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December 29, 2014

Global Ocean program profiled in Ocean Health Index official blog

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Dr. Mary Malloy, Director of our new Global Ocean programs, is a guest writer for the Ocean Health Index blog this month.  With SEA Semester’s first two Global Ocean programs now completed, Mary describes how curriculum was tailored to incorporate themes of this valuable new tool, and observations of how students utilized various metrics in their studies both on-shore and at sea.

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December 10, 2014

Class S-256 Featured in Otago Daily Times

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SEA Semester class S-256, The Global Ocean, was featured in the December 8 issue of the Otago Daily Times!

“A group of international research students are turning their eyes on Dunedin after setting sail for southern waters. The 23 undergraduate research students and 12 crew sailed into Otago Harbour aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans yesterday.

The 134ft steel brigantine tall ship, operated by the United States-based Sea Education Association (Sea), was on its first visit to New Zealand waters….”

Read the full article


November 25, 2014

SEA Semester Undergraduates Utilize Ocean Health Index to Investigate Climate Change & Conservation

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For Immediate Release: October 30, 2014


Woods Hole, MA— This fall, undergraduate students from top colleges and universities nationwide are utilizing the newly created Ocean Health Index to explore environmental issues related to climate change, conservation, and sustainability of the world’s oceans in a groundbreaking new study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association. SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, is the first undergraduate program in the world to incorporate metrics of the Ocean Health Index – a comprehensive, global evaluation of the human impact on the world’s oceans – into curriculum. Following a highly selective application process, these forty-four students are spending six weeks on shore at SEA Semester’s campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and six weeks at sea, sailing as crew and scientists onboard SEA Semester’s state-of-the-art ocean research vessels, operating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


July 18, 2014

Microplastics in ocean causing rising concern amongst leading scientists

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Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.

This is the view of two of the world’s most eminent authorities on the subject, Professor Kara Lavender Law, of Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA), and Professor Richard Thompson of Plymouth University (UK).

In an article published today in the journal Science, the two scientists have called for urgent action to “turn off the tap” and divert plastic waste away from the marine environment.

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April 24, 2014

SEA Scientists estimate total mass of plastic particles littering North Pacific subtropical gyre

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SEA Semester® undergraduates aid collection efforts informing plastic “garbage patch” studies in Pacific Ocean

An estimated 21,290 metric tons of plastic particles are currently floating in the North Pacific subtropical gyre, with a mass equivalent to 132 Boeing 747 airplanes or 120 blue whales. This estimate, the most complete and accurate evaluation of Pacific Ocean plastic pollution to date, comes from eleven years of plastic debris collection and the efforts of over 1,700 undergraduate students studying abroad with SEA Semester, operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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