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Amy Bower, PhD

Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Amy Bower’s groundbreaking research centers of deep ocean currents. Legally blind since her mid-20s, she uses adaptive technology and has become an advocate for the visually impaired.

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Zena Cardman

NASA Astronaut Candidate

SEA grad Zena Cardman’s career has ranged from the depths of the ocean to, more recently, the inky void of Outer Space. In 2017, she was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class, and began a two-year training program in August.  

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Mike Gil, PhD

Marine Biologist, TED Fellow

SEA Semester graduate Mike Gil is passionate about the ocean, and about sharing that passion with others. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Davis, Gil studies human impact on marine ecosystems, and how social interactions among fish that eat harmful algae can counteract coral reef degradation.

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Caleb McClennen, PhD

Vice President, Global Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society

A former student and teacher at SEA Semester, Dr. Caleb McClennen leads efforts at the Wildlife Conservation Society to address the root causes of environmental decline. His efforts are focused on climate change, economic and food security, and industrial development.  Caleb also plays a leadership role in expanding the reach of the WCS through strategic partnerships with NGOs, corporations, and philanthropic institutions.

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Leonard Pace

Science Program Manager, Schmidt Ocean Institute, SEA Overseer

As a graduate student, Leonard Pace’s research took him to South Africa, where he studied Great White Shark ecology, to Antarctica, where he studied Naked Dragonfish respiration. Following graduate school, he completed a John A. Knauss Fellowship and held positions with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Science Foundation. He is now the Science Program Manager for Schmidt Ocean Institute, overseeing oceanographic research projects aboard the R/V Falkor.

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Alex Prud'homme

Journalist and Author

As a journalist and investigative reporter, Alex has covered business, crime and politics for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time. As an author, his books focus mainly on culinary topics and the environment. He is best known as co-writer of Julia Child's memoir “My Life in France,” which partly inspired the film, "Julie & Julia."

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Rebecca Trinh

Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Working for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rebecca Trinh uses satellites to track wastewater plumes off the coast of Southern California. A graduate of S-242, Rebecca sailed from Honolulu to San Francisco. She writes: "The month onshore in Woods Hole, MA and the month out at sea were two of the most profound months I have yet to experience.... My time with SEA only strengthened my resolve to pursue oceanography as my career choice and to be an ocean researcher."

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