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SEA Currents: The Global Ocean: New Zealand

January 08, 2020

What’s cooking?

Amy Phung, B House, Olin College of Engineering


People often say that food is something that brings people together, and so far, it’s definitely been something that has brought our house together rather quickly! During the shore component with SEA, our class is split between three houses, and the members of each house are responsible for figuring out food.

January 06, 2020

Pathway of the Nerds

Amelia Austin, Smith College


Hello Readers!
Reporting to you from Woods Hole where my shipmates and I are settling in nicely to our small cottage homes.

January 06, 2020

Students of Class S-290 Begin Blogging

Allison Klei, Franklin & Marshall College


Here, at the Woods Hole campus, SEA Semester students are split between two chosen programs: Caribbean Colonization to Conservation and Global Ocean: New Zealand. As part of the latter group, we were further divided into three houses: A, B, and C. I live in A-house with seven other people, which more closely resembles a blue cottage with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

January 03, 2020

A Reflection on Ocean Literacy, 2020 and Beyond

Kerry Whittaker, Assistant Professor of Oceanography

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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 03, 2020

Snorkeling in British Virgin Islands

Jake and Tony, C Watch, Penn State University


Hello! This is C Watch! Today we mustered on the quarterdeck in the morning to discuss guidelines for snorkeling, as well as reef studies that we would contribute to. We separated into three groups: Group 1 counted parrot fish, which are indicative of coral health; Group 2 counted echinoderms, mollusks, worms and lobsters to research biodiversity; and Group 3 counted recruit versus adult corals.

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January 02, 2020

Gearing Up for Snorkeling!

Alexa, Zach & Irene, A Watch, Penn State University


Hello, from the British Virgin Islands! A Watch is officially taking over the blog for our first day in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Rick and Audrey graciously went to shore to clear our Caribbean travels with customs. Everything went along swimmingly and we were even lucky enough to get all of our passports stamped!

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January 01, 2020

Another day in paradise

Antonios, Candace, Jacob, and Megan, C Watch, Penn State University


Hello! This is C Watch/Caribbean Watch taking over the blog! Today marks the beginning of a new decade and the end of another day in paradise. During deck watch this afternoon, we cycled through our typical duties, which included boat checks, managing the helm and lookout.

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December 31, 2019

Growing SEA Legs!

Lauren, Cam, David, B Watch, Penn State University


Pull in the gangplank and hoist the sails! Today we pulled away from the dock in St. Croix and plunged straight into our voyage to San Juan (with a lovely stop in the British Virgin Islands only days away). However, adjusting to life on the high seas came with its own unique challenges. Many struggled with seasickness, some struggled with coiling heavy ship line, and everyone struggled with staying cool in the bright Caribbean sun.

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December 30, 2019

Welcome aboard!

Audrey Meyer, Chief Scientist, SEA


Welcome to the SEA Penn State program blog! I am happy to report that all 24 Pennsylvania State University participants (22 students, their professor Monica Medina, and teaching assistant Julia Stewart) have arrived in St. Croix and are safely aboard the Corwith Cramer.

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December 23, 2019

Studying or Snorkeling?

Valeriia Vakhitova, Middlebury College


Today we all said ‘goodbye’ to Corwith Cramer. I could see her proudly standing in the golden waters of St. Croix from the window of my plane: that was my last sunset with her. I believe not a single person remained unchanged through the program. But it might be a little too early to see the difference yet.

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