SEA Currents: pacific reef expedition
May 16, 2019
The Ocean as Classroom
An in-depth conversation with SEA Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell on teaching at SEA, the health of coral reefs, and the mysteries of the Sargasso Sea
Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell is the former director for SEA’s Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program and led the creation of SEA’s Reef Expedition programs. A graduate of College of the Holy Cross (BA), SUNY Stony Brook (MS) and University of Wisconsin at Madison (PhD), his areas of interest include the ecology of marine and freshwater habitats with a focus on distribution, diversity, and species composition of plankton communities, the ecology of pelagic Sargassum and its associated community, marine environmental history, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, science illustration and storytelling.
June 22, 2018
Hello everyone! Welcome to the last student blog from PRX 280. I am Mikaela, originally from Beijing and I go to school in Washington D.C.
After more than ten days of sailing, we reached Hawaii and anchored in the Auau Channel off the town of Lahaina of Maui Island.
June 19, 2018
As we near the end of our trip, I can’t help but reflect on all the things we have seen, done, and felt. As we look towards Hawaii, a common sentiment among my peers is a little homesickness and awe at how far each of us has come as individuals and as a group. I think it is safe to say that this voyage has been life changing.
June 17, 2018
Day in the Life of Tiff
Hi guys it’s Tiff again.
Highlights of my week are as follows: I solidified my commitment to getting an octopus tattoo when I held baby octopuses in my hand at Kiritimati Island, feeling as if they were my own children. Will I become the new crazy octopus lady rather than the crazy cat lady?
June 16, 2018
Allure of the sea
Today I sought solitude with the intention of seeing where my thoughts might lead. I climbed atop where the sails were only an arm’s length away. I sat there and took in the imagery of the ocean, letting the boat rock me from side to side.
June 14, 2018
Hawaii, Here We Come
125 nautical miles down, another 1000 to go! Since departing from Christmas Island yesterday, we have made good progress to our final destination: Hawaii. From the moment we left, everyone has been extremely busy. Between being back on the regular watch schedule, oceanography projects, reef reports, nautical science, it is difficult to find free time.
June 11, 2018
Christmas Island Excursions/ Last Reef Survey
Hi S280 blog! My name is Kaleigh, I’m from Boston MA, a student/ crew of the Robert C. Seamans!
Since the wind was so favorable coming from Caroline Island, our arrival to Christmas Island is a day early! It’s a very strange feeling seeing cars and people from the anchored boat for the first time in over a week, we’ve gotten so used to life on board the ship.
June 10, 2018
Christmas Island Coral Reef
Waking up today was different than the past 6 days. It was our first time seeing land since we departed Caroline Atoll! Upon our arrival, we were visited by the Kiribati Coastal Guard. They inspected our vessel and did all of our immigration papers.
May 28, 2018
Today we arrived at Rangiroa. The journey here was not so simple, however!
We diligently navigated our path to Rangiroa, spotting it from afar during our 11-3 Midwatch shift.
May 25, 2018
Sunrise to Sunset, a Day in the Life
The day started on the Robert C. Seamans before the sun had the chance to wake. She’s alive 24/7 with people manning her to make sure she stays alive, along with the crew members that live in her. Today, I began my first night watch (super exciting!) with my watch member, Riley at 0200.