SEA Currents: News
April 14, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
New Zealand to Tahiti: Spiro ’18 and Wu ‘18 are Sailing Through the Semester. No, Really.
By Doug Cook
Math and physics major Carina Spiro ‘18 and Jacquelyn Wu ’18, a math major, are sailing the South Pacific Ocean in an effort to address and better understand some of the most pressing global questions related to the marine environment.
Through SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), Spiro and Wu, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, are conducting guided field research projects during a voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti.
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April 06, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
Knox Students Navigate Research at Sea
By Elise Goitia
Know College News
Some students cross the ocean to get to their study abroad destination. For environmental studies major James Egan ‘18 and history major Will Fitzgerald ‘17, their study abroad desination is the ocean.
Egan and Fitzgerald are enrolled in SEA Semester, a 12-week program where students take classes and conduct research while living aboard a ship. The experience is one of more than 90 different locations worldwide where Knox College offers opportunities for students to study off campus.
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March 29, 2017
10 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A GAP YEAR
From hiking in the Andes to volunteering at a local hospital, a gap year is a personal journey of exploration. Such a journey can take many routes. So how do you plot your path?
The following are some of the key elements that students typically consider when planning their gap year.
Read through the list, and consider which items are important to YOU.
Doing so may help you define your priorities as you decide on your gap year experience.
March 17, 2017
Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Sugar & Sunshine: The Long-Term Environmental Impact of Extracting Wealth from the Caribbean,” on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. SEA professor Craig Marin will deliver the lecture, part of SEA’s Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
March 01, 2017
Ex.Ex.Redux: Elsaesser Fellowship winner Timothy Dwyer retraces path of 1841 US Exploring Expedition
This past summer, Timothy Dwyer (W-160), the recipient of the 2016 Elsaesser Fellowship, assembled a crew of adventurers to follow in the path of Captain Charles Wilkes and the United States Exploring Expedition of 1841 (the Ex.Ex.) through Pacific Northwest waters. The Ex.Ex was the first global oceanic voyage of exploration, and the drawings and collections from the Ex.Ex. became the foundation of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. Timothy and his crew sailed his 35-foot sloop, Whistledown, through the same waters, and redocumented the natural history of the Salish Sea. His goal was to fill in the blanks of Wilkes’ historic ecological survey using modern survey equipment.
February 15, 2017
Clare McClellan ’18 was determined to find “something completely different” for her junior-year-abroad experience. She found what she was looking for on a 134-foot Brigantine sailing ship in the South Pacific, studying climate change and Polynesian ecosystems and culture.
McClellan joined 25 other undergraduates from throughout the country on a 2,300-mile voyage from Samoa to New Zealand aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, under the auspices of the Sea Education Association, an environmental education and research organization based in Woods Hole, MA.
McClellan, an Environmental Studies major from Portland, OR, began her studies last August at SEA headquarters in Woods Hole, where she and her classmates took courses in oceanography, Polynesian history, and seamanship. McClellan also did some preliminary work on two topics for her individual research projects, one on coastal protection measures in Tonga as a result of sea level rise and a second on environmental education in Tonga.
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January 27, 2017
Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Be not too Bold: Colonial Smuggling and the Stealthy Boat Captains who Made it Possible” on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Carl Herzog, an adjunct faculty instructor at SEA, will deliver the lecture, the second of SEA’s Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
January 20, 2017
After thorough search and evaluation, Sea Education Association has selected Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine for SSV Corwith Cramer’s upcoming major maintenance period.
“We are excited to be working with the staff and management at Front Street Shipyard… for planning and implementation of this important work period for SEA’s senior flagship,” said David Bank, SEA Director of Marine Operations.
An extensive work list is planned, including maintenance on the rigging, engineering systems, galley and living spaces. The work will take place from June through August 2017.
SEA President Peg Brandon expressed thanks to the SEA Marine Operations Department, and to the SEA Ship Committee for their efforts in this project: “The Cramer is now approaching 30 years of age, so it’s important that we continue to invest in her so that she may continue to fulfill our mission at SEA.”
January 05, 2017
Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Rescue at Sea! History & Procedures of Coast Guard Search & Rescue Operations,” on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. Capt. Chris Nolan, an SEA Assistant Professor of Nautical Science, will deliver the lecture, the first of SEA’s Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
December 21, 2016
Karen Merritt, public health educator, street photographer and SEA Semester alumna (W-98), has been selected to receive this year’s Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship award. Karen plans to use the award to investigate and document the “invisible history” of 16th and 17th century mercury and silver mining in Spain and Mexico, which she describes as one of the “longest continuous maritime transport endeavors in history.”
About the Award
Established in 1987 in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III, master mariner, educator and adventurer, who taught Maritime Studies at SEA Semester and sailed as crew aboard the SSV Westward, the fellowship provides an opportunity for recipients to follow a dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study. Fellowship winners actively investigate a marine or maritime subject of personal interest. Projects must be unrelated to their current professional activities and reflect a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge. SEA alumni, faculty, staff, former employees and crew are eligible. Awards range from $3,000 to $7,000.