SEA Currents: research
June 09, 2015
SEA Semester Alumnus Wins Award for Ocean Plastics Sensor
SEA Semester® in the News: “Student designs sensor for ocean microplastic research”
by Joe O’Connell, news@Northeastern University | June 9, 2015
Ethan Edson presented his “Mantaray” prototype sensor at RISE:2015 this past April and earned the undergraduate award in the Engineering and Technology category. His inspiration for the project came while participating in the SEA Semester program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, two years ago, when Edson was studying bacteria growth on microplastics that he collected by dragging a net behind a boat. Read the full story here.
June 04, 2015
SEA Semester Students to Share High Seas Management Plan
June 4, 2015, Woods Hole, MA — What are potential next steps for protecting the Sargasso Sea, a North Atlantic region increasingly recognized for its strong ecological importance and economic impact?
Outstanding science undergraduates from top U.S. and international institutions will present original biodiversity research and a management plan for conservation of the Sargasso Sea at the fourth annual SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium, to be held Friday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sea Education Association’s campus in Woods Hole.
May 22, 2015
Vassar College Features Spring Oceans & Climate Student Voyage
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Semester on the high seas: Ariana Sharma ’16 sails the South Pacific doing climate change research”
Vassar Info | May 22, 2015
When Ariana Sharma ’16 enrolled at Vassar, she had no plans to study abroad. “My feeling was, ‘Why leave this place until you have to?’” Sharma says. Her plans changed last fall when she spied a picture of a sailing ship on a bulletin board in the College Center that was advertising overseas study programs. She ended up spending part of the spring semester on that ship about as far away from Vassar as you can get. Read the full story here.
May 15, 2015
SEA Semester Students Profiled by Dartmouth College
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Sailing and Science in the South Pacific and the Sargasso” by Joseph Blumberg
Dartmouth Now | May 15, 2015
Two Dartmouth students have been sailing the world’s oceans aboard tall ships, modern versions of 18th-century brigantines. Christopher Dalldorf ’16 and Fredrik Eriksson ’16 enrolled in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester programs.
May 13, 2015
A Girl Who Doesn’t Get Sea Sick
This morning I woke up to some cloudy and wet weather with increasing wind and waves. Anthony, Ryan, and I had an eventful morning in lab. We were able to deploy the CTD safely in the swells, CTD stands for conductivity, temperature, and depth and measures salinity, temperature, depth, and dissolved oxygen. I was also able to complete some project work; I identified 16 eels that were caught in last night’s triple stack net tow.
April 26, 2015
Observations from the Sargasso Sea
Hello to all the extended families and friends of the Corwith Cramer crew!
What a great feeling to be sailing again! After yet another beautiful night, lit by a half moon, the breeze returned early this morning and we have had a fantastic day of sailing. We have a strong breeze on our port quarter, with the seas building gradually, and Mama Cramer and her crew are loving it. This wind is pushing us in the right direction. Late this morning we crossed the 25th parallel and are truly deep in the Sargasso Sea.
April 25, 2015
Dodging Squalls then Field Day Calls
Good Evening Parents, Friends, Lovers, Acquaintances and other blog readers that don’t fall under any of these categories,
All students aboard the Corwith Cramer are starting to get used to the schedule of rotating watch shifts. Altogether there is dawn watch (0300-0700), morning watch (0700-1300), afternoon watch (1300-1900), evening watch (1900-2300) and mid watch (2300-0300). Sleeping opportunities are precious and nap time is definitely taken advantage of by many. This morning my watch (A team!) relieved C watch at 0700 and the seas were still calm like the day before.
April 16, 2015
Undergraduate Research Week Wraps Up
To mark Undergraduate Research Week, we’re continuing to feature the inspiring investigations planned by our current class on campus, C-259, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. (In case you missed it, here are Part 1 and Part 2.)
In just a few days, they’ll set sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York City via Bermuda. Along the way, they’ll undertake a variety of scientific studies on the Sargasso Sea, that vast portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is a major focus of conservation efforts.
Here’s a look at the final two projects that our student research teams plan to conduct:
April 15, 2015
SEA Professor Co-Authors New Study on Ocean Plastics Trends
The abundance of plastic debris in our world’s oceans has become increasingly well documented, thanks in part to decades of intensive data collection by SEA scientists and SEA Semester students. But determining just how much plastic has entered the ocean, and where it all goes, remains a challenge.
A new study co-authored by Dr. Kara Lavender Law, SEA Research Professor of Oceanography, sheds new light on one piece of this puzzle: Can plastics from the bellies of deceased seabirds provide an accurate sense of pollution levels in a given ocean environment?
April 15, 2015
Undergraduate Research Week Continues on Shore
Continuing our celebration of Undergraduate Research Week, we’re featuring the inspiring investigations planned by our current class, C-259, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, when they set sail in just a few days from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York City via Bermuda. Along the way, they’ll undertake a variety of scientific studies on the Sargasso Sea, that vast portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is a major focus of conservation efforts.
Here’s a look at two more projects that student teams plan to pursue while aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer: