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December 11, 2019

Big Waves, Little Moments, and a Bunch of Remixes

Lexi Wright, College of the Atlantic

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Hello from Montserrat! My name is Lexi Wright and I’m a junior at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. It has been a wild few days here on the Cramer! We spent all of Monday circumnavigating Montserrat and Redonda, where we experienced choppy seas and high winds.

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December 04, 2019

Back at Sea

Ella Cedarholm, Assistant Scientist

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Hello outside world! It’s Third Scientist Ella Cedarholm, class of S-278 alum and A Watch officer, here to offer a glimpse of life aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer on December 4, 2019. Our Wednesday began largely the same as any other - with breakfast and chores.

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December 02, 2019

Mandoo’s Friends

Courtney Dunham, Mount Holyoke College

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Greetings from C-289 in Grenada! We had an action-packed day going on a tour of the island! We started off our adventure with a stretching exercise led by Cody, our steward, in the marina parking lot. We then met our tour guide, Mandoo Seales, and boarded the air-conditioned van (emphasis on the air conditioning).

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November 29, 2019

Ship Thanksgiving!

Sabrina Sorace, Eckerd College

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My name is Sabrina Sorace, I’m currently a junior at Eckerd College studying marine science. The Cramer has been underway for four days so far and, to be honest, it was rough for the first three days.

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November 26, 2019

Sailing upon the Caribbean Sea with the Mighty Class C-289

Greg Wisener, Captain

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Ahoy Dear Reader! We find ourselves in fine weather a day’s sail south of the Virgin Islands and already immersed in a glorious world of oceanic wonders! On Monday, we sailed along the north coast of St. Croix under topsail and staysails as the sun sank below the horizon.

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November 21, 2019

C-289: Caribbean Reef Expedition

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Students of Class C-289, Caribbean Reef Expedition, an investigative science and policy semester examining the impacts of human actions on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems and the effectiveness of existing reef management strategies, join the SSV Corwith Cramer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Nov 24th after a ten-day second shore component there. Their voyage ends on Dec. 23rd in St. Croix after stops in Grenada, Montserrat, and Barbuda.

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November 21, 2019

Reggae, Sea Turtles, and Counting Corals: A Typical Day in the Caribbean Reef Expedition Program

Francesca Whitecross, Middlebury College

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Hey! My name is Francesca and I’m part of the class C-289. I’m also a member of Middlebury College’s class of 2023.5. In fact, unlike my classmates, I haven’t started college yet! It definitely was daunting at first to be surrounded by college juniors and seniors who seemed so much more mature and experienced, but I quickly felt like I fit right in, and that’s mostly due to my amazing classmates/shipmates.

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November 18, 2019

Settling Into St. Croix

Benjamin Kochan, Visiting Asst. Prof. Maritime Studies

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Greetings from beautiful St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and thank you for reading the inaugural blog post for C-289 (the “C” stands for our ship, the Corwith Cramer, which will be our home for the 289th SEA Semester voyage).

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August 05, 2019

At a Crossroads

Jason Gonsalves, B Watch, University of Redlands

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The image attached to this post is what led to the concept of this piece, and truly has left me at a crossroads. We just left Nikumaroro a few days ago, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that our return to Pago Pago (and effectively back home) is imminent.

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June 27, 2019

Study by SEA Collaborator & Boston Univ. Biologist Randi Rotjan Finds Microplastics in Coral

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the NEWS
“BU Researchers Find Another Threat For Corals: Plastic”
WBUR
By Barbara Moran

“Boston University biologist Randi Rotjan has been studying coral reefs for more than a decade. A couple years ago, she started to notice tiny bits of plastic ‘in all of our samples from everywhere,’ she says. To understand how corals grow, she decided she was going to have to study how plastic gets into their bodies, how much is there and how it affects them.”

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