SEA Currents: research
April 14, 2015
Happy Undergraduate Research Week!
It’s no secret that field research is a mainstay of SEA Semester programs. But this week, in celebration of national Undergraduate Research Week, we wanted to shine a special spotlight on our students’ ambitious work.
Take the Sargasso Sea, that giant expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean that has in recent years become a major focus of multinational conservation efforts.
Our current class on campus, C-259, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, is one week away from sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York City via Bermuda—right through the heart of this critical ecosystem. And, as they proved during presentations of their research proposals on Monday, they’re ready to do some serious science to aid the Sargasso Sea’s long-term protection plans.
Over the next few days, we’ll feature their research plans on this blog, starting with these two projects:
April 13, 2015
Up in the Rigging and Down in the Lab
When I applied for SEA Semester back in early 2014 I knew that I was signing up for a semester unlike most study abroad programs. What I did not expect was to have my entire world turned upside down by a plethora of new and exciting experiences. Even with a hundred more blog posts I do not think that we could tell you all of the amazing things that we have been able to try for the first time, so I will just tell you about a few that were perhaps unique to me.
April 09, 2015
SEA Semester Instructor featured in Boston Globe for graphics work
Skye Moret, a SEA Semester visiting instructor of information design, former crew member and student program alumna, made headlines this week in the Boston Globe for her important work to communicate huge scientific datasets via information graphics—in this case, eye-opening SEA research on the magnitude of ocean plastics.
March 23, 2015
Shipmate support during Junior Watch Officer Phase
I awoke to the “two, six, heave” of B watch hauling away on sails so I grabbed my video camera and headed on deck. I followed the watch for a couple of hours recording their every movement, even Nicole as she was the junior engineer doing all sorts of mechanical and dirty work with Tanner, the ship’s engineer. Just as the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) phase continues, so too does science continue.
March 16, 2015
Final Leg for S-257
Well, here we are in the third period of S257, with Otago harbor fading into the distance off our stern and just over a 200-mile journey ahead of us to Lyttleton. Six weeks of hard work are starting to come to a close as the students wrap up projects and papers for all of their classes. JWO/JLO phase continues and students are stepping up as leaders on deck and in lab to bring us home on this final stretch- a challenge that all are more than ready for, despite what they may think.
March 16, 2015
Tribute to C257 Crew
I learned just yesterday that Leonard Nimoy had very recently passed away. I was taken aback, being a viewer of the Star Trek series old and new, and having Spock as an inspiration for myself. He was the chief scientist aboard the Starship Enterprise, advising Kirk’s every move with or without being asked to do so. One of the aspects of Spock that has inspired me, was the fact that he was so very aware and knowledgeable; unafraid to state his opinion about a matter or if he was in doubt.
March 07, 2015
Today was field day!! Compared to our last big clean up, I felt like this one went much smoother. The fire line crawled up the forward ladder and out on the bow, music booming, galley pots, pans and spices moving outside. After the line dispersed, I prepared for a dive deep into the belly of the Cramer. The rest of my fellow watch mates tackled the galley, I submerged myself below them to begin the deep clean of the dry stores.
February 26, 2015
Falmouth Academy Students Awarded SEA Scholarship
Each year, SEA awards a SEASCape (high school) or SEA Semester (undergraduate) scholarship to the local student who places first in Falmouth Academy’s Science Fair.
February 12, 2015
SEA Research Professor Co-Authors New Study in Science
New study in Science calculates amount of plastic waste going into the ocean
8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans per year
Woods Hole, MA – Millions of tiny bits of plastic swirl around the ocean, carried far offshore by ocean currents and with few clues about their origin. It has long been suspected that much of this plastic started out as trash on land, but exactly how much un-captured plastic waste is making its way from land to ocean has been a decades-long guessing game. Now, a team of researchers working at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara, has put a number on the global problem.
February 11, 2015
SEA Semester Alumni Recognized at Regional AFS Conference
Congratulations to three SEA Semester alumni who recently received the 2015 Best Student Poster Award at the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference in Lake Placid, New York!