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April 25, 2017

SEA Supports Global Launch of .ECO

SEA Semester

Today marks the global launch of .eco, a new symbol of sustainability.

Environmentalism and conservation are core elements of SEA Semester’s mission and curriculum, both in the classroom and at sea.  While program specifics vary, students are focused on gaining a deeper understanding of critical issues including climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, human impact on the environment, and environmental justice. Students are actively involved in field research, and their work often contributes to international ocean research efforts.

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April 25, 2017

“Wow, what an exciting day!” – me, every day

Jana Maravi, B watch, Rochester Institute of Technology

Ocean Exploration

There truly is no limit to the excitement on board here. I especially felt this way today, which also happens to be my favorite schedule. We (B/Best watch) had night watch last night (1900-0100), meaning we got a semi-normal night sleep and then the whole morning until lunch free to ourselves. For me, that meant starting off with an awesome breakfast quiche made by Angel, even though I slept right through 0700 breakfast (she’s the sweetest).


April 25, 2017

Meet Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter!

Doug Karlson, Communications@Sea.edu

SEA Semester

We’re thrilled to once again join with Sailors for the Sea, a leading ocean conservation organization, for our “Onboard Reporter” program.

This is a special partnership that began last year. Each term, one SEA Semester student is designated as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award.

This spring, the Onboard Reporter is Anna Brodmerkel, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anna is currently sailing aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a member of C-273, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (known around here as MBC).


April 25, 2017

Triple Stack Triumph!

Marie Spychala, C-Watch, Grinnell College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

It’s a beautiful day on the Cramer! The skies are mostly clear and we’re still in shorts/sandals weather. Along with slowly gaining my sea legs and shaking off seasickness, my science watches have been getting more and more exciting. Last night’s evening watch started out slow in lab, but at 2300 things picked up quickly. We deployed our first triple stack (two 1-meter nets at different depths and a neuston net at the surface) of the cruise!


April 24, 2017

A Sea Tale

Anna Brodmerkel, B Watch, UNC Chapel Hill

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

If you’ve followed along with the C-273 voyage thus far, or have at least read Yage’s post from yesterday, then you might know that the Cramer ran into a bit of rain last night. While Yage was fast asleep in bed, I was on evening watch (1900-0100). Today, the B Watch mate, Finn, told us a tall tale about past work on ships, which is the inspiration for this blog post. In Finn’s words, last night “Could have been worse.”


April 24, 2017

The Beginning of the End

Marcia Campbell, C-Watch, Eckerd College

Ocean Exploration

Hello world! To you, it’s Day 26 of our ocean voyage…but our watch rotations make for 18-hour days, so today feels more like Day 35 for us. It’s been one crazy rollercoaster ride having weathered out the effects of two cyclones but thankfully, the weather has finally steadied up a bit and both air and water temperatures are on the rise as we go farther north. Also, we broke 3000 nm today and are currently within 150 nm to the island of Raivavae!!!


April 23, 2017

How to Become an Old Salt

Jacquelyn Wu, Best Watch, Bowdoin College

SEA Semester

Don’t shower – you will literally be salty head to toe from sea spray, along with your sweat from hauling on lines day in and day out.

But actually, have you been wondering what it would take to be a sailor aboard the Seamans? This is a (short) cheat sheet from what I’ve learned so far, mostly in order of importance:

Expect the unexpected. This is by far the most important tip I have! I’ve been surprised at every turn. It pays to be ready at all times, whether it be for a fire drill where you have to head to your assigned station and wait for orders, for a swell that’ll knock you off of your feet, or for when things don’t go quite as planned.


April 23, 2017

First Rain

Yage Wang, C Watch, Brandeis University

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

今天可能是在克雷姆(Cramer 船名)上最不平稳的一天了。凌晨的岗位(1:00-7:00)一直在用引擎来帮助前行。当我们上午的岗位(7:00-13:00)快结束 时,天空下起了小雨。我换下班来,吃完了美味的午餐,chili 和corn bread (各种 豆子做的汤和玉米面包),立刻钻进了我的床上,享受我凌晨岗位前的12个小时。


April 22, 2017

On Shipmates and Happiness

Elizabeth Pieters, A Watch, Simon Fraser University

SEA Semester

I haven’t seen land in 23 days. What a wide, wonderful, watery world it is out there, surrounded by nothing but the ocean, and the ship carrying you across the waves. Of course, on this boat you’re surrounded by more than just the ocean: and no, I’m not talking about the sky and I won’t be waxing eloquent on the majesty of the stars at night, though they are brilliant.

So what am I surrounded by then? If not the ocean or sky or stars?

My SHIPMATES. I am surrounded, day in and day out, by a boatload of salts, jokers, and eccentrics who make my 134.5 foot world go round. You can see how comfortable we’ve all gotten around each other; this photo was taken after parading around our boat screaming “Science!! Science!!” at the top of our lungs for March for Science today, on Earth day. Almost inevitably we wind up learning as much about each other as we do about sail handling or our research projects. Other people, when living in such a tight knit community, are fascinating. How they relate to each other, what their quirks are, what makes them tick. And: what makes them happy.


April 22, 2017

Having a Field Day!

Rachel Burdorf, A Watch, Colorado College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Greetings all,
Today we deep-cleaned the Cramer! Instead of having class in the afternoon, we split into watches and cleaned the whole below decks area. A Watch took the Galley, B watch took the Main Salon, and C watch took the aft cabins. We clean the Cramer thoroughly every day, because grime magically appears even when we’re at sea, but today we stepped it up a notch and got everything we might have missed during the week.


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