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June 29, 2017

S-274: Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Proposed cruise track for S-274, Protecting the Phoenix Islands.

The students of S-274, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa, by July 7th. They will return to American Samoa around August 11th, after 3 port stops in the Phoenix Islands Protected area, scheduled to be Kanton, Nikamuroru, and Orona.

Ship's Company

Captain: Chris Nolan
Chief Mate: Cassie Sleeper
2nd Mate: Snark Waddington
3rd Mate: Adrienne Wilber
Engineer: Dylan Whitney
Assistant Engineer: Amber Kinter
Steward: Nevin Schaeffer
Chief Scientist: Deb Goodwin
Assistant Scientist: Abby Cazeault
Assistant Scientist: Nick Dragone
Assistant Scientist: Janet Bering
TA: Rich King
Labhand: Cheryl Bube
Observer- Kiribati:  Kareati Waysang


Kyle A. Alvanas, University of Rhode Island
Jacob Atkins, American University
Kathryn Benson, Stetson University
Madison Boettner, Boston College
Claire Bradham, Kenyon College
Adrielle Cailipan, San Francisco State University
Isaac Carroo, Rice University
Carmen Chan, Cornell University
Zhenghua Chen, Trinity College
Henry Coe, Oberlin College
Veronica Ellis, University of California, Berkeley
Aidan Greer, Swarthmore College
Eryu Guo, Barnard College
Barbara Heerkens, Northern Arizona University
Ian Kasaitis, McDaniel College
Devin Kuhn, American University
Cassidy Manzonelli, UNC Chapel Hill
Amelia McCarthy, Bryn Mawr College
William Moreno, University of Richmond
Jessima Ranney, University of Maine
Jared Rose, Skidmore College
Nicholas Rummel, Colorado School of Mines
Hailey Simpson, University of Rhode Iskand
Katherine Suchanec, Penn State University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: ships company  s274 • (35) Comments
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#1. Posted by Ramon/Rose on July 06, 2017

Wishing all your journeys be safe-and fun filled- one. Be careful-learn a lot!!
Ciao—-Adrielle-and to your class be safe!
Dad and Mom.. all aboard!

#2. Posted by Kathy Andrews on July 07, 2017

What an amazing expedition. Trinity College is proud that chemistry major Zhenghua Chen ‘18 is aboard. Our Communications Office would love to hear all about this adventure. Bon voyage!


Kathy Andrews

#3. Posted by Martha on July 08, 2017

Godspeed.  What an amazing adventure and may you all find your way safely back home.

#4. Posted by Ron Simpson on July 08, 2017

Hi Hailey, Just a note to say hello. Hope you are having a great time and have a lot to talk about when you come home.
Love from us.

#5. Posted by Barb Suchanec on July 09, 2017

Hi SKate! Wishing you and all of your classmates an amazing and safe voyage.  Have fun, learn a lot, take great pictures, and wear your sunscreen.  Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.  Carpe diem!  Love, Mom

#6. Posted by Talia on July 09, 2017

I hope you’re having the bestest time ever and that you have gotten plenty of sun and tuna larvae.
Try to stay awake at your overnight watches!
I love you smile

#7. Posted by Anthony Porter on July 09, 2017

Hoping all of your travels are safe and productive! Now hurry up and save the world already! It’s getting hot over here.
Just kidding.
I love you Barbara Ann.
(She likes to be called Bubblina wink
Anthony Porter

#8. Posted by M Norman on July 09, 2017

Bon voyage, fair winds, safe travels!

#9. Posted by Berrin Kuhn on July 10, 2017

Good morning Everyone -
Wishing all of you guys a safe and lovely adventure !!
Devinim , Caniskom !! Iyi yolculuklar .. Love you cicegim
Big Hugs to you all !!

#10. Posted by Sandra M Vacchetto on July 10, 2017

Have a great time enjoy every minute of every day. Knowledge is power and you are in charge of your own power ...

God Bless Barbara Heerkens and safe travels


Aunt Sandi

#11. Posted by Susan Cassling on July 10, 2017

Veronica, a great journey awaits you. I look forward to hearing all about the work you and your fellow students perform. I’m so very proud of you.
“Make new friends….”
with love and care, Sue Cassling

#12. Posted by Kim McCormick on July 10, 2017

Fair winds and following seas! 

Wishing you all good health, adequate sleep, and minimal seasickness and sunburn -

Claire’s mom

#13. Posted by Gretchen Petrie on July 10, 2017

Hey Kyle!?
What did the ocean say to the sailboat? ... nothin’ he just waved! lol
I know you’re having a fantastic time and I cannot wait to hear all about it!!! Missing you over here and I love you always! Sending big hugs to you and everyone aboard! So beyond proud of you.

xox G

#14. Posted by Tim and Kathy Hollaway on July 10, 2017

Hey, Cassidy M! 

Wishing you a fabulous adventure, and a wealth of new knowledge and experiences.


