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July 03, 2018

S-281: Protecting the Phoenix Islands


Proposed cruise track for S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The students of S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands (PIPA), will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu by July 5th. They will end their voyage in Pago Pago, American Samoa on August 13 after a three-week visit to the Phoenix Islands. 


Lucas Tecumseh Asher, University of Chicago
Andrew Chin, University of Washington
Chloé-Rose Giovanna Colombero, Harvard University
Sadie Rosalie Cwikiel, Stanford University
Brian Michael Desrosiers, Northeastern University
Emily Elizabeth Fenstermacher, Dickinson College
Cody Hoff, Willamette University
Nathaniel Johnson, Amherst College
Moamoa Kabuati, University of The South Pacific
Makaila Rose Lyons, McDaniel College
Mackenzie Meier, University of New Hampshire
Jessica Panton, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kerry Anne Rogers, Muhlenberg College
Christ Danielle Romero, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Charlie Palmer Schneider, Colorado College
Annabel Spranger, Denison University
Andrew Suski, University of San Diego
Natalie Rose Wigglesworth, Harvard University
Sherie Yang, Villanova University

Ship's Company

Captain: Richard Miller
Chief Scientist: Jan Witting 
Chief Mate: Rebecca Johnson 
2nd Mate: Elizabeth Foretek 
3rd Mate: Hila Shooter 
4th Mate: Colin Graham 
Engineer: Henry Cylkowski 
Engineer: Nathan Bears 
Steward: Sabrina Hutchinson 
Assistant Scientist: Edward Sweeney
Assistant Scientist: Gabrielle Page 
Assistant Scientist: Julia McDowell 
Lab Hand: Laura Rea
Instructor: Henry Bell 
TA: Jacob Jaskiel 

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Protecting the Phoenix Islands, • Topics: s281  pipa  ships company • (18) Comments
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#1. Posted by Sandra Jaskiel on July 05, 2018

Best wishes to all for a safe and successful journey.

#2. Posted by Judie McGrath on July 06, 2018

Makaila Lyons - so proud of you!!  I always knew you would help change the world! <3

#3. Posted by Lorelei Fenstermacher on July 06, 2018

Emily we are so proud of you!  To all of you have a safe and amazing journey.

#4. Posted by Mike Desrosiers on July 06, 2018

Safe sailing and have a great time!

#5. Posted by Jean on July 07, 2018

To all….have a fantastic voyage!

To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean
To ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
To work in the service of life and living
In search of the answers to the questions unknown
To be part of the movement and part of the growing
Part of beginning to understand…..

#6. Posted by Wilfred Cwikiel on July 07, 2018

Students and Ship’s Company of S-281:
It’s so exciting that you will be able to add to the knowledge base and contribute to the protection of the Phoenix Islands! May you have fair winds and following seas. Bon Voyage!

#7. Posted by Eni on July 08, 2018

Wooo!!! Go Sadie!!!

#8. Posted by Andrea Romero on July 09, 2018

Christ Romero- Big hello all the way from Honduras!!! Thank you all for helping to care for our world smile Have a wonderful and safe journey, God bless you all.

#9. Posted by Mabel Chin on July 09, 2018

Bon voyage, Andrew!  We all wished we were sailing with you!  Have the most marvelous time!  We are so proud of you!

Wishing everyone aboard the good ship Robert C. Seamans fair winds and calm seas. 

#10. Posted by TOM CHIN on July 09, 2018

Godspeed, Andrew!

Wishing you a very successful voyage!

#11. Posted by Mary & Bob on July 09, 2018

Hi Kerry,
We hope you are all doing well!
I renewed your zoo membership for you!
Be safe, and follow whatever Captain Rick
and his Crew tell you to do! Miss you/Love you!!
All the Best,
Ma & Da

#12. Posted by Greg Suski on July 09, 2018

To Andy and all aboard: Wishing you the best on this wonderful leg of a lifelong voyage on and for the seas!

#13. Posted by Ana Romero on July 09, 2018

We are so glad that you have such amazing weather to set y’all off. We miss you tons and couldn’t be happier for you and all your ship mates. Can’t wait to hear it all! Soldier on and thank you for taking care of Mama Earth.

“Que es mi barco mi tesoro,
que es mi dios la libertad,
mi ley, la fuerza y el viento,
mi única patria, la mar.”
La canción del pirata por José de Espronceda

#14. Posted by Shelley Ryan on July 10, 2018

Mackenzie, we are so proud of you! We miss you and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Happy and smooth sailing to all aboard the Robert C. Seamans!

#15. Posted by Randy Wert on July 13, 2018

Emily, we’re so excited for you and proud of you! We’ll be tracking your progress. Take good care of yourself!

#16. Posted by John Shipp on July 15, 2018

As a group, your questions for Ricky Arnold on the ISS were among the most engaging, informative and thought-provoking I’ve heard (and seen) directed to any astronaut on station in the last 4 years. Clearly the overlap of your shared experiences (at sea and in space) helps account for the majority of your well-formed inquiries, but it also seems that you collectively took pains to avoid all the least-imaginative questions that ISS crew members typically hear. It made for one of the most intelligent and reciprocally animated PAO events I have ever watched on NASA TV. Thank you! Safe travels to you all!

#17. Posted by Wilfred Cwikiel on July 16, 2018

Hello Sadie!

Looks like you all are close to “crossing the line.” Is there a haircut planned?

I’m enjoying living vicariously through all the blog posts. In addition to everyone asking about your adventures, Bliss featured two of my old faves: Bruce Cockburn and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Here’s a line from one of Cockburn’s tunes that resonated with me after reading about the rain you’ve been having in the ITCZ:
“One day you’re waiting for the sky to fall
The next you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all”

Peace Out,


#18. Posted by Wilfred Cwikiel on August 12, 2018

Hello Sadie,

I hope your sailing and research adventure went well…and you are ready for the next adventure with mom! This is just to let you know that her flight from Sydney to Samoa was cancelled, so now she has to fly back to Honolulu from Sydney and then to Samoa. So, she will be 12 hours late meeting you. Turn on your phone when you get a chance so you and she can text and figure out a way to meet.

Looking forward to seeing you…thinking about coming out for the Big Game and Fleetwood Mac! Until then, enjoy the South Pacific!

Much Love,




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