SEA Currents: undergraduate research
February 11, 2019
SEA Semester voyage with NASA scientist featured in New York Times
SEA Semester in the NEWS
A Young Island on Earth May Reveal Clues to How Water Shaped Mars
By Niraj Chokshi
The New York Times
Four years ago, an underwater volcano erupted in the South Pacific, creating a new island. And NASA took notice.
January 31, 2019
NASA Scientists join SEA Semester Students on Research Mission
SEA Semester in the News
NASA Earth Expeditions
Land Ho! Visiting a Young Island
By Ellen Gray
Excitement was in the air when research scientist Dan Slayback of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, approached a small trio of islands in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga. It was October 8th, and Dan had joined the scientists and students with the Sea Education Association’s SEA Semester South Pacific cruise to visit a three-year-old island he’d only seen from space.
January 28, 2019
SEA & WHOI to Explore Ocean Twilight Zone
Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will join this spring’s SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC) program on a special collaboration to explore the ocean’s mesopelagic or twilight zone, further augmenting one of SEA’s most advanced scientific undergraduate programs.
May 14, 2015
Our Floating Home, Lab & Classroom
After a week on the RCS we are less than 48 hours from our second port stop at Caroline Island. Even taking an amazing two days to explore Rangiroa and its lagoon, which Andreas described in his blog post several days ago, we’ve adjusted to the rhythm of the watch schedule and life aboard our floating home, lab and classroom. It feels to me like our time on shore was ages ago, much more than the 6 days and change since we left port in Papeete and much much more than two weeks ago we left our long days in the classroom looking out at Monterey Bay (more on that in a minute).
April 16, 2015
Undergraduate Research Week Wraps Up
To mark Undergraduate Research Week, we’re continuing to feature the inspiring investigations planned by our current class on campus, C-259, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. (In case you missed it, here are Part 1 and Part 2.)
In just a few days, they’ll set sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico to New York City via Bermuda. Along the way, they’ll undertake a variety of scientific studies on the Sargasso Sea, that vast portion of the North Atlantic Ocean that is a major focus of conservation efforts.
Here’s a look at the final two projects that our student research teams plan to conduct:
November 16, 2014
A Lota Gelata
Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans.
April 24, 2014
SEA Scientists estimate total mass of plastic particles littering North Pacific subtropical gyre
SEA Semester® undergraduates aid collection efforts informing plastic “garbage patch” studies in Pacific Ocean
An estimated 21,290 metric tons of plastic particles are currently floating in the North Pacific subtropical gyre, with a mass equivalent to 132 Boeing 747 airplanes or 120 blue whales. This estimate, the most complete and accurate evaluation of Pacific Ocean plastic pollution to date, comes from eleven years of plastic debris collection and the efforts of over 1,700 undergraduate students studying abroad with SEA Semester, operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.