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May 22, 2019

SEA to Host Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium

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This one-day symposium is the capstone experience for students from SEA Semester class C-285 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. The event includes oral presentations of the students’ science, policy and conservation research to a panel of invited experts, and contributes directly to international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea.  Student presentations will be interspersed with related talks given by some of the invited participants. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.


May 22, 2019

Student Researchers Dive Deep to Better Understand Sargassum and Its Impact on Coastal Communities

Alexandra Reilinger, Cecilia Howard, Gail Johnson, Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College

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The seaweed appears as if out of nowhere, vast swaths suddenly blanketing the beaches of Caribbean islands, yet little is known about the many various forms of the Sargassum seaweed.  Student researchers set out to study the genetics of the pervasive weed, a critical building block of the ecologically rich Sargasso Sea, to better understand the role it plays in the dynamic ocean environment.

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May 21, 2019

SEA PROFILE: Victoria Smith, Alumni Coordinator & Illustration Instructor

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As many mariners and naturalists do, SEA Semester students make sketches and keep journals. For members of the Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program, illustration and journaling are part of the curriculum.  Leading the instruction this past winter with Class C-284 was Victoria Smith, SEA’s alumni coordinator, and an accomplished artist in her own right.

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May 21, 2019

THE VIEW FROM ALOFT: Planning for Yard Periods

Jen Haddock, Port Captain

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Greetings from the marine department, where we’re constantly thinking about our ships. As I write this, spring is in the air and we’re gearing up for the arrival in Woods Hole of the SSV Corwith Cramer.

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May 19, 2019

The Best 6-Hour Watch

Alique Fisher, C Watch, Colgate University

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I will admit that when I heard we were to sail on the Corwith Cramer from NYC to Woods Hole at the beginning of our summer break, I was expecting blue skies, warm sun, and essentially beach weather. Yes, I packed a bathing suit.

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May 17, 2019

Stanford@SEA: Report from the South Pacific

Barbara Block, Chief Scientist

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Spirits are high aboard the SSV Robert C Seamans as our Stanford@SEA students are now experienced sailors with over 4 days and nights at sea.  We are very close to Iles Maria, the first stop on our cruise track in the outer islands of French Polynesia.

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May 17, 2019

A Beautiful Morning for Science (and whales)

Davi Bendavid, A Watch, Colgate University

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This morning when I opened my eyes in my cozy bunk after being woken by Colin at around 0600, I was extra eager. A Watch was assigned to the 0700 to 1300 shift, and I was assigned to be in lab.

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May 16, 2019

Dawn Watch

Mayzie Potton and Emily Cope, B Watch, Colgate University

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We were awoken by the calming voice of Giovanni Vigilante at 0030. After scrambling our way into the usual five layers of clothing, topped off by our foul weather gear and trusty harnesses, we headed up to the deck to join the rest of B watch and begin the Dawn Watch.

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May 16, 2019

The Ocean as Classroom

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

An in-depth conversation with SEA Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell on teaching at SEA, the health of coral reefs, and the mysteries of the Sargasso Sea

Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell is the former director for SEA’s Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program and led the creation of SEA’s Reef Expedition programs.  A graduate of College of the Holy Cross (BA), SUNY Stony Brook (MS) and University of Wisconsin at Madison (PhD), his areas of interest include the ecology of marine and freshwater habitats with a focus on distribution, diversity, and species composition of plankton communities, the ecology of pelagic Sargassum and its associated community, marine environmental history, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, science illustration and storytelling.


May 15, 2019

A Shift in Fortunes

Colin Jones, C Watch, Colgate University

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A sailor’s life and livelihood are inextricably tied to the weather; the winds and waves can make or break a voyage. From the very moment we set foot upon the deck of the Cramer, that fact has been apparent.

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