SEA Currents: life on shore
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.
July 10, 2017
Education At Sea
Today we woke up to Sabrina’s amazing blueberry muffins and turkey sausage. Then we made sandwiches for lunch and the first group left for the Zephyr boat trip. On the boat, the first group was able to use various oceanographic equipment to observe the oceans. We used a dredge to collect benthic organisms. We collected and observed sea urchins, sea stars, sea snails, a few hermit crabs, coral, and a few scallops. We also collected and observed plankton. We went back to shore and traded with the second group. We went back to the Zephyr building and played with the topographic sand.
July 09, 2017
Sunday: Brunch, Yoga, Beach, Coffee
We started our sunny Sunday at 0900 with a beautiful brunch of homemade french toast, scrambled eggs, and juicy nectarines. After completing our daily chores, we headed back to our rooms to prepare for the exciting day ahead of us. As today was Sunday, our non-academic day, the RAs had planned three different activities in which we could partake: we could venture into the quaint town of Falmouth, walk to a nearby beach to go swimming, or be driven to Falmouth High School in order to relax by the freshwater pond and play tennis/basketball.
July 08, 2017
Geology, Over Fishing, and a Navigation Challenge
Today marked the last day of classes during our first week, with everyone excited for the free day on Sunday. After eating our cereal, we learned all about the Bowline Knot, a highly useful knot often used on ships. It is a deceptively simple knot that took the group several attempts to properly learn. We headed up to Madden Center to take our classes for the day. First up was our introduction to Geological Oceanography. Our teacher, Jess, began by teaching us all about plate tectonics. We learned about the history behind the discovery of ocean ridges, ocean trenches, and continental drift.
July 07, 2017
Ocean Acidification and Lots of Rain!
The day began with bagels and cream cheese followed by chores. Then we hurried up to Madden center for our watch meetings before the rain could start. Today in our watches we responded to some of the Leadership prompts and shared a few until Oceans & Society started.
July 07, 2017
Science in the Field at Woods Hole
Today is the end of my first week of the internship segment here at Woods Hole PEP, and it’s been one experience after another. I go to Amherst College, a liberal arts college not too far from Woods Hole. As great as it is, the chance to work in the field doing research hasn’t really come my way- until my internship began at the Woods Hole Research Center. You might expect a research internship to consist of working in sterile labs, poured over glass vials and odd instruments, and to a certain degree you may be right.