SEA Currents: research
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!
December 29, 2014
Global Ocean program profiled in Ocean Health Index official blog
Dr. Mary Malloy, Director of our new Global Ocean programs, is a guest writer for the Ocean Health Index blog this month. With SEA Semester’s first two Global Ocean programs now completed, Mary describes how curriculum was tailored to incorporate themes of this valuable new tool, and observations of how students utilized various metrics in their studies both on-shore and at sea.
December 18, 2014
Preparing for Science on the Saba Bank
T’was one week before Christmas and we’ve just set sail, departing the island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and heading for St. John in the US Virgin Islands!
This is Clare- I’m a visiting scientist who has had the privilege of working with the fantastic C256 faculty and students since the end of September. I’ve taken a sabbatical from my position at St. George’s University in Grenada in the southern Caribbean and I’ve had a great few months with SEA ashore in New England and on board the Cramer.
December 12, 2014
Gybing, an unexpected treat, a Shipek and aloft!
Though we only left Dunedin yesterday morning, that seems like ages ago to me as I am awoken from my slumbers by a voice informing me that I have 20 minutes until watch starts, that it’s slightly chilly on deck, but there are no signs of adverse weather. I grumble some semblance of “alright I hear you,” and as the voice walks away I slowly get out of bed. It seems as if I just went to bed not too long ago…
December 04, 2014
Finding Researcher’s Ridge
We forwent our regularly scheduled science stations yesterday. Instead of dropping our Secchi disk, free CTD, phyto net, and Neuston net in the morning, we charged forward, making miles early so that we could spend an extra few hours with science gear overboard in the afternoon and evening.
We sailed towards the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’s western side from the heart of its rift valley, a tight and narrow topographic feature bounded by almost incomprehensively steep, deep cliffs that plunge over two thousand meters vertically in a mere hundred horizontal meters. We sailed west, and set our sights toward an elusive shallow spot called Researcher’s Ridge.
November 28, 2014
Plastic, plastic, and more plastic
Hello to all the readers of the C256 blog! This is Nick Dragone, one of the two visiting scientists on this= transatlantic crossing. I am onboard to work on a collaborative project studying the microbial communities living on marine plastic debris. After reading this blog post, I hope you will understand a little more about the collaborative ship-wide effort that is required every day to perform the research that I, Annie (my fellow visiting scientist), the students, and the faculty are conducting onboard.
July 30, 2014
Finding Winslow Reef
07:50 We’ve been sailing in a large circle overnight, waiting for the daylight to begin our approach to Winslow Reef. The reason for this wait is that Winslow is one of those rare unmapped places of our planet, and so we have no good charts to rely on in the absence of daylight. To fix this situation a big part of todays mission is to use our onboard CHIRP sonar system to produce some accurate soundings of this large series of subsea peaks that may or may not pierce the surface of the sea. With the sun sufficiently high in the sky and the CHIRP pinging away we begin our first survey line toward a seamount some 8 nautical miles from what we think is the shallowest point of the reef.