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July 18, 2014

Microplastics in ocean causing rising concern amongst leading scientists

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Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.

This is the view of two of the world’s most eminent authorities on the subject, Professor Kara Lavender Law, of Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA), and Professor Richard Thompson of Plymouth University (UK).

In an article published today in the journal Science, the two scientists have called for urgent action to “turn off the tap” and divert plastic waste away from the marine environment.

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July 15, 2014

Anticipating PIPA

Jan Witting, Chief Scientist


We crossed the equator on Sunday morning, the day we entered into PIPA. There is always a celebration of the event, crossing the line is a big thing for a sailor, for the first time in particular.  Of course around the ship nothing changes, the same trade winds push us along, the same waves stretch into the horizon.  Drawing lines into the high seas can seem like a funny business!

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July 09, 2014

Launching the Argo

Molly Groskreutz, A-Watch, Wesleyan University


Today was an exciting day on the Robert C. Seamans.  It began with my first deployment of the Hydrocast!  The ships crew is divided into 3 watches and those within each watch rotate between deck duty and lab duty. Being that it took about 4 days for me to get my sea legs, I spent that time avoiding small, enclosed spaces.  I have, however, now begun to delve into the exciting scientific inquiries that are taking place in the lab.

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April 25, 2014

Research Symposium Prep

Drew Gustafson, A Watch, Bowdoin College


All was quiet on deck.  The on watch was taking care of ship’s business, but they comprised all of the souls present to enjoy the fresh air breezing briskly through the sails.  You might think I could be describing Mid-Watch, detailing a scene in the dead of night, but as it was, the sun was shining brightly on this fine day.  So where were the students?

Deep in the belly of the ship, we were hard at work, completing the final touches to our research project presentations, awaiting the start of the 2014 S252 Research Symposium.

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April 16, 2014

Challenge + Reward

Karissa Parker, Boston University


Ahoy family and friends!

Today was a busy day here on the Seamans. Our Atlas Projects, which we’re working on in groups of three, were due today. My group, which includes Julian and Emma, are focusing on the issue of sea level rise in French Polynesia. Our project provided us with great opportunities to interact with locals in our various port stops and get their opinions on how their island might be affected by rising sea levels.

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