SEA Currents: pipa
July 11, 2018
Science on the high seas
Hi Everyone! Makaila Lyons here to get you through the 5th, and still very exciting, blog post of our journey thus far. We’re steadily sailing around 6-7 knots towards PIPA, riding on some pretty hardy winds that have thankfully died down a little since yesterday.
July 10, 2018
Following the Trade Winds to Kiribati
Hello Everyone! My name is Nate Johnson and I’m here to bring you the fourth installment in the S-281 blog. For several days now, we’ve been able to cruise along the trade winds towards Kiribati, and today we just crossed the line marking 1000 nautical miles to PIPA.
July 09, 2018
Adjusting to Life at Sea
Hi y’all! It’s Annabel, or AB, as I’m known on the ship. We are on our fourth day at sea, and honestly I’m starting to lose track of time. When I’m not on watch, I’m in class or eating. And when I’m not in class or eating, I am curled up in my bunk, being rocked to sleep by the waves.
July 08, 2018
The student blogs begin!
Brian Desrosiers here to kick off our student written blog posts. Currently, we are three days underway and are making great time. Adjusting to life at sea has been a cumbersome task. Irregular sleep patterns, only seeing water as far as the eye can see, and sea sickness are all things that we have to get used to.
July 07, 2018
Aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans
July 7th on board the Robert C. Seamans, Southwest of the Hawaiian Islands. For a few hours now, we’ve been sailing at steady 8-9 knots with a fine trade wind on our backs. Squeezed between the tall Hawaiian Islands, the winds funnel into the jets that are now speeding us along toward the Phoenix Islands. With 25 knots of wind come commensurate seas, and the Seamans is lunging down some waves as the bigger ones catch our stern and we accelerate away.
July 03, 2018
S-281: Protecting the Phoenix Islands
The students of S-281, Protecting the Phoenix Islands (PIPA), will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu by July 5th. They will end their voyage in Pago Pago, American Samoa on August 13 after a three-week visit to the Phoenix Islands.
August 07, 2017
American University Students Sail to Phoenix Islands Protected Area
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CAS Students Sail the Pacific for Science
American University News
By Patty Housman
What a way to spend your summer vacation—sailing halfway around the world to study the spectacular Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean, one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.
And the best part—it’s all for the advancement of science.
Two CAS undergrads, Devin Kuhn (BS neuroscience ‘20) and Jacob Atkins (BS mathematics and economics ‘20), are taking part in an eight-week SEA Semester program named Protecting the Phoenix Islands. Along with 24 undergraduate students from universities across the United States, Kuhn and Atkins are sailing on a tall ship and conducting scientific research to contribute to a growing data set of this largely under-studied region.
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July 19, 2017
URI Students Sail to Phoenix Islands to Study Effects of Climate Change
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URI students sail to remote Pacific islands to study effect of climate change on coral reefs
Two University of Rhode Island students are sailing to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean to study any damage to coral reefs from climate change.
Hailey Simpson, of Rochester, N.Y., who has her B.S. in Ocean Engineering and is earning her master’s degree in Oceanography, and Kyle Alvanas, of Portsmouth, who will graduate next year with a degree in marine affairs, are among 24 students from American colleges conducting research in this largely under-studied region.
Simpson and Alvanas are making the voyage with Sea Education Association, or SEA Semester, an internationally recognized program that combines classroom learning on shore at Woods Hole, Mass., with study aboard a research vessel.
June 14, 2017
SEA supports UN planning for Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Last week, SEA joined in committing to advance science and partnership in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
At the UN Ocean Conference, held June 5th through 9th, the PIPA Scientific Advisory Committee made a voluntary commitment to implement UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, with support from SEA and other collaborating organizations*.
Specifically, this commitment includes generating a new ten-year research plan for the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), one of the largest marine protected areas and the largest—and deepest—UNESCO World Heritage Site.
December 13, 2016
Stony Brook University students share lessons from SEA Semester expedition to Phoenix Islands
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Sea Change: Students Set Sail for Ocean Research
By Glenn Jochum
Two Stony Brook University students traveled to a remote part of the world this past summer with the hope of contributing to big global change.
Ruthann Monsees ’16, Alexandra Bonecutter ’17 and 21 other crew mates set sail in a brigantine, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, from Hawaii to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area of Kiribati. Their assignment: to study the pristine atolls there and the effects of climate change. The ship on which they sailed is operated by Sea Education Association (SEA), which offers the SEA Semester program, an accredited study abroad initiative. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Ruthann, who grew up on Long Island, hails from Hauppauge, while Alexandra calls Cincinnati, Ohio, home. Despite their disparate geographic settings, these two young scientists were both drawn to the maritime from an early age.
Ruthann and Alexandra met for the first time in a physics class earlier this year. Ruthann told a friend in class she had been accepted to the SEA Semester program and Alexandra overheard her and told her she had been accepted as well.