Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leading non-profit, independent educational institution focused on environmental studies and the world’s oceans.
Founded 45 years ago (in 1971)
Based in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
One of six scientific research institutions in this vicinity
Full-time faculty in oceanography, history, anthropology, public policy, and nautical science
Dedicated to educating the next generation of ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders
SEA Semester is our flagship academic study abroad program.
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SEA in the News
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Allegheny College Student Sails with SEA to Study Human Impacts on Environment
March 25, 2019
SEA Semester in the News
Allegheny College Student Spending Semester Sailing through Waters of New Zealand
Allegheny College News
Allegheny College student Luke Kellett, an environmental studies major and political science minor from Pasadena, Maryland, is among a select group of 26 undergraduates from diverse U.S. institutions who are spending this semester sailing through the waters of New Zealand.
Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: 2019 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Begins Blog Posts
March 21, 2019
Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, has begun research on his project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an Expedition to Explore the Maritime History, Fortifications, and Lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.”
SEA Semester voyage with NASA scientist featured in New York Times
February 11, 2019
SEA Semester in the NEWS
A Young Island on Earth May Reveal Clues to How Water Shaped Mars
By Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times
Four years ago, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific, creating a new island. And NASA took notice.
SEA Semester / NASA research trip to Tonga reported by BBC
February 08, 2019
SEA Semester in the News
New Tonga island ‘now home to flowers and owls’
Scientists have found signs of life on one of the world’s newest islands, just four years after it was spawned by a volcanic eruption.
Unofficially known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, it lies in the kingdom of Tonga, and is already nurturing pink flowering plants, sooty tern birds, and even barn owls.
Tonga is made up of over 170 islands in the Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.
A team from the Sea Education Association and Nasa visited the small land mass in October, having previously kept watch through satellite imaging.
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