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SEA Currents: Jul 2017


July 06, 2017

Coming to Woods Hole

Cari Harris, Morgan State University

SEA Semester

Before coming to Woods Hole, I had only departed Baltimore with academic aspirations one other time. The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years I attended a Lead America summer program at Georgetown University, and it was amazing because I was able to meet kids just like me from all across the country. I have the opportunity for the second time in my life, here in Woods Hole while participating in the Partnership Education Program, to learn and grow with others from across the globe.


July 06, 2017

Special Thanks to Ben Harden

Tobias Scott & Alex Trinh, Palisades Charter High School & Whippany Park High School

SEA Semester

We started the day with English muffins filled with cheese, ham, and eggs, and immediately got to work on our chores. After cleaning, we grouped into our watches and learned the square (or reef) knot, as well as the slip knot equivalent. When we had all mastered the new knot, we headed up to the Madden center for our Oceanography lesson.

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July 05, 2017

Exploring the Marsh

Colette Shaw & Kai Parlett, Las Lomas High School & Holderness School

SEA Semester

We rose early to go to Sippewissett Marsh. We caught Pipefish, crabs, and a baby Horseshoe crab. We surveyed the whole area collecting data (e.g. pH, salinity, water clarity, sediment composition) before making our way home. We took some marsh creatures back for later observation, but unfortunately there was a crab on crab altercation, and one had to be sent home.

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July 05, 2017

Dissections 101

Matthew Durst-Scarlett, Fort Valley State University

SEA Semester

My research is about validating aging methods for Lophius americanus. In order to do this I need to dissect them to remove their illicium, otoliths, and vertebral columns. The dissection room is located on the first floor of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center. It’s a clean room longer than it is wide with work benches along a windowed wall. We take the monkfish out of the specimen freezer (which is a brisk -10°C) the day before to thaw. One by one we lay the fish out on a measuring board to measure their total length. Then we weigh tem and place them back on the board to begin cutting.


July 04, 2017

Independence Day Parade

Miraflor Santos, New York University Abu Dhabi

SEA Semester

Today, I along with several of my PEP peers marched in the nerdiest Fourth of July Parade I have ever seen. First, let me give you a sampling of just a few of the groups that marched. The Grass lab wore grass skirts and marched with a giant tick made from an umbrella as they chanted “Ticks in the Grass!”. The spectroscopy group shouted “Electrons excite!” and then “Photons emit!” in an elaborate demonstration of how emission spectra are generated. One group marched with a gigantic sea urchin dome that was used to hide people dressed as gametes that would run out of the urchin when it “spawned”.

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July 04, 2017

Greetings from the Cape and happy 4th!

Maria Kalambokidis, SEASCape RA

SEA Semester

Today we started our first full day of SEASCape with 0645 wake-ups, a lovely pancake breakfast, and an exciting introduction to the daily cleaning schedule. Based on a rotating watch system, the students clean the dishes, kitchen, common areas, and bathrooms every morning. After a successful first cleaning rotation, we mustered outside for a quick watch meeting before class. Here we learned the Figure Eight Knot, and the RA’s were blown away by the knot-tying expertise of some of the students with prior sailing experience (e.g. Spencer and Ava).

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July 03, 2017

New Experiences in New Places

Amber Durand, Howard University

SEA Semester

My name is Amber Durand, and I am a rising junior at Howard University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. In my quest to find a summer internship, I was very open to exploring the different branches of science. One afternoon, my mentor pulled me aside and encouraged me to apply to the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program. I had never heard of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, but after reviewing the program’s website and contacting the program director, I decided to apply. Having had no experience in ocean or environmental sciences, I was quite unsure about my standing in the application process.


July 03, 2017

SEASCape Session 1 Begins!

Tasha Greenwood, SEASCape RA

SEA Semester

Today was day 1 of SEASCape session 1! 28 students arrived this afternoon, from all over the US and International. After checking in, we held orientation and students got their first taste of life in our little Woods Hole community. Sabrina cooked us a delicious dinner, after which all students returned to the Madden Center for an overview of the two classes they will be participating in this summer.

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