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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.
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“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.
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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 movie:
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The Salt Life
When salmon are young, they leave their freshwater homes and journey to the ocean, where they spend their adult lives, finding nourishment in salt water. Like the fish that have yielded his livelihood, Christopher Wang ’94 had long felt lured to the sea.
“It was just this feeling,” said Wang, who hitchhiked to Seward, Alaska, the summer after his first year at Colgate. He set up camp on the edge of town and walked a mile to the docks daily to ask fishermen for a job until he got work. “It wasn’t a well-thought-out plan,” he admitted.
Eight weeks ago I was driving cross-country to claim my title as Single-Use Plastics Reduction (SUPR) Intern for the Sea Education Association (SEA) NOAA Marine Debris collaboration. Upon arrival, one of my first tasks was renaming our project. While SUPR (pronounced super) Intern was catchy and drew coveted connections between Wonder Woman and myself, it wasn’t exactly informative of my job or earthly abilities. SUPR soon became Trash Shouldn’t Splash, a campaign that officially launches on August 12th 2017 at the Woods Hole Science Stroll.
Trash Shouldn’t Splash is a collaborative project by SEA, Falmouth Water Stewards’ Skip the Straw, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. It aims to reduce the amount of plastic trash in the ocean by decreasing the use of one-time plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, and take out containers. Launching off President Obama’s Executive Order 13707: Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People, I’ve been building an annotated bibliography to survey social norm research. This ongoing project will be a valuable tool when the grant work has been completed.
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Chemist Johanna Schwartz ‘10 featured by Women in 3D Printing
Simon’s Rock News
Chemist Johanna Schwartz, a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and SEA Semester (Ocean Exploration, C-246), was recently featured in her alumni magazine in recognition of her achievement in the science of 3D printing.
Here’s an excerpt:
Johanna always had an interest in science, but when she came to Simon’s Rock, she honed in on chemistry, with biology as her second concentration. She could learn from faculty in all fields and when it came to science, she could try a lot of different subjects and types of research while focusing on chemistry. “It seems that whatever chemistry class I would or could offer, she would take,” said Professor David Myers.
In spring 2013, Johanna took part in the 12-week SEA Semester Ocean Exploration program, which included six weeks aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. Participating in a semester at sea “broadened Johanna’s scope and brought her to the idea of synthesis of natural products, a research interest of mine since my sabbatical in Australia,” David said.
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CAS Students Sail the Pacific for Science
American University News
By Patty Housman
What a way to spend your summer vacation—sailing halfway around the world to study the spectacular Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean, one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.
And the best part—it’s all for the advancement of science.
Two CAS undergrads, Devin Kuhn (BS neuroscience ‘20) and Jacob Atkins (BS mathematics and economics ‘20), are taking part in an eight-week SEA Semester program named Protecting the Phoenix Islands. Along with 24 undergraduate students from universities across the United States, Kuhn and Atkins are sailing on a tall ship and conducting scientific research to contribute to a growing data set of this largely under-studied region.
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