SEA Currents: featured
April 12, 2019
SEA President Peg Brandon among Five to Receive Honorary Degrees from University of Rhode Island
KINGSTON, R.I.—April 11, 2019—A former congressman who led the fight for health insurance parity for those with mental health and substance use disorders, an educator who uses tall ships as platforms to educate college students about the ocean and environment, the founding director of the leading international engineering program, a renowned musician and philanthropist, and a former college president will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Rhode Island at its 133rd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies Sunday, May 19.
April 08, 2019
SEA’s Dr. Kara Lavender Law Discusses Plastics Pollution at Franklin & Marshall College
As part of F&M’s Sustainability Week, at last Thursday’s Common Hour, Dr. Kara Lavender Law, a Research Professor of Oceanography at the Sea Education Association, spoke on the harmful effects that plastics in our oceans can have on marine life.
March 25, 2019
Allegheny College Student Sails with SEA to Study Human Impacts on Environment
SEA Semester in the News
Allegheny College Student Spending Semester Sailing through Waters of New Zealand
Allegheny College News
Allegheny College student Luke Kellett, an environmental studies major and political science minor from Pasadena, Maryland, is among a select group of 26 undergraduates from diverse U.S. institutions who are spending this semester sailing through the waters of New Zealand.
March 21, 2019
Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: 2019 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Begins Blog Posts
Jonathan Harris, C-112, winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, has begun research on his project, “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an Expedition to Explore the Maritime History, Fortifications, and Lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.”
February 11, 2019
SEA Semester voyage with NASA scientist featured in New York Times
SEA Semester in the NEWS
A Young Island on Earth May Reveal Clues to How Water Shaped Mars
By Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times
Four years ago, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific, creating a new island. And NASA took notice.
February 08, 2019
SEA Semester / NASA research trip to Tonga reported by BBC
SEA Semester in the News
New Tonga island ‘now home to flowers and owls’
Scientists have found signs of life on one of the world’s newest islands, just four years after it was spawned by a volcanic eruption.
Unofficially known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, it lies in the kingdom of Tonga, and is already nurturing pink flowering plants, sooty tern birds, and even barn owls.
Tonga is made up of over 170 islands in the Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.
A team from the Sea Education Association and Nasa visited the small land mass in October, having previously kept watch through satellite imaging.
February 04, 2019
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai - A Science Perspective
(The following blog post first appeared in October, 2018, and is being reposted due to public interest. See also two student blog posts from Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 about the SSV Robert C. Seaman’s visit to this new island.)
Greetings from the Robert C. Seamans in the middle of the South Pacific.
Over a number of days in the past week the students, faculty, and staff of SPICE 2018, Class S-282, have been extremely privileged to spend time on Hunga Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HTHH). The students have done an excellent job of summing up our time there so far, but what we have been doing here is as close to the original explorers of old as you get in the modern day, so here is everything we’ve done all in one place.
January 31, 2019
NASA Scientists join SEA Semester Students on Research Mission
SEA Semester in the News
NASA Earth Expeditions
Land Ho! Visiting a Young Island
By Ellen Gray
Excitement was in the air when research scientist Dan Slayback of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, approached a small trio of islands in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga. It was October 8th, and Dan had joined the scientists and students with the Sea Education Association’s SEA Semester South Pacific cruise to visit a three-year-old island he’d only seen from space.
January 28, 2019
SEA & WHOI to Explore Ocean Twilight Zone
Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will join this spring’s SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC) program on a special collaboration to explore the ocean’s mesopelagic or twilight zone, further augmenting one of SEA’s most advanced scientific undergraduate programs.
January 14, 2019
SEA senior steward Ger Tysk profiled in The Maritime Executive
SEA in the News
Air Force Veteran Inspired by Moby-Dick
The Maritime Executive
“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas…” ? Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
In 2014, Ger Tysk of Houston, Texas, was recently out of the U.S. Air Force and ready to take on a new career. An avid reader, she picked up a copy of Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by the American writer Herman Melville. This story of a notoriously elusive white whale that sinks the whaling ship, Pequod, pivoted Tysk’s imagination towards a career at sea. Tysk was glued to the pages, yearning to see whales and wildlife while sailing the open ocean.