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June 30, 2021

Launching a Weather Buoy

Rick Miller, Captain


The ship has headed west, leaving the Channel Islands and moving past Point Conception, entering the California Current.

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June 29, 2021

Leaving the Islands

Tadhg McKay, A Watch, Boston University


Yesterday (the 28th) we had clear, sunny skies and calm seas passing through the Channel Islands.

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June 26, 2021

The Voyage Begins

Kelsey Lane, Chief Scientist


Class S-299, SEA Summer Session: North Pacific Gyre, has begun its sea component.

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April 19, 2021

Birthdays and Benthic Sediment

Fiona Swope, A Watch, Colorado College


Today was also my birthday!

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December 20, 2020

Adjusting to the Cramer

Caroline O'Connor, C Watch, Columbia University


Our first morning anchored at the Dry Tortugas has been very busy.

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April 27, 2020

Partners in Research

Monica Bowman, Director of Stewardship

SEA Semester

In addition to coordinating SEA’s assistant scientist team, SEA’s Science Program Coordinator Kimberly Reed Nutt oversees SEA’s oceanographic database and processes requests for use of data collected during SEA programs from interested students and collaborating research scientists.  Over the past 50 years, SEA has sailed extensively in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and collected data on annually recurring cruise tracks, allowing us to investigate ocean questions over time.

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March 09, 2020

The Ecosystem of a Ship

Ava-Rose Beech, Kenyon College


On our first full, 6-hour watch underway on the ship, I was assigned to the engine room. During our time here, each student gets the opportunity to spend a day in the life of the ship’s engineers (the dynamic duo: Henry and Sonia).

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October 19, 2019

At the Helm

Katherine H. Webber, B Watch, The University of Virginia

Spend a Semester at Sea

“Two turns right!” Allison, our chief mate, shouts.

“Two turns right!” I call out. Grabbing the top spoke of the helm, I rotate the wheel, my hand moving from my shoulders to my ankles to my shoulders and then to my ankles one more time and then the turns are complete, each movement more difficult than the next.

October 17, 2019

The New and the Lost World of Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai

Dan Slayback, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


What a week! Having just finished an expedition to the earth’s newest landmass, Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH) in the Kingdom of Tonga a few days ago, I thought I’d write a few thoughts on this latest expedition to Earth’s newest landmass.

October 09, 2019

Students Conduct Hands-on Research on HTHH

Cameron Gallant & Katherine H. Webber, UNC Chapel Hill & University of Virginia


KATHERINE: Walking on deck, I welcomed our first sunny day at HTHH; however, upon reaching the island, I was greeted by hot black sand and an all-consuming heat that would last all day. Soon, as a part of the bird/vegetation team, Emily, Arielle, Cam, and I headed towards the southwest corner of the island, which boarders Hunga Ha’apai (which I think looks like a dragon lying down). Its red eye watched over us as we drew near.

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