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Sea Education Association Research

Papers and Publications


Irwin, E. G., P. J. Culligan, M. Fischer-Kowalski, K. L. Law*, R. Murtugudde and S. Pfirman, 2018. Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability. Nat. Sustain. 1, 324-326.

doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0085-1

Research themes and publication type: Climate Change, Cultural Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability and Policy, Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Geyer, R., J. R. Jambeck and K. L. Law*, 2017. Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made. Sci. Adv. 3, e1700782.

doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Hu, C., B. Murch, B. B. Barnes, M. Wang, J.-P. Maréchal, J. Franks, D. Johnson, B. Lapointe, D. S. Goodwin*, J. M. Schell* and A. N. S. Siuda^, 2016. Sargassum Watch warns of incoming seaweed. EOS Earth and Space Science News 97, 10-15.

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Inundation events, Peer-reviewed publications


Pfaller, J. B. and M. A. Gil^, 2016. Sea turtle symbiosis facilitates social monogamy in oceanic crabs via refuge size. Biol. Lett. 12, 20160607.

doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0607

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


Mincer, T. J., E. R. Zettler* and L. A. Amaral-Zettler, 2016. Biofilms on plastic debris and their influence on marine nutrient cycling, productivity, and hazardous chemical mobility. In The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Vol: Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Plastics in the Environment, eds. H. Takada and H. K. Karapanagioti. Springer.

doi: 10.1007/698_2016_12

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Other


Palter, J., C.-A. Caron, K. L. Law*, J. K. Willis, D. S. Trossman, I. M. Yashayaev and D. Gilbert, 2016. Variability of the directly-observed, mid-depth subpolar North Atlantic circulation. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 2700-2708.

doi: 10.1002/2015GL067235

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Ocean circulation, Peer-reviewed publications


Kukulka, T., K. L. Law* and G. Proskurowski, 2016. Evidence for the influence of surface heat fluxes on turbulent mixing of microplastic marine debris. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 809-815.

doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0242.1

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Gil, M. A.^ and J. B. Pfaller, 2016. Oceanic barnacles act as foundation species on plastic debris: implications for marine dispersal. Sci. Rep. 6, 19987.

doi: 10.1038/srep19987

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Peer-reviewed publications


van Sebille, E., C. Wilcox, L. Lebreton, N. Maximenko, B. D. Hardesty, J. A. van Franeker, M. Eriksen, D. Siegel, F. Galgani and K. L. Law*, 2015.  A global inventory of small floating plastic debris.  Environ. Res. Lett. 10, 124006.

doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124006

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Peer-reviewed publications


Amaral-Zettler, L. A., E. R. Zettler*, B. Slikas, G. D. Boyd, D. W. Melvin^, C. E. Morrall, G. Proskurowski and T. J. Mincer, 2015. The biogeography of the Plastisphere: implications for policy. Front. Ecol. Environ. 13, 541–546.

doi: 10.1890/150017

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, The Plastisphere: Microbial communities on plastic debris, Peer-reviewed publications


Brunner, K., T. Kukulka, G. Proskurowski and K. L. Law*, 2015. Passive buoyant tracers in the ocean surface boundary layer: 2. Observations and simulations of microplastic marine debris. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 7559-7573.

doi: 10.1002/2015JC010840

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Vertical Mixing of Floating Microplastics, Peer-reviewed publications


Schell, J. M.*, D. S. Goodwin*, and A.N.S. Siuda, 2015. Recent Sargassum inundation events in the Caribbean: Shipboard observations reveal dominance of a previously rare form. Oceanography 28(3), 8–10.

doi: 10.5670/oceanog.2015.70

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Inundation events, Peer-reviewed publications


Zettler, E. R.*, D. Brayton*, E. Bryant*, P. Coughlin*, D. Goodwin*, J. Jensen*, P. Joyce*, K. L. Law*, V. L. McGuire*, C. Lea*, M. Malloy*, J. Quilter*, E. Rappaport*, J. S. Schell*, A. N. S. Suida* and J. Witting*, 2014.  Training the next generation of ocean science and policy leaders by taking them to sea. Second International Ocean Science Conference. Barcelona, Spain.

