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June 14, 2019

MBC Alumni Share Insights at UN

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

On Wednesday, two of SEA Semester’s most recent alumni, Cecilia Howard (Johns Hopkins University) and Andrew Meashaw (SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry), who sailed this spring on the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Program (C-285), joined their professors, Dr. Kerry Whittaker and Dr. Porter Hoagland, to serve on a panel and make a presentation at a meeting of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York.

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May 22, 2019

SEA to Host Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium

SEA Semester

This one-day symposium is the capstone experience for students from SEA Semester class C-285 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. The event includes oral presentations of the students’ science, policy and conservation research to a panel of invited experts, and contributes directly to international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea.  Student presentations will be interspersed with related talks given by some of the invited participants. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.

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May 22, 2019

Student Researchers Dive Deep to Better Understand Sargassum and Its Impact on Coastal Communities

Alexandra Reilinger, Cecilia Howard, Gail Johnson, Vassar College, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College

SEA Semester

The seaweed appears as if out of nowhere, vast swaths suddenly blanketing the beaches of Caribbean islands, yet little is known about the many various forms of the Sargassum seaweed.  Student researchers set out to study the genetics of the pervasive weed, a critical building block of the ecologically rich Sargasso Sea, to better understand the role it plays in the dynamic ocean environment.

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May 01, 2019

Sample New York City’s Hidden Canyon

Andrew Meashaw, A-Watch, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

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Although millions of people live less than a hundred miles away from it, very few people know about one of the largest canyons in the United States, Hudson Canyon. This amazing underwater landmark is located south east of New York City and is the largest marine canyon on the United Sates Atlantic Coast.  It supports a large array of organisms and has been nominated to be a National Marine Sanctuary.

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April 30, 2019

Back to the Mothership

Rene Francolini, Visiting Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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There has been a photo of the Corwith Cramer in my room for the past 11 years. It has had a place in my childhood home, college dorm room, and even my current house. The form has changed overtime – at one point the 8x10 framed photograph was replaced by a 2ft x 3ft poster print, but the image has remained the same.

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April 29, 2019

Floating Lightning Rod and the Sea

Maria Andersen, B Watch, Sailing Intern

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Floating across the great blue, time flows a little differently here in our coconut life raft. At times it passes by slowly and at other times, all at once.

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April 26, 2019

Lessons Learned While Aboard Mama Cramer

Abigail Kwiat, C-Watch, University of Connecticut

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Hello everyone!

I am currently sitting in the hot (but cozy) library of the Corwith Cramer, looking back at the whirlwind of events that have happened over the past couple of weeks.

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April 25, 2019

New Routines: JWOs and Policy

Cecilia Howard, B Watch, Johns Hopkins University

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As we have departed Bermuda, we’ve welcomed aboard several new shipmates. B Watch has been lucky enough to gain two new members, Mary Ellen and Steve. We have also been joined by our final faculty member from Woods Hole, Porter. This means we’ve resumed policy lectures, which are done with each morning watch.

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April 24, 2019

SEA collaborating with WHOI to study the ocean’s twilight zone!

Porter Hoagland & Rene Francolini, SEA Faculty Member in Ocean Policy; Researcher, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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This morning we sailed from the Bermuda exclusive economic zone (EEZ) into the “area beyond national jurisdiction” (aka the “high seas”) in deepwater (about 5,000 meters) on the Cramer. Our progress is marked by twice-a-day collections of ocean water as well as surface and deep-ocean net tows.

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April 18, 2019

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Leah Martinez, A-Watch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

It was a flurry of emotions as we prepared to enter the channel leading into the harbor this morning.

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