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Casey Dannhauser

Special Project Manager, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

About Casey Dannhauser

SEA Semester Class: C-245, 2013

College of the Holy Cross
BA, Environmental Studies

University of Rhode Island
MO, Oceanography

This past year, SEA Semester alumna Casey Dannhauser, C-245, has been working with the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition, the EPA, and The Nature Conservancy to design a bioreactor that was installed this summer in a cranberry bog in Marstons Mills. The research project will generate data that will help Cape Cod towns restore wetlands and improve water quality.

Q: You sailed with SEA Semester Ocean Exploration program aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Caribbean. What were some of the most valuable lessons learned?

A: My time with SEA taught me the lessons you can't learn in a classroom. How to adapt when a storm rolls through, how to keep pushing yourself no matter what, and how to be a part of a team. It also instilled in me the importance of enjoying the little things in life, like a beautiful sunrise or getting to read a book in the warm breeze.

Q: How did SEA Semester help prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

A: SEA prepared me for the work I'm doing now by teaching me how to be a part of a team. It's more than just making sure all of the work gets done. It's about recognizing everyone's particular strengths and utilizing them to achieve the best possible outcome. The bioreactor would not exist without the team of partners behind the scenes working together to make it a reality.

Q: What advice would you give others who are considering studying, and sailing, with SEA Semester?

A: If you are uncertain about it because you've never sailed before or you don't imagine yourself pursuing science in your career, participate in SEA anyway. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be challenged both academically and personally while also getting the chance to enjoy the absolute beauty of the world's oceans.

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