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April 17, 2018

Meet Sailors for the Sea’s New Onboard Reporter!

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Sailors for the Sea’s Onboard Reporter Program, a special partnership between Sailors for the Sea and Sea Education Association, continues this spring with a new Onboard Reporter, Alex Merkle-Raymond. Alex is a student at Northeastern University and is currently aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer with the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program (C-279).


April 12, 2018

SEA Research Professor of Oceanography Kara Lavender Law Lectures on Plastics at Middlebury

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The Problem with Plastics
By Robert Cassidy, The Middlebury Campus

On Thursday April 5, the Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series hosted a lecture by Kara Lavender Law, PhD, titled “Open Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solution.” Over the course of the lecture, Law presented findings from her decades-long career as a research professor of oceanography with SEA Semester and her expertise on ocean circulation and marine debris, addressing common misconceptions about ocean plastics pollution and providing her own insights into the causes of marine debris and the steps we can take to reduce it.

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April 11, 2018

Bowdoin Student Embarks on 3,000 Mile Voyage with SEA

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Brittany Hernandez ’19 Embarks on 3,000-Mile Pacific Ocean Voyage
by Tom Porter, Bowdoin News

Bowdoin junior Brittany Hernandez will be seeing little but the open ocean until the middle of May. The Earth and Oceanographic Science major recently set out on a six-week, 3,000-nautical-mile voyage, under sail, from New Zealand aboard the SSV Robert Seamans, a 134-foot research vessel operated by the Sea Education Association.

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April 05, 2018

UNH Student Takes to the Sea to Study Oceans & Climate

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SEA Semester in the News
An Ocean of Learning
UNH Today
By Jody Record ‘95

Right now, Ella Cedarholm ‘19 is somewhere off the coast of Lyttelton, New Zealand, on her way to Tahiti. Sounds exotic, right? Not in this case; this is a sailing voyage that isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey and the research that takes place along the way.

Cedarholm is aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a tall ship operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA), an undergraduate ocean education program based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the 40-day voyage that will cover 3,500 nautical miles, Cedarholm will share rotating watch shifts with her classmates, doing such things as being a lookout, steering, cleaning, deploying scientific instruments, even cooking. Of the 24-hour shifts, she is most looking forward to the hours between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

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April 02, 2018

Knox Senior Dives into Experiential Learning through SEA Semester

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Knox Senior Dives into Experiential Learning through SEA Semester
Knox College News

by Elise Goitia ‘18

Many Knox students study abroad in a myriad of countries. Other students forego the traditional route of reaching their destination—and take to the seas for their study abroad experience. International relations major Karen Lynch ‘18 enrolled in SEA Semester, a 12-week program where students take classes and conduct research aboard the research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer.

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March 27, 2018

Update on Current Elsaesser Fellowship Research

Michael Jacobson, W-72

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SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, is currently in southern Taiwan documenting the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  He recently sent us his second update on his activities.

Update: I have left Lanyu and have been in the southern part of Taiwan. I learned so much about the current boat culture on Lanyu and how the tatala still retains a singular status for individuals and families. I was able to participate in four fishing summoning ceremonies, two tatala launching ceremonies, and even went out fishing for flying fish one night using lights to attract them.

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March 08, 2018

Olin College of Engineering Student Gives SEA Semester High Marks

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SEA Semester in the News
A Semester at SEA
Olin College of Engineering

SEA Semester is objectively (in my subjective opinion) the best study away program you can choose. If you’re reading this, then you are an Olin student looking for a semester away program. As an Olin student, you are passionate about acquiring knowledge, open to adventure, and hopefully give a damn about the planet. All of those attributes perfectly align with the goals of SEA Semester. Sure, there are other study away programs that will offer to show you the world, teach you stuff, and furnish you with a library’s worth of stories to tell your kids one day, but I didn’t do any of those. So I’m going to tell you what SEA Semester is, why you should do it, and put my contact info down below in case you want to learn more/hear some good stories about the misadventures aboard the good ship SSV Robert C. Seamans.

Read the full story.

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March 05, 2018

Elsaesser Fellow Michael Jacobson Updates Research in Taiwan

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SEA Semester alumnus Michael Jacobson (W-72), the recipient of the 2018 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship award, is currently on Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, documenting the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture.  He recently sent us a brief update on his activities.

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March 02, 2018

Spring Lecture Series to begin March 18

The Sea Education Association Spring Lecture Series will begin on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m., when Mark Long, SEA Associate Professor of History & Social Science and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships will present “In Search of Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett’s Vision of a Greater Caribbean.”

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March 01, 2018

Tall Ships America honors Brandon, Haddock

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

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Tall Ships America, a national organization dedicated to youth education, leadership development, and the preservation of maritime heritage, recognized two members of Sea Education Association at its Annual Conference of Sail Training and Tall Ships, held Feb. 15 - 17 in New Orleans.

SEA President Peg Brandon, W-48, received the Tall Ships America Leadership Award. Given for the first time this year, the award honors “a member who has made a significant contribution to sail training through the demonstration of leadership at the executive / senior level, and whose impact has been felt by the training community at large, beyond that of their own organization.”

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