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SEA Currents: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems


November 05, 2018

Sayonara Mama Seamans

Therese Ohman, B-Watch, Suffolk University

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We did it. S-282 is in Auckland! The only thing crossing my mind is how did it end so quickly?! Last week on the boat our Professor, Jeff, said in just a week we will be on land again and everything will be different and just like that, it was.


November 02, 2018

Skills, Useful and Otherwise

Glenn Billman and Cam Chertavian, B-Watch, Northeastern University and Bowdoin College

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Greetings loved ones. Let’s take a journey. I… know a place… where the grass is really greener. Oh oh!

Just kidding. That’s the start of a Katy Perry song. And this is the S-282 blog post! Haha.


November 01, 2018

The End is Nigh

Malika Elizabeth, B-Watch, The Evergreen State College

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This morning started with the sun shining its beautiful rays on the South Pacific Ocean. It was a glorious sight. B-Watch was just finishing up dawn watch and for the second half I had the opportunity to be Junior Watch Officer.


October 31, 2018

Spooky Seamans Shenanigans

Emily Settlecowski, C Watch, University of Denver

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Happy Halloween! Like most things, I’ve learned Halloween is better at sea than on land. My Halloween started off early as I was on evening watch from 1900-0100, so along with my fellow C-watchers I brought in Halloween on deck.


October 30, 2018

An Introduction to Sea Legs

Charlotte Lynch, Deck Intern

Spend a Semester at Sea

First thing’s first, I would like to wish Happy Birthday to my dad! Another S.E.A. alum and the only reason I ever thought to do SEA Semester. As I am now back as a deck intern, it has clearly influenced me for the better. Thank you Dad, I love you, Happy Birthday.


October 29, 2018

Stepping up and Stepping Back

Rachel Scudder, Chief Scientist

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As we move in to the last full week of the sailing component of the SPICE program I’ve been thinking a lot about a leadership training term that has stuck with me for quite some time. The idea of stepping up and stepping back. Generally it means knowing when to give others the space to share ideas or experience with a group and when you may need to take the lead even if it’s uncomfortable.


October 26, 2018

Music on board

Farley Miller, Assistant Scientist

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Last night Christian and I were playing music, struggling through ‘Pallet on your floor’ on the leeward side. All we had were our spotty memories of lyrics and his fine ear for chords to guide us through. We puzzled out the verse and chorus eventually, but for the life of us could not remember all the words. We half-heartedly attempted to make up our own, but it was getting past 21:00 (sailors’ midnight) and we turned in for the night.


October 25, 2018

Life among the Copepods

Debora Ortiz, A Watch, Knox College

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My day started at 0100 with dawn watch. At first I thought dawn watch was the worst watch because who wants to be woken up in the middle of the night to work in the lab and on deck, right? Actually, it turned out to be one of my favorite times for watch because although we’re sleepy during the first hour or two, we get to see the sunrise and eat a delicious breakfast at the end.


October 24, 2018

The Beginning of the End

Dietrich Klug, C-Watch, Sewanee: University of the South

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Today is our third day of the long haul to our final destination of New Zealand. The day started off as any normal day C-Watch had the deck at 0100 to 0700 switching positions of lookout, the helm, boat checks and science processing.


October 23, 2018

ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans

Lizzy Hinman, A Watch, Grinnell College

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Hello to all you land folks out there! Thinking that there would be little to talk about since we have already settled into the routine of being underway, I had prepared a fun vocabulary list of sorts to help you understand some of the important aspects of living on the Seamans. Well, I was wrong - there is never a dull day on the Mama Seamans, and there is plenty to talk about regarding these past 24 hours. So, as a compromise, I’ll give you a quick rundown of our day before I go into the ABC’s of the Robert C. Seamans.


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