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June 22, 2018

Final Reflections

Mikaela Yuchen Wang, B Watch, the George Washington University


Hello everyone! Welcome to the last student blog from PRX 280. I am Mikaela, originally from Beijing and I go to school in Washington D.C.

After more than ten days of sailing, we reached Hawaii and anchored in the Auau Channel off the town of Lahaina of Maui Island.

June 21, 2018

Sailing for Seaweed in the Sargasso Sea…

Dani Hanelin, Alena Anderson, and Jenny Renee

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SEA Semester students of the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program (Class C-279) recently completed their research voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York, with a stop in Bermuda. The program culminated with several weeks on the Woods Hole campus, and presentation of student research at the Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium.  As part of their curriculum, students prepared press releases describing their research. These releases will be published here, on the SEA Currents blog, over the course of the next two weeks.

June 20, 2018

John K. Bullard Diversity Award Recognizes Onjalé Scott and Scott Branco

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The John K. Bullard Diversity Award, given every other year to an individual in the Woods Hole community who plays a significant role in making the community more inclusive and more welcoming of people of all backgrounds, was presented yesterday at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole to Onjalé Scott and Scott Branco.

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June 19, 2018

SEA President Peg Brandon Named as Aspen Fellow

Congratulations to SEA President Peg Brandon, who has been selected as an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Aspen Fellow for the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival to be held June 24-27.

According to a release by the Aspen Institute, the Fellows were selected from a competitive field of nominees of national leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, the CEO of the Alcoa Corporation from 1907 - 1948.

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June 19, 2018


Natalie Renfro, C Watch, Purdue University


As we near the end of our trip, I can’t help but reflect on all the things we have seen, done, and felt. As we look towards Hawaii, a common sentiment among my peers is a little homesickness and awe at how far each of us has come as individuals and as a group. I think it is safe to say that this voyage has been life changing.

June 18, 2018

Boat Time

Melissa Hughes, Professor of Biology, College of Charleston

Sometime in the night, the engines were turned off; when I joined my fellow B-watchers on deck at 10 minutes before midnight, we were sailing! (We’ve had beautiful weather but little wind on this voyage, so this was our first watch without the engines.)

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June 17, 2018

Day in the Life of Tiff

Tiff Croucher, B Watch, Eckerd College


Hi guys it’s Tiff again.

Highlights of my week are as follows: I solidified my commitment to getting an octopus tattoo when I held baby octopuses in my hand at Kiritimati Island, feeling as if they were my own children. Will I become the new crazy octopus lady rather than the crazy cat lady?

June 17, 2018

On Father’s Day

Dr. John “Jack” Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Unity College


It’s Father’s Day and my anniversary – so Laura, love of my life, this is for you.

Last night, following our watch, I stood, staring at sunset, sipping spiced tea over stories of adventure. As you know, I get lost in such talk, and as expected, it was hard to say goodnight, especially when fresh conversation and inspiration washes in on the deck with the next watch.

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June 16, 2018

Allure of the sea

Ziyad Johnstone, A Watch, Saint John's College


Today I sought solitude with the intention of seeing where my thoughts might lead. I climbed atop where the sails were only an arm’s length away. I sat there and took in the imagery of the ocean, letting the boat rock me from side to side.

June 16, 2018

Saturday—the day of feasting!

Jack Fitch, Assistant Dean of Admission, Hamilton College

We started the day today with a breakfast feast at 0620 and 0700 hours before mustering on deck for safety drills. We performed three safety drills with our watches before getting underway and heading east out of Vineyard Haven towards the Atlantic Ocean.

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