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April 06, 2016

SEA Honored with National Science Board Award

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Sea Education Association/SEA Semester® is 2016 NSB Public Service awardee.

Today the National Science Board (NSB) announced that Sea Education Association (SEA) would be bestowed with its 2016 Public Service Award.

This esteemed award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. SEA is the sole recipient of the Public Service Award this year.

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February 18, 2016

BU Today Features Recent Transatlantic Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Studying Out on the Open Ocean”
By Amy Laskowski | Feb. 18, 2016

Siya Qiu didn’t know the difference between a jib and a bowsprit when she decided to spend a semester studying aboard the research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer. But after a six-week voyage that took her from Spain’s Canary Islands to St. Croix in the Caribbean, Qiu (CAS’17), a marine science major, soon became well versed on what it’s like to live at sea.  Read the full story.

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February 10, 2016

SEA Plastics Expedition Yields Insight on Marine Species Migration

Anne Broache

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Floating plastic debris in the ocean may be more hospitable to some marine animals than originally thought, according to a new study co-authored by a SEA Semester alumnus who gathered samples aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans during the 2012 Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition.

The researchers found that the presence of barnacles on large plastic debris creates a more sustainable long-term habitat for rafting species to take hold and thrive on otherwise slippery surfaces, such as spherical fishing buoys commonly found drifting in the oceans.

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January 11, 2016

Furman Features Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Setting sail to study one of Earth’s last coral wildernesses”
By Erikah Haavie | Jan. 11, 2016

Sam Hill ’16 didn’t see as many neighbors as he’d hoped during his 1,600-mile summer sailing trip.

“From Hawaii to the equator, there was nothing but a turtle and a pod of whales,” said Hill, a computer science major from Richmond, Va.

As part of an eight-week Sea Education Association program, “Protecting the Phoenix Islands,” Hill spent six weeks sailing aboard the 134-foot-long Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans, from Honolulu to the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati and on to American Samoa.


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January 07, 2016

New Study: Far More Floating Plastics in Ocean Than Thought

Kara Lavender Law, SEA Semester Research Professor of Oceanography

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Dr. Kara Lavender Law, a SEA Semester research professor of oceanography, co-authored a new study entitled, “A Global Inventory of Small Floating Plastic Debris,” published with international colleagues on December 8, 2015 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research Letters. This study finds larger quantities of tiny plastic bits floating in the world’s oceans than previously estimated. But even this amount accounts for only 1% of plastic that likely enters the ocean annually, and scientists are still working to understand where the rest of it ends up.

The majority of data for this study came from plastic samples collected and analyzed during decades of SEA Semester voyages. Here, Kara discusses what these findings mean for future scientific research directions and anyone trying to make sense of the massive amounts of plastic entering the world’s oceans every year.

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December 10, 2015

New Study: Microbes on Marine Plastic Debris Differ by Ocean

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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Microplastics—tiny fragments less than 5 millimeters in size—are now the most abundant form of ocean debris, prompting growing concerns from the public about the array of potential impacts on marine ecosystems. For SEA Semester faculty and students, one key line of research is better understanding the “Plastisphere,” the communities that colonize and thrive on these floating plastic islands.

A newly published scientific paper co-authored by SEA Semester Professor of Oceanography Dr. Erik Zettler reports an important finding: The make-up of the Plastisphere microbial communities appears to differ significantly on a global ocean basis. Notably, their analysis revealed genetic “signatures” that distinguish microbial communities found on plastic floating in Atlantic Ocean gyre environments from those found in the Pacific Ocean.

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November 18, 2015

SEA Research Offers New Insight on Caribbean Seaweed Invasion

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

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Massive quantities of Sargassum, a distinctive brown seaweed, have flooded Caribbean shores in recent years, setting off local concerns about economic impacts on fishing and tourism. The country of Trinidad has even declared these so-called inundation events to be a natural disaster. But little is understood about the ecological implications of Sargassum invasions or how they should be managed. New research published by Sea Education Association provides first-hand observations in support of these questions.

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November 10, 2015

LSU Student Spotlighted for Oceans & Climate Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“LSU Geology Student Sets Sail to Investigate Global Climate Change”
LSU News | Nov. 10, 2015

BATON ROUGE – LSU Department of Geology student Jennifer Kenyon (’16) will set sail on an oceanographic research vessel across the Atlantic Ocean to investigate one of today’s foremost scientific challenges: global climate change. As part of a selective 12-week study abroad program, Kenyon and her classmates in the SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate program, will become working crew members of an 134-foot research vessel, the SSV Corwith Cramer and will use advanced oceanographic instruments to research diverse marine ecosystems as they sail from the Canary Islands to St. Croix from Nov. 14 to Dec. 23.

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October 15, 2015

Roger Williams Highlights Student’s Fall Transatlantic Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Hawk on the High Seas: Emma Wightman ’17 to Sail Across the Atlantic with SEA Semester”
Roger Williams University | Oct. 15, 2015

This fall, Roger Williams University environmental studies major and Livingston, N.J., native Emma Wightman ’17 is joining a distinguished class of upper-level science undergraduates who will sail an oceanographic research vessel across the world’s second-largest ocean to investigate one of the foremost scientific challenges of their generation: global climate change.

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October 13, 2015

Wellesley Features SEA Semester students & alumnae

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Through Study Abroad, Wellesley Students Conduct Marine Research in the Atlantic Ocean”
Wellesley College | Oct. 13, 2015

About 45 percent of Wellesley juniors choose to study abroad for a semester or a year, according to the Office of International Study. Though most students choose programs that allow them “to perfect a foreign language, conduct field research, or to gain a new perspective on their major” on dry land, others choose to pursue an adventure that’s a little less landlocked.

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