Tim and Kathy

#15. Posted by Skip on July 11, 2017

To my daughter Barbie. Wish I was with you. Safe going——

#16. Posted by Ed Cailipan on July 11, 2017

Safe Travels and Goodluck Adrielle

#17. Posted by Athena Angel on July 12, 2017

I know you’re going to have an amazing time and I am so unbelievably proud of you for following your dreams and accomplishing so many incredible things. You are an amazing person Barbara-Ann and I am so lucky to be able to call you my best friend. I love you! And I miss you already.

Athena Angel

#18. Posted by Susan Grassi on July 12, 2017

Kyle, Thinking of you during this exciting time! Little Rhody misses you and so do we!!

#19. Posted by Marie Heerkens on July 12, 2017

Hi Barbie!!!!
I hope you’re having a wonderful time learning & studying science in the Pacific!!! WOW!!! so Proud of You!!!!

#20. Posted by Paige on July 12, 2017

hi kyky,

I hope you’re having FUN!!! Gretch and I can’t wait to hear stories when u come home smile I don’t really know what to say here but I hope you have an amazing experience and safe travels!

w mucho love,


PS sorry i took the big bed at ryan’s LOL mulu

#21. Posted by Kirsten Ellis on July 13, 2017

We are thinking about you all, and especially Veronica!  Hoping for smooth sailing, and many exciting, inspiring and productive sessions in the weeks ahead!

#22. Posted by Berrin Kuhn on July 13, 2017

Devinim !!!
We already miss you a lot !!
Everyday we are looking to the Blog to see what you guys doing and where you are !!
Under big sky, I am always thinking about you ..
I hope you are ok !!
We are so proud about you…
Love you alotttt .. Mom & Dad + Ginger

#23. Posted by Devin Kuhn on July 13, 2017

Hi Devin. The experience of a lifetime!
May knd winds and gentle seas be with you all.
Love, Omie and Opa

#24. Posted by Berrin Kuhn on July 13, 2017

Btw we got back to Lisbon !! Mom

#25. Posted by Steve & Kim on July 14, 2017

Attention Jacob Atkins - Happy Birthday, Jack1 Hope you’re having a great time, and the sea isn’t too rough? Lots of love Uncle Steve and Auntie Kim xxx

#26. Posted by Hailey Simpson on July 16, 2017

Hi Hailey thinking of you always hope everything is well and that your having a great time.grampa and I are trying to follow you doing pretty good.talked to mom and dad their having a good time. You take care of yourself be safe have fun we miss you and love you gramma and Grampa

#27. Posted by Hailey Simpson on July 17, 2017

Hi thinking of you all the time hope your having fun and working hard. Pictures are great I’m all over the place. Megan and we are heeded to the cape on Friday .talked to mom and dad yesterday all went well at the cape for them. We love you and can’t Waite to hear about your adventure gramma and Grampa xxxxoooo.

#28. Posted by Skip Heerkens on July 17, 2017

Hi Barbie, hope you are having a great time. been looking at all the info on Woods Hole and checking out the video’s
from prior voyages, also watching South Pacific again—wish I was there—-Lov Lezy & Dad

#29. Posted by Lisa Simpson on July 18, 2017

Hello to Hailey and All!!
Hope your trip is going well and life-altering!!  The pictures and posts are amazing and we look forward to seeing them.  What an amazing experience you are all having and I’m sure you are forming wonderful relationships.  Keep taking it all in; learning about the ocean and island environments, sailing that beautiful ship, and just enjoying the stars at night and sunrises/sunsets in such an incredible part of the world.
Update from home - Nate passed his instrument licence and just got home last night…. finally!!
Love you and miss you lots!!
Mom, Dad, Nate, and Daisy

#30. Posted by Barbara Suchanec on July 18, 2017

Hi Skate,

Looks like you all are working hard and having a good time.  What an adventure. Thanks to all for the blog posts, I am enjoying them. Waiting for a blog post by the Penn State crew member! 

Can’t wait to hear about your adventures when you get back.  Miss and love you Sunshine! 

Love, Mom

#31. Posted by Berrin Kuhn on July 18, 2017

Devinim Cicegim -
I really wish you are with me today, on my birthday.  Your card made me tear-up. That was my best birthday gift ever. You are the best kid ever for sending that card to me with Dad. I am missing you a lot, kiddo! BTW, it did NOT rain today

#32. Posted by Elinor kuhn on July 22, 2017

How interesting to read all the insightful comments. devin, you can compare your experience with Va. Beach weather -hot and humid. It has been near 100 at the beach with high humidity. Love O &O

#33. Posted by katherine ranneu on July 23, 2017

Sail on, Pumpkin !

#34. Posted by Anthony Porter on August 01, 2017

Hope you are all well and safe!!! Take lots of pictures and all of us are so excited to see you and hear about your adventures! I love you Barbara Ann, we all miss you so ridiculously much; whatever you decide to do, choose what makes you happy!

#35. Posted by jenny steffes on August 10, 2017

Hi Barbara!!! I should’ve been on this site a LONG time ago!  You have seriously been on my mind so much smile  Cant wait to hear about your adventures—-I wish all of you there the BEST!



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