Supporting Evidence for Conservation Measures”, $7,537, New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund, 2014-2016.


2013

Amy N. S. Siuda: “In Support of the 2014 SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Culminating Student Symposium”, $15,000, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, 2013.

Amy N. S. Siuda, Anthony Andrady, and Kara Lavender Law:  “Investigating Selective Grazing by Copepods of Virgin and Weathered Microplastics Contaminated with PBT Substances”, $117,751, NOAA Marine Debris Program, 2013-2015.

Kara Lavender Law, Anthony Andrady and Giora Proskurowski:  “Physical and Chemical Degradation of Plastics in the Marine Environment”, $575,135, National Science Foundation, 2013-2016.


2012

Amy N. S. Siuda: “In Support of the 2013 SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Culminating Student Symposium”, $15,000, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, 2012.

Amy N. S. Siuda: “New Initiative Project – The Biogeography of Leptocephali Species in the Sargasso Sea”, $2,368, Woods Hole Sea Grant, 2012.

Erik Zettler, Tracy Mincer and Linda Amaral-Zettler: “Collaborative Research: Microbial Interactions with Marine Plastic Debris: Diversity, Function and Fate”, $300,311, National Science Foundation, 2012-2015.

Jeff Schell, Amy N. S. Siuda and Deb Goodwin: “Enhancing a Multidisciplinary Curriculum with Innovative Cross-disciplinary Teaching”, $66,566, Davis Educational Foundation, 2012-2014.

Amy N. S. Siuda: “In Support of the 2012 SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Culminating Student Symposium”, $15,000, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, 2012.

Giora Proskurowski, Kara Lavender Law and Tobias Kukulka:  “The Effect of Wind-driven Mixing on Observations of Plastic Marine Debris: Modeling, Verification and Reanalysis”, $61,521, NOAA Marine Debris Program, 2012-2013.


2011

Amy N. S. Siuda, Linda Amaral-Zettler, Erik Zettler, Caleb McClennen and John Jensen: “Biodiversity in the Global Ocean – Incorporating Molecular Biology in Field-based Approaches to Undergraduate Studies of Marine Conservation”, $203,247, National Science Foundation, 2011-2014.

Amy N. S. Siuda: “Environmental Trends in the Sargasso Sea Detectable through the Multi-decadal Series of SEA Neuston Tows”, $13, 282, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Sargasso Sea Alliance, 2011.


2005 to 2010

Kara Lavender Law and Giora Proskurowski:  “Measuring Plastic Debris in the North Atlantic Ocean”, $152,294, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA Marine Debris Program, 2010-2011.

Erik Zettler, Paul Joyce and Mary Engels: “Sonar Electronics Replacement for Vessels Corwith Cramer and Robert Seamans”, $10,450, National Science Foundation, 2010-2011.

Paul Joyce: “2009 Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment”, $18,000, National Science Foundation, 2009-2011.

Christopher Reddy and Kara Lavender Law: “Exploring a Long-term Record of Plastic Pollution in the North Atlantic”, $33,090, National Science Foundation, 2008-2010.

David Hyrenbach and Kara Lavender Law: “North Pacific Plastic Debris and Seabird Research Cruise”, $39,863, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA Marine Debris Program, 2008-2009.

Erik Zettler: “Documenting Inherent Optical Properties along Repeated Cruise Tracks in the Atlantic and Pacific by SEA Vessels”, $68,050, NASA, 2007-2010.


2000 to 2005

Paul Joyce: “Acquisition of Oceanographic Sampling Equipment for the Sea Education Association’s Research Vessel, SSV Corwith Cramer”, $378,394, 2002-2004.

Paul Joyce: “Scientific Equipment for Sea Education Association’s New Oceanographic Research Vessel”, $450,000, National Science Foundation, 2001-2003.


Prior to 2000

Paul Joyce, Cheryl Peach and Audrey Meyer: “Research at SEA: Teaching Science Through Investigative-Learning Experiences”, $431,850, National Science Foundation, 1998-2004.

Paul Joyce, Audrey Meyer and John Wigglesworth: “Sea Experience: A Theoretical and Practical Summer Programs of Teacher Enhancement in Marine Science”, $1,017,028, National Science Foundation, 1993-1999.

Paul Joyce: “Sampling Equipment for the Vessels Corwith Cramer and Westward”, $46,386, National Science Foundation, 1993-1995.

Beth Schwarzman, John Wigglesworth and Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens: “Investigating the Feasibility of SEA Providing a Program for Preservice Teachers”, $47,152, National Science Foundation, 1992-1994.

Paul Joyce: “Sea Experience: A Theoretical and Practical Summer Program of Teacher Enhancement in Marine Sciences”, $329,433, National Science Foundation, 1990-1993.

Susan Humphris: “Upgrading the Oceanographic Gear of the R/V Westward: A Multi-User, Multi-Component System”, $186,381, National Science Foundation, 1988-1990.

Susan Humphris: “SEA Experience: A Theoretical and Practical Summer Program of Teacher Enhancement in Marine Sciences”, $155,000, National Science Foundation, 1987-1990.

Susan Humphris: “A Multi-User, Multi-Component System of Oceanographic Gear for the New Vessel, The Corwith Cramer”, $215,000, National Science Foundation, 1987-1989.