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SEA Currents: Jan 2020


January 30, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 Offshore Blog 3

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Another exciting couple of days at sea here on the Corwith Cramer!

Yesterday we had a sketching workshop aboard Corwith Cramer, led by Sketch Biologist and Williams-Mystic alumna Abby McBride F04.  Abby’s work as a science communicator combines her love of biology and sketching.

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January 29, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 over the Puerto Rico Trench

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Greetings from the Williams-Mystic S20 class aboard the Corwith Cramer, where we are heading toward the Puerto Rico trench on calm water under a sky full of bright stars.

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January 28, 2020

Thoughts on Climate Change

Grace Leuchtenberger, Carleton College

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As I’m writing this, we are halfway through our fourth theme week, on climate change, having just discussed ocean pollution last week. With every class we face a different, grim reality. In conservation and management, we learned that regulations are glacially slow to be approved compared to the pace and scale of pollution in the world.


January 28, 2020

A Reflection on Ocean Literacy, 2020 and Beyond

Kerry Whittaker, Assistant Professor of Oceanography

SEA Semester

With the start of the new year, we are introducing a series of articles by Sea Education Association faculty and staff titled “Study Abroad and the Sea: Perspectives on Climate Change and the Ocean Environment.”  The series is a diverse and varied examination of relevant ocean topics for college students interested in ocean research and policy.  The first of this series examines the value of ocean literacy by SEA Assistant Professor of Oceanography Kerry Whittaker.

Here, on this last day of 2019, I find myself reflecting on another year as Oceanography Faculty with SEA.  Even today, gazing out onto snow falling along the New England coastline and piling onto branches, railings, and roofs, my mind can easily jump back to the quarterdeck of the Robert C. Seamans carried by the humid trade winds of the South Pacific, or aloft on the Corwith Cramer as we glide through the Bermuda blue water.


January 27, 2020

Home away from Home

Gillian Murphey, DePaul University

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Where to begin a description of our house on campus in Woods Hole? I could begin with our stadium seating couches and continue all the way to nerf wars, and, then, more importantly, how did SEA get such a diverse group that still blends so well? I am a shipmate of House B where I live with 8 of my now closest friends.


January 27, 2020

Williams-Mystic S20 goes to sea

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Greetings from Williams-Mystic aboard the Corwith Cramer!  The Spring 2020 (Williams-Mystic S20) class traveled from Mystic, CT to San Juan, Puerto Rico yesterday. We spent our first evening aboard and most of today getting to know the professional crew, learning about the ship, and doing safety drills.

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January 26, 2020

Interdisciplinary Week #3: Ocean Pollution

Etasha Golden, Oregon State University

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“When we talk about changing society, but we forget that we are part of that society.”
- shipmate Ashby Gentry 1-24-2020


January 22, 2020

Interdisciplinary Week #2: Marine Populations

Ava-Rose Beech, Kenyon College

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Last Friday brought a close to our second full week of classes at the Woods Hole Campus. The theme for last week—marine populations—led us to a wide range of topics and discussions. Whether it was leafing through the pages of whaling logbooks filled with intricate illustrations of whales, flying fish, and porpoises at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, or discussing the complexities of the policy that regulates fishery management, our studies gave us a deeper understanding of the integral role marine populations play in our lives.


January 22, 2020

Data and Design in the Fight against Plastic Pollution

Doug Karlson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

SEA Semester

Former SEA Scientist and Alumna Skye Moret Wins Nat Geo Award

Skye Moret, C-190, has a passion for using data visualization and engagement to bridge the gap between design and science. Recently, that passion took her to a remote beach in Bali where she created ‘Perpetual Plastic,’ a 46-foot diameter data art installation that’s also a flow chart illustrating the transformation and fate of plastic waste.

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January 22, 2020

True Vegans Make Dull Cooks

Ella Simon, Bennington College

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Did you know?: True Vegans Make Dull Cooks, so Add Wasabi.


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