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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

September 22, 2016

S-269: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems

Study Abroad Voyage Map

Proposed cruise track for S-269, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems.

The students of S-269, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa by Monday, September 26th. They will arrive in Auckland, New Zealand around November 7th, with port stops in Tonga and Fiji.

Ship's Company

Captain: Jason Amster
Chief Mate: Sara Martin
Second Mate: Ashley Meyer
Third Mate: David Bonner III
Engineer: Benjamin Ahlvin
Assistant Engineer: Clare Feely
Steward: Rebecca Slattery
Chief Scientist: Benjamin Harden
Assistant Scientist: Laura Cooney
Assistant Scientist: Edward Sweeney
Assistant Scientist: Jami Ivory
Anthropology Faculty: Jeffrey Wescott


Adam Bernstein, University of Virginia
Jake Blount, Hamilton College
Emily Chang, Mount Holyoke College
Paige Dempsey, Whitman College
William Ekern, University of Denver
Ben Eliason, Villanova University
Nolan Fromm, Colorado College
Giselle Hart, University of New Hampshire
Alexander Heenan, Western Oregon University
Emma Karsten, Hamilton College
Chloe Keating, Hamilton College
Francesca Korte, Wellesley College
Eliza Krause, University of Redlands
Tehani Louis-Perkins, Whitman College
Clare McClellan, Vassar College
Noah McCord, University of Denver
Savanna Michener, Drexel University
Marina Mozak, Drew University
Emma Newmann, Colgate University
Andrew Prunk, Connecticut College
Tarita Choudhury, Drexel University
Olivia Shehan, Hamilton College
Heather Sieger, College of the Atlantic
Addison Wagner, Kenyon College
Stuart Wolff-Goodrich, University of Vermont


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 Clare Feely on September 23, 2016

Hey Clare! Hope yard went well in AmSam. Work hard and do well, and enjoy Tonga, Fiji, and Auckland!


#2. Posted by Jill Rogers on September 24, 2016

Hi Francesca! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. We’ll miss you this Fall…but will live vicariously through you and your postings/blogs.  Hoping we get to see lots of photos!! 
Love, Jill, Jeff, Jordan and Jamocha!!!

#3. Posted by Ellen Hakala on September 27, 2016

Enjoy this extraordinary voyage and opportunity to learn about life in the South Pacific!!!

#4. Posted by Melly Reuling on October 02, 2016

Hey Lizi Lou,  we just made it off a great river trip.  Wonderful to hear news of your amazing adventure. Miss you tons, keep us posted, love you, M and B.

#5. Posted by Emily Chang on October 02, 2016

Hello Emily,

Wish you best and extraordinary voyage. Enjoy your time and explore the south pacific as well as sailing. We all miss you and take care of yourself. Be Safe.

Love you,
Dad, Mom and Erica



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