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SEA Currents: Apr 2018

April 13, 2018

Here Comes The Sun

Ella Cedarholm, B Watch, University of New Hampshire


The past four days have been spent mostly hove-to, waiting for inclement weather to pass us to our east. Squalls have poured rain down on us, and rolling waves have turned our home into an obstacle course, but the weather we saw last night surpassed what any of my fellow students and I had anticipated.

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April 12, 2018

SEA Research Professor of Oceanography Kara Lavender Law Lectures on Plastics at Middlebury

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The Problem with Plastics
By Robert Cassidy, The Middlebury Campus

On Thursday April 5, the Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series hosted a lecture by Kara Lavender Law, PhD, titled “Open Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solution.” Over the course of the lecture, Law presented findings from her decades-long career as a research professor of oceanography with SEA Semester and her expertise on ocean circulation and marine debris, addressing common misconceptions about ocean plastics pollution and providing her own insights into the causes of marine debris and the steps we can take to reduce it.

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April 12, 2018

Friendship Bracelets of the Sea

Olivia Cronin-Golomb, B Watch, Boston University


If you walk around below deck right now, everywhere you look you will see small groups of us bent over computers, either working busily on our first research assignment (revising the introduction and methods for our oceanography manuscript) or plotting sun lines for celestial navigation whenever we are lucky enough to see the sun.

April 11, 2018

Bowdoin Student Embarks on 3,000 Mile Voyage with SEA

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Brittany Hernandez ’19 Embarks on 3,000-Mile Pacific Ocean Voyage
by Tom Porter, Bowdoin News

Bowdoin junior Brittany Hernandez will be seeing little but the open ocean until the middle of May. The Earth and Oceanographic Science major recently set out on a six-week, 3,000-nautical-mile voyage, under sail, from New Zealand aboard the SSV Robert Seamans, a 134-foot research vessel operated by the Sea Education Association.

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April 11, 2018

Stand By Me (Or Lean If the Weather Calls For It)

Colin Gaunt, C Watch, Saint Michaels College


The seas continue their unceasing motion, and the crew aboard the Seamans continues to work through their day to day operations, no matter how comically difficult they’ve become. My once short walk to brush my teeth each morning and evening has turned into the realest game of pinball I have ever played, which brings out a variety of responses spanning from uncontrollable laughter to excessive use of profanity after getting my hand caught in the door.

April 10, 2018

Rocking and Rolling in the Pacific

Haley Rogers, C Watch, Yale University


As we float east of New Zealand waiting out the passing weather, life aboard the Seamans continues to rock and roll - in more ways than one. The continuous movement of our ship has made even mundane tasks exciting. We walk at 35 degree angles and bounce from one handrail to the next, doing our best to stay vertical.

April 09, 2018

The Ridiculousness of It All

Maggie Powell, B Watch, Harvard College


The winds and seas have picked up here on the north flank of the Chatham Rise, and things inside our little world have gotten a bit more…  mobile. Pots clink and clank in the galley, the gimbaled tables in the main salon swing dramatically, and personal items have begun to fall from seemingly well-stowed bunks.

April 07, 2018

To Meet a Place On The Day of Departure

Farley Miller, 1st Assistant Scientist, SEA Alumnus


To be in a place, to walk around, to touch the rocks and grass; to look at the cliffs, and smell the dirt; this is but part of what being in a place is. The people of a place are what make it; they set the scene, if you will. To be in a place and not meet its people is to get only a part of the story. To visit and only look is to be a tourist; to receive and give conversation is to be good company.

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April 06, 2018

Chatham Islands - First to See the Sun

Melia Matthews, A Watch, Whitman College


One interesting factoid about the Chatham Islands is that because they are so close to the International Date Line, they are technically the first part of land to see the sunrise each morning! So today our crew was some of the first people to greet the morning rays, though most of our days started much earlier than that.

April 05, 2018

First Land in Days, Last Land for Weeks

Will Lounsbery-Scaife, B Watch, New York University


After five days of sailing, we have reached the Chatham Islands! We will be staying here for about two days. Tomorrow morning, most of the crew and all of the students will be leaving the ship and taking a tour of the main island. Not many people live here, but the islands are beautiful: sharp volcanic rocks covered in grass, patches of small trees, and unique birds.

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