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May 22, 2019

Thanks to Everyone for a Wonderful Voyage

Jonathan Levine, Colgate University Faculty


Limericks in Honor of the C-285A Company

(written by Jonathan Levine, and read to everyone’s delight at our last night’s celebration aboard Cramer)

I’d never before been to sea
So I boarded with trepidity.
But, Captain and crew,
My thanks go to you:
The Cramer’s been fine company!

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May 22, 2019

Student Researchers Dive Deep to Better Understand Sargassum and Its Impact on Coastal Communities

Alexandra Reilinger, Cecilia Howard, Gail Johnson, Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College

SEA Semester

The seaweed appears as if out of nowhere, vast swaths suddenly blanketing the beaches of Caribbean islands, yet little is known about the many various forms of the Sargassum seaweed.  Student researchers set out to study the genetics of the pervasive weed, a critical building block of the ecologically rich Sargasso Sea, to better understand the role it plays in the dynamic ocean environment.

May 21, 2019

SEA PROFILE: Victoria Smith, Alumni Coordinator & Illustration Instructor

Doug Karlson,

SEA Semester

As many mariners and naturalists do, SEA Semester students make sketches and keep journals. For members of the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program, illustration and journaling are part of the curriculum.  Leading the instruction this past winter with Class C-284 was Victoria Smith, SEA’s alumni coordinator, and an accomplished artist in her own right.

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May 21, 2019

Things to Remember, Ten Days into the Voyage

Kiara Louise Bacasen, Stanford


For all those that helped me along the way, and to all those to whom I will return the favor - Kiara Louise Bacasen. At meals, I often take the chance to glance up at the galley portholes and ever so briefly see the sea rippling beyond the glass, catching a silent glimpse of life below the tumultuous blue that surrounds us.

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May 21, 2019

THE VIEW FROM ALOFT: Planning for Yard Periods

Jen Haddock, Port Captain

SEA Semester

Greetings from the marine department, where we’re constantly thinking about our ships. As I write this, spring is in the air and we’re gearing up for the arrival in Woods Hole of the SSV Corwith Cramer.

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May 19, 2019

The Best 6-Hour Watch

Alique Fisher, C Watch, Colgate University


I will admit that when I heard we were to sail on the Corwith Cramer from NYC to Woods Hole at the beginning of our summer break, I was expecting blue skies, warm sun, and essentially beach weather. Yes, I packed a bathing suit.

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May 17, 2019

Stanford@SEA: Report from the South Pacific

Barbara Block, Chief Scientist


Spirits are high aboard the SSV Robert C Seamans as our Stanford@SEA students are now experienced sailors with over 4 days and nights at sea.  We are very close to Iles Maria, the first stop on our cruise track in the outer islands of French Polynesia.

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May 17, 2019

A Beautiful Morning for Science (and whales)

Davi Bendavid, A Watch, Colgate University


This morning when I opened my eyes in my cozy bunk after being woken by Colin at around 0600, I was extra eager. A Watch was assigned to the 0700 to 1300 shift, and I was assigned to be in lab.

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May 16, 2019

Dawn Watch

Mayzie Potton and Emily Cope, B Watch, Colgate University


We were awoken by the calming voice of Giovanni Vigilante at 0030. After scrambling our way into the usual five layers of clothing, topped off by our foul weather gear and trusty harnesses, we headed up to the deck to join the rest of B watch and begin the Dawn Watch.

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May 16, 2019

Isle Maria Blog

J.P. Spaventa, Stanford


The familiar hum of the motor suddenly dropped in pitch quite audibly. As my brain started to turn on, I noticed the familiar “chirp” from below my bunk pinging off more rapidly than usual. Upon opening my eyes, the light shining through the porthole confirmed my suspicions.

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