Research themes and publication type: Education, Presentations


Law, K. L.*, S. E. Moret-Ferguson^, E. R. Zettler*, E. DeForce, and G. Proskurowski*, 2014. A synoptic look at eastern Pacific microplastic debris: 11 years of consistent monitoring. Ocean Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Microplastic abundance and distribution, Presentations


Deary, A. L., S. Moret-Ferguson*, M. Engels*, E. Zettler*, G. Jaroslow* and G. Sancho, 2015. Influence of central Pacific oceanographic conditions on the potential vertical habitat of four tropical tuna species. Pacific Science, 69, 461-475.

doi: 10.2984/69.4.3

Research themes and publication type: Climate Change, El Nino-Southern Oscillation, Peer-reviewed publications


Losco, C., 2015. Blending New Technology and Social Cohesion in Samoa. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Social networks, Selected student research


Jamieson, E., 2015. Fa'afafine Experiences of Social Recognition and Inclusion in Samoa, American Samoa and New Zealand. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Social networks, Selected student research


Chen, K., 2015. Coconuts: Ambrosia of the South Pacific. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Places and material culture, Selected student research


Gestal, M., 2015. Sports as Cultural Preservation for the Polynesian People. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Everyday and special practices, Selected student research


Anastas, A., 2015. The Sustainability of Inshore Commercial Fisheries in Samoa and Fiji. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Everyday and special practices, Selected student research


Houlihan, E., 2015. The Role of Traditional Knowledge in Rural Responses to Sea Level Rise in Fiji and Wallis. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Traditional and local knowledge, Selected student research


Wilson, M., 2015. Traditional Fishing Techniques in Fiji: A Review of Sustainability in Fijian Fisheries. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Everyday and special practices, Selected student research


Franklin, C., H. Marty and A. Vigdorchik, 2015. Intersections of Traditional and Contemporary Pacific Medicine. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Traditional and local knowledge, Selected student research


Remo, A., 2015. Sacred Ecology and the Shifting Polynesian Identity. Unpublished student research paper, S-262, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Cultural Sustainability, Traditional and local knowledge, Selected student research


Law, K. L.* and R. C. Thompson, 2014. Microplastics in the seas. Science 345, 144-145.

doi: 10.1126/science.1254065

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Other


Daley, A., G. Huston, M. Keefe and C. Schultz, 2015. Community and Population Level Biodiversity in the Sargasso Sea: A Study Investigating Biodiversity of Sargassum-associated Mobile Fauna. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Sargassum and the Sargassum community, Selected student research


Olson, E. and E. Tonkin, 2015. A Genetic and Morphological Analysis of Atlantic Sargassum. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Sargassum Ecosystem, Taxonomy, Selected student research


Botta, W., J. Townsend and R. Plantz, 2015. Investigating Dispersion Dynamics of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster Panulirus argus Phyllosoma. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Spiny lobster larvae (Phyllosoma), Selected student research


Romero, M., O. Robson, K. Rolf and S. Stratton, 2015. Eel Biodiversity and Population Connectivity in the Sargasso Sea. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Eel larvae (Leptocephali), Selected student research


SEA Class C259, 2015. A Marine Management Proposal for the Sargasso Sea. Unpublished student policy paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Environmental Sustainability and Policy, Sargasso Sea management plan, Selected student research


Alberini, A., L. Goss, C. Graham and H. McMonagle, 2015. Initial Microbial Colonizers of Microplastics in the Sargasso Sea. Unpublished student research paper, Class C-259, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Microbial communities, Selected student research


GESAMP, 2015. Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment: a global assessment. (Kershaw, P. J., ed.). (IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/UNIDO/WMO/IAEA/UN/UNEP/UNDP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection). Rep. Stud. GESAMP No. 90, 96 pp. (K. L. Law*, co-author)

Research themes and publication type: Ocean Plastics and Marine Pollution, Other


Camp, M.^, B. O'Brien^, T. Bowser^, L. Amaral-Zettler, E. Zettler* and A. Siuda*, 2015. Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) dispersion dynamics in the Sargasso Sea. Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting. Chattanooga, TN.

Research themes and publication type: Marine Biodiversity, Spiny lobster larvae (Phyllosoma), Presentations


Greenwood, T., M. Torselli and O. Dawson, 2015. Phytoplankton Community Composition in South Pacific Water Masses. Unpublished student research paper, Class S-258, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA.

Research themes and publication type: Field Oceanography, Phytoplankton and bacteria, Selected student research


* SEA faculty and staff
^ SEA Semester alumnus