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July 10, 2019

A Steady Breeze!

Silas Blunk, A watch, St. John’s College (Santa Fe)


The Robert C. Seamans experienced moderately high winds and seas during the first couple days of our trip, but weather over the last few days has calmed significantly, with wind from the east north easterly direction dropping to a Beaufort force 2 yesterday and sea swell in the range of 3-6 ft.

July 09, 2019

Getting Used to Life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans

Elliot Hayne, B Watch, Denison University


It’s a hard thing to describe accurately, but it is strange and difficult to acclimate to living situations that never stop moving. I’ve always been sensitive to listen to any crashing or colliding sounds, which often mean something’s broken, especially in the kitchen.

July 08, 2019

A Good Day

Patricia Dougherty, C Watch, New York University

When a member from C watch gently woke me at 0515, I knew it was going to be a good day.

July 07, 2019

Our first official class

Carol (Xinrong) Guo, C watch, Colby College

Today is the first day that we have a peaceful sea! Woken up by our B-watch friends, we came on deck around 0050. It was cool out on the deck. Mild sea breeze gently blew our last bit of sleepiness away. The wave has largely decreased, too. We can almost stand by ourselves without holding onto anything else.

July 06, 2019

We Set to Sea

Delaney Swann, C Watch, Boston University

The majority of SEA class S-287 was arrived in Pago Pago two days ago, late at night. We took a bus from the airport to the ship, and because the speed limit in Pago Pago is 25 mph, (and because the bus driver was really jamming the entire way to the Seamans) we were able to catch a few snippets of what life in the American Samoa must be like.

July 05, 2019

Students arrive in Pago Pago

Students all arrived safely last night. 1st assistant scientist Janet and I went to the airport to greet the students and take them to the ship.

June 25, 2019

S-287: Protecting the Phoenix Islands


The students of S-287, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on July 3rd to begin a six-week round-trip voyage to the Phoenix Islands.

September 27, 2018

Dr. Jan Witting Discusses SEA Research and the PIPA Trust

SEA Semester

SEA Professor of Oceanography Jan Witting recently completed his 5th research expedition to the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) with SEA Semester class S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands. As a member of PIPA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, he will be contributing data collected on his voyages at a meeting of the PIPA Trust later this month.

Q: Jan, can you begin by briefly telling us more about both PIPA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and the PIPA Trust.

A: When the Phoenix Islands Protected Area was established in 2006, it was by an act of Kiribati parliament. In that legal framework, the PIPA Conservation Trust has the task of guiding and governing the operation and future development of PIPA, working with a broad array of international partners. The Trust oversees the funds that have been raised to help compensate Kiribati for lost fishing license revenue. Under the Trust, the PIPA implementation office (PIO) is a body whose job it is to implement the Trust’s decisions on the ground. The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) serves to inform both the PIO and the Trust to advise them of the current scientific understanding of a broad array of topics relevant to managing the ecosystems within PIPA. Members of the SAC come from many different disciplines and backgrounds, and some of us are involved in active research programs within PIPA.

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August 11, 2018

Five weeks in the middle of the Pacific

Annabel Spranger, C Watch, Denison University

Hey everyone, it’s Annabel again. We are currently on our way to American Samoa, preparing to anchor tomorrow and go through customs on the morning of the 13th. It has been a whirlwind of a trip, but luckily the past few days have been a good time to reflect on the 5 weeks that just passed us by.

August 09, 2018

An eye-opening experience

Christ Romero, B Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst


WOW!! I can’t believe we have sailed across the Pacific Ocean, crossed the equator, visited some atoll islands and are now on our way to our very last port stop in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Today is Friday and in just three days I’ll be on a plane flying back home.

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