SEA Currents: research
August 05, 2015
Land Ho! Nikumaroro.
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.
July 30, 2015
Upcoming Cross-Pacific Swim Supports SEA Semester Science
When Ben Lecomte dives into water off Tokyo, Japan in September and attempts to swim across the entire Pacific Ocean, he won’t only be pursuing a world-record-breaking feat of athleticism.
Ben says the swim is simply a way to get people’s attention; his real goal is to raise public awareness about the ocean and threats to the marine environment. That is something that he and SEA have in common. Ben and his support team will be partnering with SEA scientists to add to our extensive body of research on ocean plastics pollution.
July 28, 2015
Pitzer Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage in the Spotlight
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Pitzer Student Karl Kiser Sets Sail to Explore the Pacific”
Pitzer College | July 28, 2015
Pitzer College student Karl Kiser ’16 is spending the summer sailing on one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. Through an eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program, Kiser and 21 classmates are gathering data that will help scientists and policymakers better understand one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.
July 26, 2015
Climate Change in the Phoenix Islands
A major theme of both our science and policy work has centered on climate change, specifically how small islands nations like Kiribati can proceed in the face of quickly changing oceans. We’ve talked about the consequences of coral bleaching, acidification, ocean temperature increase and, most interesting to me, how the sovereignty of the small islands nations could be effected if the atolls are submerged by sea level rise.
July 20, 2015
University of New England features PIPA voyage student
SEA Semester® in the News: “Samantha Schildroth sails on research expedition to Phoenix Islands”
University of New England | July 20, 2015
BIDDEFORD, Maine—Samantha Schildroth (Medical Biology and Environmental Science, ’17) has set her sails for the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean, where she, along with 21 other undergraduates who are sailing with her, will gather data on the islands as part of their eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program.
July 18, 2015
Entering the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Late last night, at approximately 2300, we entered PIPA, and after sailing through PIPA for over twelve hours the ocean still looks pretty much the same as it has for the past week. It looks so similar because PIPA is actually significantly larger that it appears on maps, and a majority of this area is open ocean. Due to the Mercator effect, which is the warping of a sphere when applied to a flat surface – such as a map –, the areas near the pole appear larger in relation with the areas near the equator.
July 17, 2015
Saratoga newspaper profiles hometown SEA Semester student
SEA Semester® in the News: “So Much To Sea: Freeman ’17 and Schuldt ’18 Embark on Tall Ship Adventures”
Norra Reyes, Saratoga TODAY | July 17, 2015
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Elizabeth “Liz” Olson, 19, returned home to Saratoga Springs earlier this month after a transformative experience sailing the high seas as part of a Marine Biodiversity and Conservation SEA semester through the Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
June 29, 2015
University of Connecticut Highlights Spring SEA Semester Voyages
SEA Semester® in the News: “Setting Sail for Science”
by Sheila Foran, UConn Today | June 29, 2015
For some, the words ‘study abroad’ may conjure thoughts of London or Paris or Tokyo. But for three UConn marine sciences students this past spring semester, it meant taking to the high seas aboard a sailing ship equipped with sophisticated research facilities.
June 23, 2015
SEA Semester Class Unveils Sargasso Sea Management Proposal
The 20 advanced undergraduate students of this year’s Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program recently completed a high seas management proposal for the Sargasso Sea, a North Atlantic region increasingly recognized for its strong ecological importance and economic impact.
June 22, 2015
Another Day on the Pond
As I sit in the computer lab of the ship, on the port side just below the waterline, I watch the porthole in the room dip in and out of the water as I think of what to write in this blog. The problem is I am not sure where to start. No matter what I talk about, I still feel like I am going to miss something. We could start with all of the whales, dolphins, sea turtles, tuna (which came out delicious, by the way), and even a couple dozen liters of jellyfish; or perhaps the sunrise, sunset, moon, stars and planets that we have been using to find our location in the world.