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February 11, 2019

SEA Semester voyage with NASA scientist featured in New York Times

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A Young Island on Earth May Reveal Clues to How Water Shaped Mars
By Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times

Four years ago, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific, creating a new island. And NASA took notice.

February 04, 2019

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai - A Science Perspective

Rachel Scudder, Chief Scientist


(The following blog post first appeared in October, 2018, and is being reposted due to public interest. See also two student blog posts from Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 about the SSV Robert C. Seaman’s visit to this new island.)

Greetings from the Robert C. Seamans in the middle of the South Pacific.

Over a number of days in the past week the students, faculty, and staff of SPICE 2018, Class S-282, have been extremely privileged to spend time on Hunga Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HTHH). The students have done an excellent job of summing up our time there so far, but what we have been doing here is as close to the original explorers of old as you get in the modern day, so here is everything we’ve done all in one place.

January 31, 2019

NASA Scientists join SEA Semester Students on Research Mission

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NASA Earth Expeditions
Land Ho! Visiting a Young Island
By Ellen Gray

Excitement was in the air when research scientist Dan Slayback of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, approached a small trio of islands in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga. It was October 8th, and Dan had joined the scientists and students with the Sea Education Association’s SEA Semester South Pacific cruise to visit a three-year-old island he’d only seen from space.

November 05, 2018

Sayonara Mama Seamans

Therese Ohman, B-Watch, Suffolk University


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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