SEA Currents: News
February 10, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: SEA Semester Students Examine Caribbean Culture and Environment
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WOODS HOLE, MASS. — The college students listed below recently arrived aboard the research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to spend six weeks in the Caribbean studying the region’s environment, culture, and history. These students are enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, a multi-disciplinary study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA) of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Students on the voyage represent colleges and universities from the U.S., with majors ranging from History and Anthropology to Environmental Studies and Marine Affairs.
The SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA’s state-of-the-art tall ship ocean research vessel, a 134-foot brigantine, will serve as home, classroom, and laboratory during the voyage, which ends in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. On board, students will become full working members of the ship’s crew, sharing responsibilities for standing watch, processing oceanographic samples, navigating by sextant, and participating in round-the-clock operations under the guidance of professional mariners and oceanographers.
In addition to snorkel-based coral reef surveys, the students will have the opportunity to study whale behavior and conduct marine mammal acoustic research during the peak of humpback breeding season. They’ll also study natural history illustration and scientific journaling. Each student will chronicle their voyage through field sketches, technical diagrams, scientific data records, personal accounts, and stories.
In multi-day port stops in St. John, St. Martin, Montserrat, Dominica, Bequia, and Grenada, the students will meet with local experts and conduct field-based research on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics. Past student research projects have explored fisheries management and invasive species, coral reef biodiversity, regional initiatives in response to climate change, and the need for renewable energy alternatives.
The program began on January 2nd when the class arrived at SEA Semester’s campus in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole for six weeks of preparatory coursework. In addition to participating in a rigorous course load, the students visited Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library and the Marine Biological Laboratory Library to access rare archives from centuries of previous Caribbean voyages.
• Track their six-week voyage on the SEA Semester blog through March 18.
• SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean will next be offered in Spring 2021.
• Download photos and access more information about SEA Semester through our online press kit.
About Sea Education Association/SEA Semester®
Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For nearly 50 years and with 1.3 million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester. SEA/SEA Semester is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and owns two research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the Pacific. In 2016, SEA was honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its role in promoting the public understanding of science and engineering. Last year, the National Maritime Historical Society presented Sea Education Association with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.
Courtney Boucher, Sewanee: University of the South
Jessica Brewer, University of New England
Anna Capitano, College of the Atlantic
Jessie Floyd, Bard College
Kate Gonzalez, Harvard University
Ela Keegan, College of the Atlantic
Dillon LaViale, The George Washington University
Zoya Mohsin, Cornell University
Savier Morales, College of the Atlantic
Greta Nelson, Vassar College
James Parker, Not Enrolled
Will Robinson, University of Connecticut, Avery Point
Molly Ryan, University of Vermont
Norah Storniolo, Harvard University
Kaitlyn Sweeny, University of Rhode Island
Fiona Thomas, University of New England
Annaleena Vaher, College of the Atlantic
Henry Wasserman, Brandeis University
Kaylie Williams, Beloit College
Oscar Zahner, University of Washington