SEA Currents: life on shore
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.
July 14, 2017
An Amazing Day
This morning we woke up to a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries, and oranges. Next we had our daily watch meetings and answered a leadership prompt.
This was followed by our Oceans and Society class where we learned about the triangular triads, European expansion, and the Niger delta. We also learned about two activists, Olaudah Equiano and Ken Saro-Wiwa, and how to see things in different perspectives.
July 13, 2017
Noise Pollution and Getting Involved!
This morning for breakfast we had pancakes, bacon, and strawberries. After breakfast we had our watch meetings where we learned the sheet bend knot from the very talented and capable RAs.
By 8:30 we were in the Madden Center ready for our first class from guest speaker Dr. Heather Heenehan. She taught us about the work she has done to study marine mammals and noise pollution. It was pretty early, but she woke us up by doing a fun activity where we act as whales and try and find our pod. We were each given a device to make beeps and a pattern that matched up with other classmates and we had to find who had the same pattern. The high beep noises definitely woke us up!
July 12, 2017
Beach Cleanup & Seaweed Snacks
After a lovely cereal breakfast, we headed over to the Madden Center for Oceans & Society class with Kate. Today we learned about container ships and their effect on the oceans and the economy. Next was Oceanography class with Jess where we talked about the many major issues that face our oceans as well as possible solutions.
July 11, 2017
A Day in New Bedford
Today we visited the old whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts. During the nineteenth century, New Bedford was the richest town in the world because of its central importance to the whaling industry.
After an approximately 50 minute drive we arrived in New Bedford. We first looked around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park visitor center and saw a short film about nineteenth century sailors who traveled from New Bedford around Cape Horn to the Pacific Ocean in search of sperm, right, and bowhead whales.
July 10, 2017
Working out in the Field
Today my mentors Meagan Gonnea and Jennifer O’ Keefe Suttles took me out to the field where we analyzed data from the marshes that are being used within the project that I am working on. One of the marshes that we visited was Stony Brook, which is located in Brewster, MA.