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March 25, 2019

ALUMNI IN ACTION:  Meet Seth Garfield

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

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As a third-generation resident of Cuttyhunk and an aquaculture pioneer, Seth Garfield, W-23, has made a career on the water and he credits SEA Semester for much of his success.

An active member of the SEA community, Seth’s involvement began in 1975, when he enrolled in SEA Semester as a senior in high school.  He was the youngest in the class—most other students were juniors from Cornell University. His captain was John Metcalfe, and the first mate was Wallace Stark. Wallace went on the sail many voyages as SEA Captain and, as Marine Superintendent, led the design and construction of the SSV Corwith Cramer.

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December 10, 2018

Two Weeks Before the Mast

Lauren Zike, Web & Print Coordinator, S-184

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As an alum of SEA Semester from more years ago than I’d like to admit, I’m passionate about the value of the experience. I’m part of the Admissions & Marketing team for Sea Education Association and my role focuses on maintaining the website, creating print materials, posting to social media and managing the digital marketing.

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July 16, 2018

Q & A with Marty Schwarz, S-239, Fulbright Scholar

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

Marty Schwarz graduated from Carleton College in 2014 with a degree in physics and is an alumnus of SEA Semester, S-239 (Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems).  Last summer, Marty served as an assistant engineer for the SSV Corwith Cramer Major Maintenance Period in Belfast, Maine. He recently was awarded a Fulbright grant.

Q:  Please tell us about your grant, and what’s you’ll be doing (and when).

A: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

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May 31, 2018

SEA Semester Alum Allison Taylor Takes Command of Tall Ship Lettie G. Howard

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SEA Semester alumna Allison Taylor (S-186), is a veteran crewmember of tall ships, and has served on the SSV Corwith Cramer and, most recently, as Chief Mate on the SSV Robert C. Seamans.  She’s now captain of South Street Seaport’s tall ship Lettie G. Howard, a fishing schooner sailing out of Erie, Pennsylvania. She was recently profiled in this feature article in GoErie.  Congratulations on your new position, Allison!

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November 06, 2017

SEA Alumna Kate Mansfield Studies Storm Impact on Turtle Nests

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SEA Semester Alumna in the News
“Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma”
By Karen Weintraub, The New York Times

SEA Semester alumna Kate Mansfield, C-109, sea turtle biologist and professor at University of Central Florida, was recently featured in a story in The New York Times.

In addition to wiping out homes and businesses, Hurricane Irma swept away a large number of sea turtle nests as it tore across Florida last month.

The state is a center of sea turtle nesting, and this year was developing into a very encouraging year for the endangered leatherback turtles, the threatened loggerheads and green turtles, said Kate Mansfield, a marine scientist and sea turtle biologist at the University of Central Florida. The hurricane suddenly dashed those hopes.

Read the full story.

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February 10, 2016

SEA Plastics Expedition Yields Insight on Marine Species Migration

Anne Broache

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Floating plastic debris in the ocean may be more hospitable to some marine animals than originally thought, according to a new study co-authored by a SEA Semester alumnus who gathered samples aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans during the 2012 Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition.

The researchers found that the presence of barnacles on large plastic debris creates a more sustainable long-term habitat for rafting species to take hold and thrive on otherwise slippery surfaces, such as spherical fishing buoys commonly found drifting in the oceans.

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November 03, 2015

SEA Announces 2015-16 Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship Winner

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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If you could follow one dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study, what would it be?

That’s the question that SEA posed this spring when we invited applications from alumni, faculty, staff, and past employees for the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship. The Fellowship program, established in 1987, is in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III, a sailor, educator, and adventurer who sailed on several cruises aboard our now-retired ship, the Westward, and taught Maritime Studies on shore. Armin’s strong curiosity and sense of adventure inspired SEA students and staff alike.

Now we’re excited to announce that Timothy Dwyer, a SEA Semester W-160 alumnus, is our 2015-2016 winner.

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April 09, 2015

SEA Semester Alumni Sail

Victoria Smith, Alumni Relations Coordinator

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

We eagerly await the beginning of our alumni sail where twelve alumni re-live fond (we hope!) memories and share the experience of ship-board life with their guests. True to SEA and SEA Semester, they will become part of the crew and stand watch, sail handle, navigate, steer, perform boat checks and help in the lab and galley. Most importantly, alumni have the opportunity to share the program that had a lasting impact and influence on them with a loved one.

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