SEA Currents: sargasso sea
May 16, 2019
The Ocean as Classroom
An in-depth conversation with SEA Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell on teaching at SEA, the health of coral reefs, and the mysteries of the Sargasso Sea
Professor of Oceanography Jeff Schell is the former director for SEA’s Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean program and led the creation of SEA’s Reef Expedition programs. A graduate of College of the Holy Cross (BA), SUNY Stony Brook (MS) and University of Wisconsin at Madison (PhD), his areas of interest include the ecology of marine and freshwater habitats with a focus on distribution, diversity, and species composition of plankton communities, the ecology of pelagic Sargassum and its associated community, marine environmental history, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, science illustration and storytelling.
April 24, 2019
SEA collaborating with WHOI to study the ocean’s twilight zone!
This morning we sailed from the Bermuda exclusive economic zone (EEZ) into the “area beyond national jurisdiction” (aka the “high seas”) in deepwater (about 5,000 meters) on the Cramer. Our progress is marked by twice-a-day collections of ocean water as well as surface and deep-ocean net tows.
June 21, 2018
Sailing for Seaweed in the Sargasso Sea…
SEA Semester students of the Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program (Class C-279) recently completed their research voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York, with a stop in Bermuda. The program culminated with several weeks on the Woods Hole campus, and presentation of student research at the Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium. As part of their curriculum, students prepared press releases describing their research. These releases will be published here, on the SEA Currents blog, over the course of the next two weeks.
June 15, 2018
SEA to Host Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium
Sea Education Association
7th Annual Ned Cabot Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium:
Seeking a Sense of Place in the Sargasso Sea
Friday, June 15, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SEA, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA
May 06, 2018
Hanging on the headrig
The siren call of a port stop is upon us. We’re all looking forward to talking to loved ones and friends, eating some ice cream, and stretching our legs, but there’s something bittersweet about losing the simplicity of a life underway. Land represents connectivity, turning on the phone and the alarm clock and the laptop, replugging after all this time.
May 04, 2018
Bennington College Student Sails Sargasso Sea
SEA Semester in the News
Science and Policy for the Sargasso Sea
Bennington College News
Kendra Ouellette ‘19 is currently participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, which has set sail for a five-week voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City.
May 04, 2018
Words from a Sailing Intern
Take the helm, they say. Hands to braces to brace square, they say. Haul away your halyards, they say. These are a few of many commands that a sailor will never forget, especially aboard the Cramer. Hello! My name is Tucker Cunningham, a sailing intern aboard the Corwith Cramer. I have been with the Cramer since April 2nd starting from Key West and now just a few days south of Bermuda
May 03, 2018
O-fish-ially deep into the Sargasso Sea
As our second week comes to a close, I already feel like our community aboard Mama Cramer is gelling. You can get used to almost anything: flushing the head (aka toilet) with a hand pump, showering about once every three days, and eating on gimbled tables that continuously tilt to counteract the ship’s rocking.
April 29, 2018
Crossing Lines at Sea
Time at sea is unlike time on land. Life passes in 6-hour, cyclic phases, where some days you work under the sun and others you work under the moon and stars. It is nearly impossible to differentiate between a Monday and a Friday, and time itself has very little meaning.
April 28, 2018
The Daily Life of a Plastic Plucker
After days of stifling temperatures, lazy winds, and glassy seas, Cramer and her crew had an exciting reality check and change of pace last night. Scattered, localized rainstorms merged together around 2000 yesterday (not on my watch!) and resulted in squall conditions overnight, with pouring rain, major swells, and pushy winds. Led by the ever-intrepid B and C watches, who clipped in and foulie-d up during the night and dawn shifts, we rode through the storm, racking up miles under the powerful winds.