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May 29, 2019

The War of 1812 and Pirate Jean Lafitte: Elsaesser Research Continues along Gulf Coast

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Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, continues his research along the Gulf Coast as part of his project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an expedition to explore the maritime history, fortifications, and lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.”

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May 28, 2019

Robert C. Seamans Visits the Cook Islands

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
Cook Islands News
Tall Ship Call In

Registered in the US, the vessel is dedicated to oceanographic science research –that entails the sampling of seawater and marine life for close study – which teaches people about the ocean and traditional sail training.

The ship is one of two tall ship scientific research vessels operated by the United States-based Sea Education Association (SEA).

Read the full story.

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May 24, 2019

Grinnell College Student Experiences Natural Wonders, Natural Tragedy in New Zealand

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
“Student Experiences Natural Wonders, National Tragedy in New Zealand”
by Phuc Huynh Le ’22
Grinnell College News

Standing watch on a 134-foot-long sailboat from 1 to 7 a.m., Isaac Ferber sighted what appeared to be a fast line of light traveling near the ocean surface off the coast of New Zealand.

“It was cloudy that night. I heard what sounded like something breathing in the water, which is somewhat alarming in the pitch dark,” Ferber says. After scanning the water, he spotted a dolphin maneuvering in such a way as to cause water-suspended bacteria to glow brightly due to fluorescence. He figured they were likely from the Vibrionaceae family of bacteria because he had learned about their fluorescent properties in his classes aboard ship.

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May 23, 2019

Exploring the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

Sharla Friend, Mary Noyes and Sarah Stover, University of San Diego, Whitman College, Wellesley College

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Student Researchers Investigate the Microbiome of the Sargasso Sea

In the high seas region of the Sargasso Sea, college researchers pluck samples from the ocean’s twilight zone to study how microbes might affect climate change. On March 30th, undergraduates of Sea Education Association’s Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program (MBC) boarded the SSV Corwith Cramer, and sailed East from Key West, FL toward the Sargasso Sea, also known as the North Atlantic Gyre. Student researchers Sharla Friend, Mary Noyes and Sarah Stover investigated the microbial biodiversity of the Sargasso Sea’s deep and surface regions, specifically targeting the twilight zone; the region where the sun’s light begins to fade away, sampling communities from as deep as 650m which is about a half mile below the sea’s surface is nearly.

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May 23, 2019

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Sargasso Sea

Jane Sheng, Will Sandke, Leah Martinez, University of Washington, Smith College, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Researchers study the isopod parasite infecting slender Sargassum shrimp

Known as the slender Sargassum shrimp, Latreutes fucorum plays a critical role in the Sargasso Sea ecosystem, but could a common parasite be a threat? Students of SEA’s Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program recently returned from a six-week voyage sailing north through the Atlantic aboard the tall ship ocean research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer.

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May 22, 2019

SEA to Host Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium

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This one-day symposium is the capstone experience for students from SEA Semester class C-285 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. The event includes oral presentations of the students’ science, policy and conservation research to a panel of invited experts, and contributes directly to international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea.  Student presentations will be interspersed with related talks given by some of the invited participants. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.


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

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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 15, 2019

Partnership Education Program Featured in NOAA News

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Partnership Education Program (PEP) in the NEWS

NOAA Fisheries / Northeast Fisheries Science Center
College Students Head to Woods Hole for Summer of Science
Diversity Program Celebrates its 10th Anniversary June 27-29

Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the country will arrive in Woods Hole on June 1 for the summer. All will be members of the 11th class of the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP), which was started in 2009.

PEP is a project of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, founded in 2004 by the six scientific institutions in Woods Hole to attract and retain a more diverse workforce, one that reflects the changing demographics of the nation and the world. This year PEP is also celebrating its 10th anniversary with a workshop and weekend of activities June 27-29.

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May 02, 2019

SEA Semester Alumnus and Former Trustee Rick Murray, W-71, Named Deputy Director at WHOI

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SEA Semester in the NEWS

WHOI Names Rick Murray Deputy Director & Vice President for Research
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) announces that Dr. Richard W. Murray has accepted the position of the Deputy Director & Vice President for Research of the institution. He will assume the office on Sept. 1, 2019.

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April 30, 2019

SEA’s Dr. Kerry Whittaker Studies Possible Sargassum Impact on Bermuda

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
Researchers checking if seaweed is a threat
by Sarah Lagan

Researchers are checking if a rare variant of sargassum seaweed that has invaded Caribbean coastlines could make its way to Bermuda.

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