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Research at SEA Semester

Undergraduate research is a cornerstone of SEA Semester, with an emphasis on field-based study in the marine and social sciences. SEA faculty and staff are active in their respective fields through grant-funded research projects, participation in professional conferences, and publication in scholarly journals.

Faculty encourage SEA Semester students to contribute new aspects to ongoing research or to develop their own avenues of inquiry, as they guide students through the entire research process from defining the scope of study to final presentation of their work. Many students continue their research upon return to their home institutions, using the field data collected at SEA as the basis of capstone or senior thesis projects. Others remain involved in the research they contributed to during their time at SEA and are subsequently invited as co-authors on presentations and publications resulting from their work. 

We invite you to explore the major avenues of research conducted by SEA Semester students and SEA faculty and staff.


Recent SEA Research in the News

Below are highlights from recent SEA research. To view all of our research-related news, click here.

Plastic Pollution@SEA:  National Academy of Sciences Releases a Congressionally Mandated Report

Posted on: December 02, 2021

The bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, passed into law in December 2020, called for this report on the U.S. contribution to global ocean plastic waste and its role in addressing plastic waste.

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First Morning Deployment

Posted on: June 28, 2021
By: Sophie “Supi” Vallas, 1st Assistant Scientist, B Watch

This morning was our first official morning station. It started with Haylie going around collecting Secchi bets.

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Protection of the High Seas

Posted on: April 25, 2021
By: Daviana Berkowitz-Sklar & Martha Stevens, Yale University & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The oceans are essential to our planet and our lives. They provide oxygen in the air we breathe, food for millions, a habitat for aquatic species, and magnificent beauty, as well as many other benefits to humankind.

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Rocking and Rolling Around Florida

Posted on: April 24, 2021
By: Ava Kiss, A-Watch, Cornell University

Slept through breakfast for a whopping 10 hours of sleep last night! Much needed after a night full of processing Neuston tow contents during lab Dawn Watch the morning before followed by a night watch shift on deck.

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Partners in Research

Posted on: April 27, 2020
By: Monica Bowman, Director of Stewardship
SEA Semester

In addition to coordinating SEA’s assistant scientist team, SEA’s Science Program Coordinator Kimberly Reed Nutt oversees SEA’s oceanographic database and processes requests for use of data collected during SEA programs from interested students and collaborating research scientists.  Over the past 50 years, SEA has sailed extensively in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and collected data on annually recurring cruise tracks, allowing us to investigate ocean questions over time.

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