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SEA Currents: Feb 2017


February 13, 2017

S-271: The Global Ocean

The Global Ocean

The students of S-271 will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand by February 14th. They will depart in Christchurch, New Zealand around March 24th, after port stops in Bay of Islands, Wellington, and Dunedin.


February 13, 2017

C-271: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The students of C-271, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix by February 14th. They will depart in Key West around March 25th, after port stops in Dominica, Samana, Port Antonio and Santiago de Cuba.


February 07, 2017

Science Presentations

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good morning from the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We are heading toward Norman Island, BVI, with Junior Watch Officer Clay (SUNY Maritime) and A watch on deck.  Moments ago, we struck the topsail, after a morning downwind sail. Through the night, the watches worked with one of their own as Junior Watch Officer to set us up for an easy approach to Normal Island and they did an excellent job!

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February 06, 2017

Birthday at Sea

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good morning from the SSV Corwith Cramer!

On Sunday, February 5, a pod of dolphins surfed our bow wake at sunrise.

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February 04, 2017

Ashore in St John, USVI

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer. This morning Williams-Mystic S17 went ashore in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  As the sun rose, we took the small boat ashore to gather on an empty beach for class and snorkeling. Prof. Mike Nishizaki and I discussed the geography, geology, conservation, and reef ecology of St John. Next, TA Hannah Whalen reviewed snorkeling safety.  Students put their notebooks down, and then paired up to explore the reef a few steps away.  As we swam, pelicans dove for small fish.

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February 02, 2017

A Sweet Day on the Corwith Cramer

Lisa Gilbert, Chief Scientist, Williams-Mystic

SEA Semester

Good afternoon from the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We are excited to be celebrating Sarah P’s birthday today!  Sarah (UConn) and the rest of B watch had breakfast at 0620 this morning.  What a treat: Assistant Steward Ger made scrumptious cinnamon rolls!

After breakfast, the watch came up on deck to begin their science Super Station.  Here the water is relatively shallow (360 m or 1180 ft deep) so we were able to use our sediment grab to scoop some carbonate mud off the bottom.  In with the mud were a few small shells and a live brittle star.

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