SEA Currents: News
October 22, 2019
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Alumna Featured in University of Missouri, St. Louis News
SEA Semester in the NEWS
"Biochemistry and biotechnology major Sharla Friend spends semester of discovery at sea"
By Steve Walentik
Sharla Friend has had a couple months now to readjust to life on land.
She’s fallen back into the routine of taking courses as she works toward a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and she’s on track to graduate next fall.
But there’s a part of her still longing to be out on the ocean, rising before dawn to gaze with wonder at the stars blanketing the sky or deploying scientific equipment to help in her search for secrets below the surface.
Friend was one of 12 university students around the country who took part in the Sea Education Association’s SEA Semester Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Program last spring. They spent almost six weeks aboard the tall ship “Corwith Cramer” and sailed from Key West, Florida, to Bermuda and then to New York, conducting field research throughout their voyage.