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SEA Currents: Jun 2015


June 07, 2015

Field Trip to Waimanalo Beach

Robert Ramos, Wesleyan University

Aloha Aina

Today we embarked on our second field trip of our SEA Semester program. After heading into the field and getting our hands dirty by taking measurements of a stream in Waimea Valley yesterday, I was super excited to see what this day had in store for us. On top of everything, today was actually my birthday, which made me that much more excited! We went to Waimanalo Beach on the island of O’ahu to explore an example of the island’s coral reef ecosystem. Once there, our TA Catherine sat us down on the edge of a gorgeous looking beach with crystal clear blue water to explain to us the basics of a coral reef ecosystem.


June 07, 2015

The tide is high, but I’m holding on!

Sarah J Hindle, SUNY-ESF

Transatlantic Crossing

Day 4 at sea, and it already feels like weeks.  From the moment we boarded the Cramer in Woods Hole, there has been so much to learn and see and do. From music on the quarterdeck to watching dolphin pods skip playfully out of the water under the bow net, it has been an exhilarating experience thus far! It’s pretty hard to believe we’ve only been underway for three days. In that time, we’ve collected plankton net samples, neuston tows, and hydrocast data, and have raised and lowered most of the sails on the ship.


June 06, 2015

Field trip to Waimea Valley

Katie Hoots, Vassar College

Aloha Aina

When we went to Waimea Valley, we were able to see and experience in person a taste of the ancient Hawai’ian culture and practices that we had studied in the classroom. Every person we talk to enriches our understanding of the deep connections between the resource management and spirituality of the ancient Hawai’ian’s. Kaila Alva (education and outreach coordinator), who works at Waimea Valley, taught us about the sacredness and importance of the Ahupua’a watershed system and the work that she and others are doing to preserve it today.


June 05, 2015

Aloha ‘Aina, Hawaii Pacific University, SEA Semester, Day 2

Tina Perry, Marygrove College

Aloha Aina

Day two was met with a clear sky and the presence of sunshine, a nice change from the abundant rains of the windward side of the island of O’ahu that we experienced yesterday. The dorm was buzzing this morning as we all started settling into new routines in our unfamiliar territory and prepared for our impending twelve hours of classroom time. Our captain, Sean, presented our first task as he introduced us to the art of charting and navigation in a manner that did not require a satellite or GPS.


June 05, 2015

Charismatic Megafauna!

Rebecca Jordan, Olin College of Engineering

Transatlantic Crossing

We’ve been motorsailing into the eye of the wind throughout the night. It’s a light easterly, but Captain Rick predicts it will shift to the north soon enough. We’ve seen our last land before Ireland. After napping all morning, I came above deck to a clear, sunny sky and news of several whale sightings.

The morning report from Raquel: “It was really cold and grey for a good part of the morning. Then the sun came out and made the water a really nice blue, and six pilot whales came up for breath all in succession and swimming in a line.

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June 04, 2015

Mt. Holyoke College Features SEA Semester Experience

SEA Semester® in the News: “MHC student studies climate aboard tall ship”
By Emily Harrison Weir, Mt. Holyoke College | June 4, 2015

Until recently, the closest Claudia Mazur ’16 had come to sailing was taking the Staten Island Ferry to and from Manhattan. Yet the Mount Holyoke College geology major and marine sciences minor spent spring semester learning about the world’s oceans and climate aboard a tall ship, sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti. Read the full story here.


June 04, 2015

SEA Semester Students to Share High Seas Management Plan

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

June 4, 2015, Woods Hole, MA — What are potential next steps for protecting the Sargasso Sea, a North Atlantic region increasingly recognized for its strong ecological importance and economic impact?

Outstanding science undergraduates from top U.S. and international institutions will present original biodiversity research and a management plan for conservation of the Sargasso Sea at the fourth annual SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium, to be held Friday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sea Education Association’s campus in Woods Hole.


June 04, 2015

Aloha family and friends!

Kelsey Orr, Furman University

Aloha Aina

I doubt any of us have learned so much in such a short period of time! Our first full day at Hawaii Pacific University was filled with introductions and lectures. After going over class syllabi, we jumped into learning about important ecological concepts and Hawaiian culture. One of the most complicated, yet interesting lectures we received was given by Dr. Kehau Watson on Hawaiian Ecosystems, Ahupua’a, and traditional management systems.


June 04, 2015

Anchors Aweigh and a Happy Birthday

Rebecca Jordan, Olin College of Engineering

Transatlantic Crossing

After a calm night at anchor, we students were awakened bright and early at 0630 today, to the smell of a delicious breakfast (mmm, pancakes and bacon!) Over the next few hours, I learned more than I ever have in that span of time, possibly excluding yesterday’s orientation. Our orientation continued with the lab and engine room where, speaking as an engineering student, I can assure you there is an excellent and well-organized array of wrenches.

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June 03, 2015

C-260 Gets Underway

Audrey Meyer, Chief Scientist

Having completed their brief shore component at SEA’s campus in Woods Hole, the student crew of C260 boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer at 1400 this afternoon. After an initial round of watch meetings, we departed Dyer’s Dock at 1700 and headed over to Martha’s Vineyard. We are now anchored for the night in Vineyard Haven Harbor, with the lights of East Chop in clear view along the nearby shoreline.

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