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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

September 25, 2018

S-282: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems


Proposed cruise track for S-282, SPICE.

The students of S-282, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems (SPICE) join the SSV Robert C. Seamans on Sept. 24th in American Samoa. Their cruise ends in Auckland, New Zealand on Nov. 5th, after stops in Tonga and Fiji. 


Malika Aiyer, The Evergreen State College
Glenn Billman, Northeastern University
Cameron Guy Chertavian, Bowdoin College
Haley Katherine Ferrer, University of Vermont
João Freitas, Colorado College
Elizabeth Hinman, Grinnell College
Dietrich Cremer Klug, Sewanee: The University of the South
Ryan James Lavin, Cornell University
Samuel Owen Noonan, University of Denver
Marie-Therese Ohman, Suffolk University
Debora Ortiz Lustgarten, Knox College
Mariah Elizabeth Reinke, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Emily Settlecowski, University of Denver
Fletcher Sequoya Tague Shell, Southern Oregon University
Charles Thompson, University of California, Santa Cruz

Ship's Company

Captain: Jay Amster
Chief Mate: Allison Taylor 
2nd Mate:Colin Graham
3rd Mate: Christine McCormick 
Engineer: Henry Cylkowski 
Engineer: Merlin Clark-Mahoney 
Steward: Christian Letourneau 
Chief Scientist: Rachel Scudder 
Assistant Scientist: Gabrielle Page 
Assistant Scientist: Helen Dufel 
Assistant Scientist: Farley Miller 
Faculty: Jeffrey Wescott 
Sailing Intern: Gabe Rodriguez 
Sailing Intern: Irena Goldstein 
Sailing Intern: Biz Wallace
Sailing Intern: Charlotte Lynch 
Sailing Intern: Olivia Lord

Previous entry: Next Stop: Tonga    Next entry: (Almost) Underway


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Marilyn on September 25, 2018

Hope your Journey is great.

#2. Posted by Susan Radosti on September 25, 2018

Dear Emily,
What an exciting adventure! We hope you enjoy every minute of this fabulous experience. Best wishes for a safe & successful voyage!
Love, the Radosti Family

#3. Posted by Ken Noonan on September 26, 2018

Dear Sam
So excited for you and your colleagues to have had this experience.  You and your shipmates have been given family support, University support and excellent preparation from SEA staff.  In return; I know you and your shipmates will work hard and the things you learn will make this world a better place.  The intangibles of this experience will be applicable to all of you in all that you decide to do.

I love you buddy, have fun

#4. Posted by Sabrina on September 28, 2018

Hola Debo:
Espero que estés muy bien mamita, se que tengo que escribir en ingles , pero quería que sepas que te queremos y extrañamos. Disfruta cada minuto y aprende mucho ¡
Thanks to all the staff for the support and enjoy your new friends.
Te queremos mucho.
Tu papa y tu mama ¡












#5. Posted by Bailey on September 30, 2018


I’m so proud of you and everything you’re doing!! I miss you so much already. Have the time of your life!

Much love,


#6. Posted by Callan White on September 30, 2018

Dear Lizzy,
We have been tracking you daily!! I know it has to be an amazing and incredible journey.  I hope that you and your shipmates are having the best time, and learning and seeing more than you can imagine.  So impressed.  Miss you. Love you.
Mom and Dad

#7. Posted by Jenny McNamara on September 30, 2018

Hi Em!!

Hope you are having the time of your life! Stay safe and make tons of cool memories, can’t wait to see you when you get back!


#8. Posted by Darrell, Marshall, Amy on September 30, 2018

Hi Dietrich,

Hope you are having fun and learning a lot.  We are looking forward to hearing about all your adventures.  Take care, study hard,have fun!

Safe travels, 

Mom, Dad, Marshall

#9. Posted by Christie on September 30, 2018

Dear Malika,

Hope you have a great experience!

Safe travels,


#10. Posted by Maria Shell on October 01, 2018

Fletcher- I hope you are doing good and sea sickness is not a problem.  Dad and I have been following along on your adventure. Much love from your family!

#11. Posted by Elisabete Silva on October 01, 2018

João, our favourite sailor!

Enjoy every moment of this adventure and “bons ventos”.


Love from your family!


#12. Posted by Darrell, Marshall, Amy on October 01, 2018

Hi Dietrich - keeping up on line.  Looks like some decent waves and swells out there!  Cant wait to catch up. 


#13. Posted by Ryan Lavin on October 02, 2018

Hi Ryan,

I look every night at all the interesting post and pictures. Tonight I was surprised to see your face. The waves sure look LARGE. Hope to hear from you when you get to Tonga. Hope your doing well, we all miss you. Harley keeps waiting for you to get out of your car in the driveway! I believe I have tracked your phone and it’s at Hawaiian baggage waiting on a call to verify. Once confirmed I will have it mailed home.
Study hard and enjoy every minute ... Love you lots!!!!

#14. Posted by Andrew Motil on October 09, 2018

Hi Olivia,

We met on the flight to Maui, the World is in great hands with dedicated, fascinating, interesting, charming and a beautiful soul as you. Be safe, be a “Sponge” worship & love all Life forces! Peace & blessings on your journey~ Andy

#15. Posted by Lewis on October 10, 2018

Great! I hope you learn many new things during your journey.

#16. Posted by Jamie on October 14, 2018

Hi Sam,

Looks like you’re having a killer time. Hope the rest of the journey is safe and lots of fun.

Miss you,



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