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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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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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November 19, 2018

Love is Risky

Laura Blum, Middlebury College

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After a wonderfully exhausting day in the sun yesterday, our class was happy for a rest this morning. We have managed to keep sunburns to a minimum, although everyone is sporting a new “toasty” glow. It seems a common theme in our class to fill every minute of our time here in order to make the most of each day.

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November 17, 2018

Stepping Into History

Maria Alfaro & Sharil Deleon, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry & University of Rhode Island

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Maria: We went to Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, a vibrant and colorful port city. Freshly painted boats of reds, greens, yellows, and oranges stood out against the clear, crystal blue waters, and nestled into the steep, verdant hills were rows of bright buildings. Although St. George’s is busy with people (two gigantic cruise ships had arrived the day before), our crew of twenty felt pretty conspicuous while trying to navigate the small sidewalks and speedy cars on the way to our first stop, the fish market.

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November 16, 2018

Reunited

Alyssa White, Bard College

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True to SEA form, Grenada has been packed from day one. The first day here was spent all over the island. We had to be at breakfast by 7:15 to leave the resort on a bus by 9:30. Our bus driver, Mandu, doubled as our tour guide. As we drove from place to place, he told us about life on the island. He talked about politics, about trying to get young people interested in combating climate change, and the influence of tourism on day-to-day life on the island, along with many other things it would decimate my word count to enumerate.

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