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October 19, 2015

SEA Plastics Research Featured on Radio-Canada TV Show

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SEA Semester® in the News:
French-Canadian reporter Michel Rochon of ICI Radio-Canada interviewed Drs. Kara Lavender Law and Erik Zettler and visited the SSV Corwith Cramer in Woods Hole this June for a story about ocean plastics pollution and the “Plastisphere,” the millions of tiny organisms that colonize these plastic bits. On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the science television program Découverte aired its broadcast featuring this documentary.

Read the story (in French) and view the video here.

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October 15, 2015

Roger Williams Highlights Student’s Fall Transatlantic Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Hawk on the High Seas: Emma Wightman ’17 to Sail Across the Atlantic with SEA Semester”
Roger Williams University | Oct. 15, 2015

This fall, Roger Williams University environmental studies major and Livingston, N.J., native Emma Wightman ’17 is joining a distinguished class of upper-level science undergraduates who will sail an oceanographic research vessel across the world’s second-largest ocean to investigate one of the foremost scientific challenges of their generation: global climate change.

Read the full story.

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October 09, 2015

Under sail again

Lara Bluhm, Bowdoin College

The Global Ocean: Europe

Today is our second full day underway from Mallorca, heading towards Cádiz. There are some pretty big swells, but other than that the weather is nice and mostly clear right now. We had a little rain last night, but then the stars came out, and it’s great to be able to see the Milky Way band (our whole galaxy sideways!) and various constellations. This sail is about three times as long as the passage from Barcelona to Mallorca that we already did, but fortunately we’ve been having less seasickness overall than last time around, and seem to be adjusting better so far.

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September 29, 2015

SEA Semester Research Makes Top Marine Biology Papers List

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

We’re delighted to announce that a paper co-authored by SEA Semester Assistant Professor of Oceanography Dr. Deb Goodwin was named today to a list of Top Marine Biology Papers by PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal in biology, life sciences, and medicine.

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August 13, 2015

SEA Scientist Talks Marine Debris on NPR Station WCAI

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SEA Semester® in the News:

Dr. Kara Lavender Law was a guest on WCAI-FM’s award-winning public affairs show “The Point” on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. She discussed issues surrounding marine debris in the context of a new art exhibit on Cape Cod.

Listen to audio from Kara’s appearance.

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August 13, 2015

Summer SEA Semester Student Featured by Andover Newspaper

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Adventure on the high seas”
by Shannon Flynn, The Andover Townsman | Aug. 13, 2015

Emily Callan, an Andover High School graduate, has served many positions aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans from assistant steward in the galley to helmsman. But her favorite, she says, is lookout.

“When you are on lookout, you stand at the bow with the winds in your face keeping an eye on the horizon for any signs of other ships or incoming squalls. Most of the time, you are the only one out there which makes it very peaceful,” she wrote in a blog post from July 14.

The 21-year old, University of South Carolina senior is aboard an eight-week voyage to the Phoenix Islands where she and 21 other students are studying the remote area of the Pacific Ocean.

Read the full story here.

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August 12, 2015

Denison University Spotlights Phoenix Islands Summer Voyage

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SEA Semester® in the News:
“Denison University Student Erica Schulz ‘17 Does Research with SEA Semester”
Denison University | Aug. 12, 2015

GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University student Erica Schulz ’17 is sailing with the SEA Semester program aboard one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. The biology major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is gathering data that has the potential to make real and lasting contributions to the limited knowledge about one of the last remaining coral wilderness areas on Earth.

Read the full story here.

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August 11, 2015

Science

Christina Quinn, Sewanee: The University of the South

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

We will be casting our last science deployment in the morning, American Samoa is just over the horizon, and we are looking out for shipping lanes. The end of the trip is drawing near, and it seems like it came slowly until it came all at once.

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August 10, 2015

An Update from S-261

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Dear Readers of our Blog,

First off, everything is well on board the ship.  The absence of entries in the past few days are the result of many competing deadlines as our voyage is starting to draw to a close.  Papers are due in just two day, student presentations will occur tomorrow and so the dedication to blog writing has taken a decided hit.  So let me recap the past few days.

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August 05, 2015

Land Ho! Nikumaroro.

Will Godsey, Sewanee: The University of the South

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Today we reached the last island on our voyage through the Phoenix Islands Protected Area: Nikumaroro. I woke up at around 11:30 and went up on deck to see and island covered with a dense canopy of coconut trees a little over 1 nautical mile away. The sky was overcast and the waves a little choppy but we were all excited to see a new place to explore. Unfortunately we could not go ashore today.

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