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December 12, 2018

The Cramer and her crew in flight

Maria Alfaro, SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry

A Reynolds number (Re) can be used in aquatic science to quantify the viscosity an organism experiences. An organism with a lower Re experiences more viscosity than an organism with a higher Re. Part of the Re formula includes the size of the organism, smaller sizes contributing to smaller Re (more viscosity) and larger sizes contributing to larger Re (less viscosity).

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December 11, 2018

Science beyond SEA Semester, a perspective from an alumnus

Kalina Grabb, Reef Specialist

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Hello land creatures who may be following our voyage, I am the CRX Reef Specialist and my name is Kalina Grabb. I am an SEA alumnus (S250) and currently a Ph.D. student in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department under Dr. Colleen Hansel. My specific research is on reactive oxygen species that are associated extracellularly with coral (more explanations to follow).

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December 10, 2018

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!: An enlightening tour of Montserrat

Christian Watson, University of Indianapolis

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Context: Often when I think about past disasters I categorize them as sort of “old news” since most of these incidents occurred outside of my lifetime. Montserrat is unique in that it has experienced deadly levels of volcanic activity within the last few decades. The Soufriere Hills Volcano which covers most of the southern portion of the island went through periods of intense activity through the 1990s and 2000s.

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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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December 09, 2018

Avoid the Fire Coral!

Sharil Deleon, University of Rhode Island

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Wakeups for Echo at 7 am, I think, but my alarm clock always knows when to wake me up, aka A watch. Eyes are open and at this point, I am surrounded in my cozy bunk, wondering what’s outside my curtains

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December 08, 2018

Laura and Linny’s big day ashore

Lindsay Moon, Syracuse University

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Following our morning rain shower, the clouds cleared to reveal a stunning view of Jurassic Park.  It may not have actually been Jurassic Park, but the island of Montserrat bears a striking resemblance to the fantasy island.

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December 07, 2018

Bunk Love

Rose Edwards, Sailing Intern, College of the Atlantic '18

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During a cruise with SEA Semester, there are many truly amazing things that happen and (for some reason) they always get all the attention on the blog. So this blog post is about a mundane comfort on the ship that is hardly ever mentioned. The title requires an explanation.

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December 06, 2018

New Routines and Rhythms

Laura Blum, Middlebury College

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When I was a young girl, I used to feel lonely when I woke up in the middle of the night.  Night was a time to be sleeping, and I would spend hours trying to force sleep to come even when it couldn’t - counting the minutes and hours impatiently.  But here on the boat, we are asked to be up at odd hours.

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December 05, 2018

URI student studies coral reefs with SEA Semester

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URI student joins SEA Semester to study coral reef ecology on tall ship ocean research voyage
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Woods Hole, Mass. - Dec. 4, 2018 - The Sea Education Association has announced that University of Rhode Island senior marine biology major Sharil Deleon is on an ocean research voyage this fall to study human impact on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. Through SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition, which is offered by Sea Education Association, the Central Falls native, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, is conducting guided field research at sea sailing through the Lesser Antilles to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

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December 04, 2018

The Sea and History

Benjamin Kochan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies

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Compared to a typical college classroom, teaching maritime studies at sea presents some unique challenges. Time is particularly precious aboard the

Corwith Cramer: while she is underway, one third of students are standing watch at any given moment.

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