SEA Currents: life on shore
July 25, 2017
Where has all the time gone?
I can’t believe it’s week seven. My time in PEP is flying and it has been an absolute dream! During my seven weeks, I have engaged in research, workshops and have developed wonderful friendships with my mentors and peers. For some time, I have been fascinated by hydrothermal vents, so to be studying them is a great honor and accomplishment. In the lab, I have been given the opportunity to familiarize myself with vent organisms and to analyze their community composition after a lava eruption on the seafloor.
July 25, 2017
Sippewissett Salt Marsh
Today, our 2nd day of SEAScape, and actually our first full day, we took a field trip to the Sippewissett salt marsh. After arriving by shuttle, we explored the extensive marsh, and collected samples of critters such as crabs, minnows, shrimp, pike fish, and other aquatic species that we were able to find and catch with nets. After exploring the winding streams and ponds full of diverse organisms we deposited all that were found into buckets, making sure to separate larger crabs, and potential natural predators from smaller creatures, so as to ensure the survival of as many organisms as possible.
July 24, 2017
Welcome SEASCape Session 2!
Despite the rainy and gloomy Monday weather excitement was high as we welcomed 25 new SEASCape students to the campus for Session 2! They come from all over the country and the world bringing their interests and eagerness to learn over the next three weeks. After a general orientation with parents, students, faculty, and RAs we broke off in to our individual houses to get to know each other and our house procedures.
July 24, 2017
Science is One Big Field Day
For those of us who like the outdoors more than they like cubicles, ecosystem science is a field of opportunity. When you study coastal wetlands, every day is literally a field day. Since we use a portable gas analyzer that both collects and analyzes data in the field, there is very little need for lab work. This means I can spend my entire day working in coastal wetlands learning about the way each site sequesters carbon.
July 21, 2017
It’s hard to believe another SEASCape class has already come and gone from the SEA campus. Just three short weeks ago, the RAs and I welcomed 28 high school students from across the country and around the world to our little home here on Cape Cod. Little did they know what this program had in store for them! The amount of personal growth that occurred these past 21 days is astonishing – many of these students went from timid and unsure of being away from home to independent, strong leaders in their community here.
July 20, 2017
Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Of course there will always be small miscalculations; running out of microscope slides, minor lab math mishaps, or running out of that one magical reagent you forgot about. Now these kinds of things are generally no problem, a simple run to the store or an hour or two with a pencil and paper can fix these. But what happens if there is an issue with the project itself? After all there are deadlines to meet, supervisors to answer to, and other people relying on your results.
July 19, 2017
A Day of LASTS
We started out with our cereal breakfast and got ready (emotionally and physically) for our LAST academic day.
We learned in the morning about deep sea animals and underwater vents all over the world. For oceans and societies and reviewed all we had learned and shared the narratives we had been writing about our place in the ocean history.
July 18, 2017
Career Day & Chasing Ice
Another day begins as we have breakfast together with our housemates. Once we get ready and go down, a table full of scones, sausages, and strawberries is waiting for us just calling our names. After eating, we began our chores and had our watch meetings, where we learned how to tie the clove hitch.
July 16, 2017
A Sunny Sunday
Sundays here at SEAscape are non-academic days, which means that students take advantage of the local beaches and downtown Falmouth! At the start of the day most people sleep in until about 9, or wake up at 8 and do yoga.
July 15, 2017
Today we started off with a Oceanography class explaining the fundamental ideas of climate science. We first learned about the basics of the greenhouse effect, and the reasoning behind the dense gas layer around the earth. From the information gathered about greenhouse gases we brainstormed possible solutions to reduce our carbon emissions, and educate others on this topic.