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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Grinnell College Student Experiences Natural Wonders, Natural Tragedy in New Zealand
May 24, 2019
SEA Semester in the NEWS
“Student Experiences Natural Wonders, National Tragedy in New Zealand”
by Phuc Huynh Le ’22
Grinnell College News
Standing watch on a 134-foot-long sailboat from 1 to 7 a.m., Isaac Ferber sighted what appeared to be a fast line of light traveling near the ocean surface off the coast of New Zealand.
“It was cloudy that night. I heard what sounded like something breathing in the water, which is somewhat alarming in the pitch dark,” Ferber says. After scanning the water, he spotted a dolphin maneuvering in such a way as to cause water-suspended bacteria to glow brightly due to fluorescence. He figured they were likely from the Vibrionaceae family of bacteria because he had learned about their fluorescent properties in his classes aboard ship.
A Hitchhikers Guide to the Sargasso Sea
May 23, 2019
Jane Sheng, Will Sandke, Leah Martinez, University of Washington, Smith College, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Researchers study the isopod parasite infecting slender Sargassum shrimp
Known as the slender Sargassum shrimp, Latreutes fucorum plays a critical role in the Sargasso Sea ecosystem, but could a common parasite be a threat? Students of SEA’s Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program recently returned from a six-week voyage sailing north through the Atlantic aboard the tall ship ocean research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer.
SEA to Host Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium
May 22, 2019
This one-day symposium is the capstone experience for students from SEA Semester class C-285 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. The event includes oral presentations of the students’ science, policy and conservation research to a panel of invited experts, and contributes directly to international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea. Student presentations will be interspersed with related talks given by some of the invited participants. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.
Student Researchers Dive Deep to Better Understand Sargassum and Its Impact on Coastal Communities
May 22, 2019
Alexandra Reilinger, Cecilia Howard, Gail Johnson, Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College
The seaweed appears as if out of nowhere, vast swaths suddenly blanketing the beaches of Caribbean islands, yet little is known about the many various forms of the Sargassum seaweed. Student researchers set out to study the genetics of the pervasive weed, a critical building block of the ecologically rich Sargasso Sea, to better understand the role it plays in the dynamic ocean environment.