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SEA Currents: Aug 2019


August 30, 2019

University of Redlands Grad Reflects on PIPA Cruise

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University of Redlands Bulldog Blog
“U of R alumnus conducts research on rare coral reefs”
By Katie Olson

When asked what he did over the summer, University of Redlands alumnus Jason Gonsalves ’19 has an unusual answer: conducting research in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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August 28, 2019

Denison Student Conducts Research in Pacific with SEA Semester

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Denison University News & Events
“Geoscience Major Elliot Hayne ‘20 Conducts Research in the Pacific”

Elliot Hayne ’20, a geosciences major, sailed with SEA Semester on a scientific research voyage to the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Hayne conducted research that will assist in the ongoing development of an effective conservation plan for the region.

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August 26, 2019

S-288: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Sustainability

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The students of SEA Semester Class S-288 join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa on Sept. 23 for an epic research voyage ending in Auckland, New Zealand on Nov. 7th, after stops in Tonga and Fiji.


August 23, 2019

Her Classroom is the Sea: Seattle University Student Explores Phoenix Islands with SEA Semester

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“Her Classroom Is the Sea”
Seattle U - The Newsroom

Seattle University student Michelle Simoni, ’20 (Computer Science), sailed this summer with SEA Semester on a scientific research voyage to the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Gilroy, Calif., native was one of a select group of undergraduates from diverse colleges and universities who conducted research that will assist in the ongoing development of an effective conservation plan for the region.

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August 11, 2019

Once in a Lifetime

Elliot Hayne, B watch, Denison University

Spend a Semester at Sea

And so as quickly this trip began, it ends. With the ship back in harbor right where we set sail from five weeks ago at a glance it can seem like we never left. Thankfully, we still have the memories, photos and friendships left over to remind us of this amazing experience.


August 10, 2019

Final Passage

Rick Miller, Captain

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The Program: It seems so long ago, on June 10th, that 22 students and three faculty met to begin S-287 Protecting the Phoenix Islands (aka: PIPA – Phoenix Islands Protected Area). That evening after a number of introductions and orientations it was explained to the students that the cottages were much more than accommodations.


August 09, 2019

3000 Nautical Miles!

Michaela Guy, B watch, Smith College

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At this point it is T- 2 days until we arrive back in American Samoa and the past day and a half has given me a somewhat odd chance to compare where I started to where I am now. For the past 48 hours we’ve been dealing with some of the roughest seas and conditions since the beginning of our voyage.


August 08, 2019

En route to Samoa

Michelle Simoni, Seattle University

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Today is the 8th and with the program coming to an end I am sad but grateful for all the memories that I got from this trip. It all started out coming out of American Samoa in huge 15 ft waves. With the boat rocking and rolling, and majority of my shipmates, including myself getting accustomed to the leeward side (sea sickness), we were confused, sick, land lubbers.


August 08, 2019

Don’t Come Back Without Gold

Lilly Heilshorn, Victoria Molnar, Nathalie Kerrigan, and Natalia Sawicka

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Not everyone wants to be woken up at 0100 to hear that there’s a major thunderstorm outside and they are going to stand in it for the next six hours, but that was the fate of B Watch this morning. Items you might want during a thunderstorm include, but are not limited to: rain boots, rain pants, rain jacket, hat, gloves, and a midnight snack, preferably consisting of marshmallows, chocolate, and a little bit of love from our awesome stewards (Marie and Cody).


August 08, 2019

Last day: the report

Amelia Macapia & Marco Roberto, Bard High School Early College & Seaholm High School

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To wrap up our time at SEASCape, we had a “field day” (cleaning day!) extravaganza. After breakfast, we split into groups to clean the cabins and Madden Center (I got to scrape salmon and gum out of the bottoms of trash bins mmm! - Amelia) (I got to carry plates and dishes and sort them, wooo - Marco).

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