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December 12, 2017

Rowan University Students Study Coral Reef Ecology with SEA Semester

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This fall, Rowan University students Elizabeth Thompson ‘18 (Biology, Biomedical Art & Visualization) and Niclas Grant ‘17 (Biology) are sailing on an ocean research voyage to study the human impact on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. Through SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association, Thompson and Grant, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, will conduct guided field research both on shore in Grenada and at sea sailing through the Lesser Antilles to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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December 12, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 8 at Sea

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Bryan Jew, of University of California, San Diego, describes his research in the Tobago Cays as part of SEA Semester’s Caribbean Reef Expedition.


December 12, 2017

Soufriere Hills Volcano Day

Halley Steinmetz, C Watch, UMass Amherst

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Way back in early November (while we were in Woods Hole) I had no idea that I was signing up to write the blog post for one of the coolest days of this trip. That’s right: today, our class got to visit the Soufriere Hills Volcano and its observatory! We picked a great day to visit, too. The wind was blowing all the smoke that continuously flows out of the top of the volcano towards the opposite side of the island. We were presented with a beautiful, clear view of the lava dome that has been building up since the most recent eruption in 2010.


December 11, 2017

Sharks and Sights of Montserrat

Alex Cormack, A Watch, SUNY ESF

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was, done with my first transect for the day. Steph and I finished our sampling early in Rendezvous Bay and instead of doing another as professional scientists would, we decided to explore. The reef in Montserrat was one of the best we’ve seen so far, even better than the Tobago Cays I’d say. The diversity of coral was surprising and exciting to see, as were the fish. Some big sights of the day include a lionfish, two sea turtles, and a big fat barracuda.


December 10, 2017

Day 15 of 28: Halfway there!

Zoya Buckmire, C Watch, St. George’s University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

So there I was, in 10 ft. waves sailing North in the surprisingly rough waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Cramer was performing all sorts of acrobatics and the gimbled tables in the salon were swinging wildly from side to side. Having just left our 4-day port stop in St. Vincent, most of us hadn’t regained our sea legs yet. We were having a hard enough time focusing on standing watch when, suddenly, a squall hit. Rain, wind, waves – it was chaos.


December 09, 2017

The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean

Nic Grant, A Watch, Rowan University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

At 0600 I woke up to the strange feeling of not rolling back and forth in my bunk, the sure sign of anchorage. I sleepily crawled up the salon ladder, bright sunlight briefly obscured my vision of our second anchor point, Montserrat. Known affectionately as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is characterized by swooping, green mountain lines; an almost Jurassic view complemented by a looming, active volcano.

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December 08, 2017

Boats Against the Current

Erica McCaughey, C Watch, Stetson University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Today, well the part of today that was spent awake, has been nothing short of beautiful. A late night on watch calls for sleeping in past breakfast. As I write this blog, I’m sitting on the quarter deck with one rain boot on and one sneaker staring at the mountainous island of Montserrat. The skies are blue and the Caribbean Sea, even bluer. As we approached it earlier this morning, the volcano touching the clouds became detailed hills, hillier, and the bluffs, steeper.


December 07, 2017

Towards the Smoking Sea

Joe Benz, SUNY ESF

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Today we continued our sail to the volcanic island of Montserrat, hopefully arriving tonight to deploy our science equipment off the coast. While waking up at 6 has never been something I’d plan for back home, such is life on the Cramer.

Snorkeling in the Cays has been the highlight of the trip so far. It had by far the greatest variety of fish, and the urchins I’m looking at for my project are almost carpeting some areas.


December 07, 2017

Seeing Birds on Field Day

Celeste Pallone, A Watch, Barnard College of Columbia University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Yesterday was the Cramer’s self-care day, aka Field Day. On Field Day we clean the ship from top to bottom and my watch was responsible for the galley. Though my shipmates from A house and my friends at home know I love to tidy up, cleaning while the Cramer is underway is a whole different story. After we cleared out all the foodstuffs, pots, dishes, etc. using a fire line of about 15 people up the forward ladder, we got to the good part. The next hour involved Joe, Cassie, Timesha, and I sliding around countertops, across walls, and along floors.

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December 06, 2017

Be the Gimbal

Bryant Jew, B Watch, University of California, San Diego

Caribbean Reef Expedition

In the morning we picked up anchor outside of Petit Rameau and motored on over to an anchorage outside Canouan to clear customs. After that, we motored away from Canouan and set the sails for the first time in several days – It’s great to be underway again. Not too much is happening now, so let me tell you a tale about science.

Picture this: It’s a beautiful evening in lab, and you’re hard at work taking measurements.


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