SEA Currents: News
SEA Semester in the News
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.
Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter Program, a special partnership between Sailors for the Sea and Sea Education Association, continues this fall with a new Onboard Reporter, Keiley James.
Each term, one SEA Semester student is chosen as Sailors for Sea’s “Onboard Reporter,” and receives a $1,500 award from Sailors for the Sea.
Keiley is a student at the University of Georgia, and is currently in Grenada preparing to sail with aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a member of C-276, Caribbean Reef Expedition. In addition to her SEA Semester studies and duties, Keiley’s job will be to raise awareness about the health of the ocean through blogging, storytelling, social media posts, and photography .
Please join us in following Keiley’s voyage, and her reports!
SEA Semester in the News
Sewanee students spending semester at sea
Sewanee students Hannah-Marie Garcia (Environment and Sustainability major), Kaylee Pierson (Natural Resources), and Ann Robinson (Environment and Sustainability), all C’19, are part of a select group of undergraduates from diverse U.S. institutions who are spending this semester sailing through the waters of New Zealand. Their goal is to better understand one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century: human impacts on the environment.
Through SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), these students are exploring first-hand the unique environmental and complex cultural influences that have shaped these islands, all from the unique learning platform of a tall ship.
The class arrived in early September for six weeks of preparatory coursework on shore at SEA Semester’s campus in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. On Nov. 12, the students arrived aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, SEA’s state-of-the-art 134-foot brigantine, in Auckland, New Zealand, to begin a six-week coastal and blue water voyage.
SEA Semester in the News
Madeleine King ’19 Spends Thanksgiving At Sea, Down Under
Tom Porter, Bowdoin News
While most of her classmates are at home diving into a traditional turkey dinner, Madeleine King ’19 is having quite a different Thanksgiving experience—doing environmental research aboard a tall ship, in New Zealand.
King, who’s majoring in environmental studies and earth and oceanographic science, is among a group of US undergraduates studying and sailing abroad through SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a program offered by Sea Education Association, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on environmental education.
After six weeks of onshore preparation in the US, King and her fellow students joined the SSV (student sailing vessel) Robert C. Seamans—described by SEA as a “state-of-the-art 134 foot brigantine”—in Auckland, New Zealand on November 12, 2017 to begin a six-week voyage.
SEA Alum Meghan Jeans Brings Multidisciplinary Approach to SEA
As a biology major turned lawyer, Meghan Jeans (W-144) has been working across disciplines, geographies and issues areas to build bridges throughout her career. She brings that approach to SEA this fall as a visiting faculty member for Class C-276, Caribbean Reef Expedition.
According to Meghan, a multi-disciplinary approach is critical to both solving problems and preparing students for the real world. She says it’s an approach that’s been critical in her own work. “I use my science training to inform and inspire the implementation of market-based and policy solutions to marine conservation challenges.” Whether stimulating public-private partnerships in support of conservation, building capacity within communities to manage resources sustainably, collaborating with researchers and resource managers to translate science into action, or working with decision makers to enact meaningful policy reforms, her multidisciplinary background has proven to be an asset.
SEA Semester Alumna in the News
“Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma”
By Karen Weintraub, The New York Times
SEA Semester alumna Kate Mansfield, C-109, sea turtle biologist and professor at University of Central Florida, was recently featured in a story in The New York Times.
In addition to wiping out homes and businesses, Hurricane Irma swept away a large number of sea turtle nests as it tore across Florida last month.
The state is a center of sea turtle nesting, and this year was developing into a very encouraging year for the endangered leatherback turtles, the threatened loggerheads and green turtles, said Kate Mansfield, a marine scientist and sea turtle biologist at the University of Central Florida. The hurricane suddenly dashed those hopes.
Ever since Rich Wilson completed his solo circumnavigation in the Vendée Globe 2016 ocean race in February, his friends at SEA have been waiting to hear the details of this inspiring adventure.
Wilson, a longtime SEA trustee and overseer, obliged them last Sunday when he addressed the SEA Semi-Annual Dinner at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth.
Wilson was the only American to compete in the race as well as the oldest participant. He completed the race in 107days.
SEA Semester in the News
Globetrotter Magazine: Reflections from Abroad 2017 - 2018
There I was, standing 30 feet above the water, my toes curled over the ledge, about to jump into a frighteningly beautiful ocean trench in Samoa!
I really didn’t want to, but I had to, because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. The Samoan kids took the plunge, and then Mike leaped, and Erin wanted to, so I had to! I guess I felt peer pressure, but I like to think of it as good peer pressure.
The drop felt interminable, and I didn’t know what to do with myself in the air for that long. Finally the ocean’s surface broke my fall, and the water scooped me up and cradled me as if I were a newborn baby. Compliments for that amazing experience go to the Sea Education Association (SEA), through which I learned so much about nautical science, marine biology, and myself.
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Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.
Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.
CONGRATULATIONS to SEA Capt. Chris Nolan!
His documentary, “Transatlantic, A Voyage of Discovery,” about last summer’s SEA Semester voyage from Woods Hole to Ireland, has won the Feature Grand Prize at the International Maritime Film Festival. The festival celebrates the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of maritime pursuits.
The 38-minute film follows the students of SEA Semester class C-267 as they challenge themselves in an epic adventure, and forge lasting bonds as shipmates on a lengthy and inspiring ocean passage.
The documentary will be screened at the film festival in Bucksport, Maine, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 am. There will also be a Q & A with the filmmaker, Chris Nolan, at 2:10 pm.
Tickets may be purchased at the festival website.
Watch the trailer: