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SEA Currents: Dec 2017


December 12, 2017

Rowan University Students Study Coral Reef Ecology with SEA Semester

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SEA Semester in the News
Rowan Today

This fall, Rowan University students Elizabeth Thompson ‘18 (Biology, Biomedical Art & Visualization) and Niclas Grant ‘17 (Biology) are sailing on an ocean research voyage to study the human impact on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. Through SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association, Thompson and Grant, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, will conduct guided field research both on shore in Grenada and at sea sailing through the Lesser Antilles to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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December 12, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 8 at Sea

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Bryan Jew, of University of California, San Diego, describes his research in the Tobago Cays as part of SEA Semester’s Caribbean Reef Expedition.


December 12, 2017

Soufriere Hills Volcano Day

Halley Steinmetz, C Watch, UMass Amherst

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Way back in early November (while we were in Woods Hole) I had no idea that I was signing up to write the blog post for one of the coolest days of this trip. That’s right: today, our class got to visit the Soufriere Hills Volcano and its observatory! We picked a great day to visit, too. The wind was blowing all the smoke that continuously flows out of the top of the volcano towards the opposite side of the island. We were presented with a beautiful, clear view of the lava dome that has been building up since the most recent eruption in 2010.


December 12, 2017

A Sunny Day

Katie Livingston, B Watch, Wellesley College

The Global Ocean

Hello all!

Today was our final day in Napier and after a morning free to explore we took a group field trip to the Napier Aquarium. We brought them zooplankton and phytoplankton samples from our student mission to sample from the spring in the middle of Hawke Bay from a few days ago, and we got a guided tour of the site. The first thing that we saw was the penguin feeding time.


December 11, 2017

For the Birds

Will Bahr, Oberlin College

The Global Ocean

Greetings, folks,
     
Your friendly neighborhood salt-dog here again, reporting on one of the more beautiful and decidedly terrestrial days the Seamans crew has seen yet. We had a free day in odd, quaint Napier, a town about half-committed to its art deco history so it looks something like a forgotten Disneyland for adults.


December 11, 2017

Sharks and Sights of Montserrat

Alex Cormack, A Watch, SUNY ESF

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was, done with my first transect for the day. Steph and I finished our sampling early in Rendezvous Bay and instead of doing another as professional scientists would, we decided to explore. The reef in Montserrat was one of the best we’ve seen so far, even better than the Tobago Cays I’d say. The diversity of coral was surprising and exciting to see, as were the fish. Some big sights of the day include a lionfish, two sea turtles, and a big fat barracuda.


December 10, 2017

A small reflection on the open ocean

Maddy King, A Watch, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean

Hello from Napier!

This morning was a busy morning as we arrived in Napier. It was the end of our mission and A watch was on duty when we struck all of the sails and motored in to dock at the Port of Napier. The Port of Napier turns out to be a largely commercial port and we are currently surrounded by large mounds of timber, piles of shipping containers, and cargo ships.


December 10, 2017

Day 15 of 28: Halfway there!

Zoya Buckmire, C Watch, St. George’s University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was, in 10 ft. waves sailing North in the surprisingly rough waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Cramer was performing all sorts of acrobatics and the gimbled tables in the salon were swinging wildly from side to side. Having just left our 4-day port stop in St. Vincent, most of us hadn’t regained our sea legs yet. We were having a hard enough time focusing on standing watch when, suddenly, a squall hit. Rain, wind, waves – it was chaos.


December 09, 2017

The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean

Nic Grant, A Watch, Rowan University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

At 0600 I woke up to the strange feeling of not rolling back and forth in my bunk, the sure sign of anchorage. I sleepily crawled up the salon ladder, bright sunlight briefly obscured my vision of our second anchor point, Montserrat. Known affectionately as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is characterized by swooping, green mountain lines; an almost Jurassic view complemented by a looming, active volcano.

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December 09, 2017

Mission SJS

Lindsey Call, B Watch, Amherst College

The Global Ocean

A big “Ahoy, matey!” from the deck of the Robert C. Seamans! As we reach the 3-week mark of our open ocean cruise, your favorite pirates are getting comfortable with life at sea and the trappings that come along with work on a tall-masted ship. Although we are scraping the dregs of the reefer and pining for fresh vegetables, don’t fret – unlike voyagers in the 17th and 18th centuries, we aren’t suffering from scurvy quite yet!

After dinner last night, Captain Bill called a mysterious meeting to discuss an exciting activity that we would be participating in today.


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