SEA Currents: News
August 23, 2019
Her Classroom is the Sea: Seattle University Student Explores Phoenix Islands with SEA Semester
SEA Semester in the News
"Her Classroom Is the Sea"
Seattle U - The Newsroom
Seattle University student Michelle Simoni, ’20 (Computer Science), sailed this summer with SEA Semester on a scientific research voyage to the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Gilroy, Calif., native was one of a select group of undergraduates from diverse colleges and universities who conducted research that will assist in the ongoing development of an effective conservation plan for the region.
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on earth, about which little is known. An expanse of ocean about the size of California, it is the largest—and deepest—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, with eight spectacular and fauna-rich coral atolls.