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December 14, 2018

Birthday Boat Time!

Chloe McKinley, Beloit College

I’m not sure I’m cut out for this, I think to myself as I am buffeted by wave after wave, gingerly skirting the reef to avoid being knocked into sharp corals and spiny urchins. I squint through the turbid water, trying to identify fish whose names dance at the edge of my memory. I frantically flip through ID cards, looking for the pale, yellow-striped fish meandering below me, mocking me with its unbothered manner. Distracted, I fail to notice the swell that crashes over my snorkel, leaving me sputtering at the surface.

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December 13, 2018

Big Mouthed Frog

Davi Hertz, Rhodes College

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Hi Momma (and everyone else who’s reading this),

I know I’ve been able to talk to you a few times since boarding the Cramer, but I want to make sure you’re still reading all the blog posts! I hope everything is going well at home, I can promise you they’re wonderful here in the Caribbean.

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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 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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December 03, 2018

Science and Data, Data and Science!

Mahalia Dryak, Reed College

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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.

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November 27, 2018

Welcome Aboard!

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

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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.

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November 24, 2018

Conversations of a Good Kind

Bryce O’Brien, Bates College

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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!

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November 23, 2018

The Real Deal

Colleen Dollard, University of Connecticut

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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.

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November 22, 2018

Save the Mangroves

Ryanne Murray, Eckerd College

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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.

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November 20, 2018

The First Coral Reef

Nina Strand, Carleton College

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Heisann folkens,

For several of us today was the first time we saw a coral reef in real life. With me being from Norway, I have never seen a coral reef other than on Blue Planet II or Chasing Coral, i.e. documentaries.

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