SEA Currents: c283
December 03, 2018
Science and Data, Data and Science!
I really can’t believe it is December. Growing up in Wisconsin I got used to snow and negative temperatures in the winter. Going to school in Oregon I got used to chilly rain. But I have never experienced a December with clear blue skies (minus the squalls) and temperatures fit for shorts and tank tops.
December 02, 2018
Coral Reefs and Shifting Baselines
This morning we anchored in Tobago Cays and prepared for our first survey off the Cramer. The area that we decided to survey is in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Eager to get in the water after a couple of days at sea we all shuttled into the small boats and headed towards the reef.
November 29, 2018
At sea, it’s a lifestyle
Today was filled with sails and science! At 1300 the Cramer, having logged 85.5 nautical miles, was positioned at about 11˚26.8’N x 61˚37.9’W. Wind and waves came from ESE and wind speeds were about 7-10 knots. The sky was filled with altocumulus clouds but on deck it was pretty hot with a temperature of 30˚C.
November 28, 2018
Jump In With Both Feet
Evening twilight approaches. We are close-reaching under Main, Main Staysail, Fore Staysail, Jib and Jib Topsail (affectionately known as the JT), steering SSE in the light Force 3 (7 - 10 knots) Easterly Trade Winds. The students are getting their sea-legs on this first day underway, adjusting to the ‘motion in the ocean.’
November 27, 2018
Welcome to the SSV Corwith Cramer! The students of class C283 could not be more excited. True, they have enjoyed their time in Grenada, but this is what they signed up for. The opportunity to join the crew of the Cramer and sail through the Caribbean; and all the while, learn about the coral reef ecology of each island we visit.
November 25, 2018
This must be the place
If you’ve read all of our posts diligently, you may have noticed that we students have become much more than classmates. We often revel in the miracle of having met, wondering what it would’ve been like if we had chosen a different SEA program, or chosen a different way to spend this semester altogether.
November 24, 2018
Conversations of a Good Kind
Waz up yung dogs of erth,
Hello and happy belated Thanksgiving! There was an awesome amount of gratitude expressed throughout the weekend and I’d like to take this opportunity to send some home!
November 23, 2018
The Real Deal
Today was the real deal.
Eight weeks of early mornings and long nights studying coral, fish, and invertebrate identifications, along with many classes dedicated to practicing survey methods, led to this day: C-283’s first coral reef survey.
November 22, 2018
Save the Mangroves
Today started out with a ride to St. George’s University where we met up with Zoya Buckmire, an SEA alumni. She’s from Grenada and started an NGO with her father called the Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC). The organization works on conservation around Grenada, primarily with mangroves.
November 21, 2018
A Little Dirt Never Hurt!
The day begins with 7:15 breakfast of hot omelets and sweet coconut water straight from the source. After we chat and prep for the day, our beloved Mandoo, the tour guide from Friday’s excursion, picks us up. Once again, we’re barreling down narrow and winding roads that are barely wide enough to allow more than one car.