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December 17, 2021

The Diamond of the Sky

Stevie Walker, Boston College

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What an incredible past two days it has been on the Robert C. Seamans! We’ve had a lovely change of pace being anchored for the last two nights in Kealakekua Bay. While at anchor, our evening watch schedule is quite different; we stand hour-long watches in pairs rather than the normal six-hour watch with your entire watch. Needless to say, everyone was very thankful to get a full night’s rest.  For me, our time in the bay was the perfect way to celebrate our Pacific crossing. We also had two birthdays to celebrate – our 1st scientist Emily and chief engineer Nate! The galley team really brought their A game by cooking cheesecake and rainbow muffins for us all.


December 16, 2021

How Far I’ll Go

Emily Benson, B Watch, Hamilton College


December 15, 2021

2500 Meters below the Sea

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For the duration of our cruise we have performed science deployments twice a day, every day.


December 14, 2021

Land Ho!

Nate Bears, Engineer

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Hello Friends,

Land Ho!!!  I didn’t hear the shout in the pre-dawn hours of the morning, but there she was when I came up on deck.


December 13, 2021

Local Communities, MPAs, and Tourism in the USVI

So Hess & Kyaralind Vasquez-Liriano, Mount Holyoke College & Wellesley College

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Hello everyone! We are So Hess and Kyaralind Vasquez-Liriano. Our blog post will be centering on the policy brief we created during the shore component at Woods Hole.


December 13, 2021

Beginning of the end

Matthew Robertson, Muhlenberg College

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Even though I’m unexpectedly filling in for this blog post I feel like I know what to say and how to say it.


December 13, 2021

Joy of the Lowest Lows

Macy Littell, Wellesley College

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Although most people use the words “happiness” and “joy” interchangeably, there is a nuanced different between them. Happiness is a fleeting emotion, subject to change with the passing events of this world. Joy, however, is a spiritual condition, a quality that can be developed, honed, and utilized. Many people in this world do not or cannot live happy lives, but where happiness fails, joy can fill in.

The story I am about to tell you is not a happy one. It is not full of seamless smiles or easy days but it is full of joy. Moments where laughter was chosen, and hope was clung to.


December 12, 2021

Ground-truthing Ridge to Reef Policy in St. Croix

E. Adelaide Gonzalez & Maya Morales, Bowdoin College & Smith College

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While on land in Massachusetts, C-301 chose policy topics to take a deep research dive, writing multi-page policy briefs and developing a presentation you may have attended last month. We chose to examine ridge to reef policy in St. Croix, zeroing in on watershed policies and waste management practices and considering their impacts on marine systems.

Once on the ground in St. Croix, our student community had the opportunity to interview a handful of policy makers and experts who allowed us to ground-truth much of our research.


December 12, 2021

Approaching Hawai’i and Changing Routines

Itai Bojdak-Yates, Lawrence University

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As we approach Hawai’i (only about 250 nautical miles from the Big Island at the moment), we reach the time when we stop gathering data and start analyzing data. Our twice-a-day habit of heaving to and dunking nets in the water comes to an end (more or less) tomorrow. Instead, all of us students now need to take the vast amounts of data we’ve collected and sift, sort, and stare at it until we come up with some answers to those questions we posed way back on land.


December 11, 2021

It’s a Party in the Ga-a-lley!

Talia Buchman, Assistant Steward

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Reading each of the previous blogs has been a really fun way to keep up with all of the hip happenings on the ship. It has also made me quite eager to share some about what goes on in the corner of the boat that I spend 90% of my time: the galley! The galley is my favorite spot on the ship and it has been a great place to get to know everyone aboard.


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