SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
November 15, 2018
Grenada Island Component begins
Welcome to Grenada, and welcome to SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition (CRX) – cruise C283 blog! On behalf of Sea Education Association and all the faculty let me say how excited we are to start the next chapter in our academic adventure in the Caribbean.
My name is Jeff Schell and I am the oceanographer and Chief Scientist for CRX. I am here with Captain Sean Bercaw, maritime studies professor Ben Kochan, and Kalina Grabb our resident reef expert from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Together we are the faculty team introducing the students to the rich, historical and cultural traditions of Grenada and the diverse coastal and marine environments. The Grenada Island Component begins on November 15th and concludes on the 27th when we all join the crew onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. However, let’s not get too far ahead ourselves.
The faculty have been here in Grenada for the last few days preparing for the student’s arrival. Our hosts at True Blue Bay Resort could not be more accommodating and friendly. The rooms are comfortable, the views amazing, and the food quite delicious. I must also say thanks to our friends and partners at St. George’s University who have provided our students with ID cards granting access to University resources including the local bus system, library, and health clinic (which we hope not to visit – knock on wood).
By Thursday afternoon the faculty could not have been more excited for the students to arrive! We have an eventful itinerary planned for our time in Grenada and cannot wait to get things started. I will not spoil the fun by giving any of the details away right now. Instead, I encourage you to follow our daily blog. You will hear from the students, your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances. A firsthand account of all that we learn during our time in Grenada.
Thanks for following along and learning about Grenada.
Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist