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SEA Currents: Pacific Reef Expedition

June 05, 2018

Oceanography Projects Underway

Sofia Giordano, B Watch, Loyola University New Orleans


Hello SEA blog readers, my name is Sofia and I’m a student on this voyage, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a rising Junior studying Environmental Science. I started my day bright and early by getting woken up at 2:30 am by my fellow shipmate Riley to stand dawn watch from 3am-7am.

June 04, 2018

Coral Reefs on the Rebound

Kelly Speare, PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara


Hello family, friends, and avid blog readers following our journey through the Pacific on this Pacific Reef Expedition! I’m Kelly; I’m a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara and former SEA crewmember. I’m thrilled that my path has crossed with SEA once again to join this expedition as a Coral Reef Specialist onboard the Seamans!

June 03, 2018

Arrival at Caroline Island

Rowan DeWitt, C watch, Lake Forest College


I started today at about 3 in the morning, when I failed to wake up on time for my watch. I eventually got on deck in time to catch the briefing from the previous watch, and was subsequently assigned to clean the dishes from last night’s dinner. (This wasn’t a punishment or anything - I was scheduled for dishes duty today). After scrubbing everything clean and brewing a fresh pot of coffee, I went back to help out on deck.

June 01, 2018

Paradise Found

Zhechen Wu, B Watch, Boston University


She is still sailing on a peaceful ocean with all of her members taking care of her. On the science deck, we have scientists deploying the Neuston Net trying to capture at least a side of this mysterious ocean. On the starboard side, we have student crew members trying to haul the halyard.

May 31, 2018

The learning never ends

Nathaniel Yee, University of San Diego


Hello from the Robert C Seamans class 280. My name is Nat; I am an incoming sophomore at University of San Diego, originally from Oahu.

Today was day two of our four day voyage between Rangiroa and Caroline Island. My day started with a breakfast of sausage, plantain pancakes, rice, and fried eggs. Then I stood watch with my watch team at 0700. For this watch, I was stationed in the lab, where we had four deployments and two surface samples.

May 30, 2018

Oceanographer’s Dream

Tiffany Croucher, B Watch, Eckerd College


Most oceanographers’ biggest dream is to have something named after them. That dream came true for me and just in time for my 22nd birthday. On this beautiful voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii, I am looking at concentrations of microplastics near corals reefs and comparing them to concentrations found in the open ocean.

May 29, 2018

Anchored at Rangiroa

Shuo Wang, A Watch, Wesleyan University


Today we stayed within the beautiful Rangiroa islands the whole day and conducted our first real Reef Survey! We were divided into three separate snorkeling groups based on our Watch, and each Watch group is divided into Coral Team, Fish Team and Invertebrate Team.

May 28, 2018

Perfect Timing

Andrew Shaw, A-Watch, Eckerd College


Today we arrived at Rangiroa. The journey here was not so simple, however!

We diligently navigated our path to Rangiroa, spotting it from afar during our 11-3 Midwatch shift.

May 27, 2018

Working up an appetite

Kris Paulson, C-Watch, University of Michigan-Flint


Today I was assistant steward (chef’s assistant). I say chef and not cook, because every meal is better than excellent. We eat 3 full meals that always include fresh greens & vegetables, and fruits. In addition to those meals, we have 3 snacks.

May 26, 2018

Essential Training Continues

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist


Today we begin to make way toward our next destination, Rangiroa.  However, before we are ready to do so there is still some training to be done.

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