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FOLLOWING The Magazine of Sea Education Association

Summer 2019






Exploring New Ground

In the Galley

Cruise Track to Career Path

Student research in Tonga contributes to understanding of Mars

PAGE 6 In the Wake of Whalemen SEA Semester students follow track of 19thcentury Falmouth whaler

An inside look at what it takes to feed a hungry crew

PAGE 13 SEA News Briefs

PAGE 17 Scuttlebutt


Greetings from all of us at SEA, both here in Woods Hole and on distant oceans! What was true when Cory Cramer first cast off with the Westward and his pioneering collection of students, faculty, and professional sailing crew remains true today – SEA is making waves. This issue of Following SEA highlights just a few of the many stories we heard this year from our alumni and friends. In my role as president, I have the opportunity to meet and reconnect with alumni across the country. They never fail to impress and inspire me. If you read “Scuttlebutt,” you’ll see why I say that – SEA alumni are amazing people with fascinating stories to tell! I encourage you to read that section closely. You will be as proud and delighted as I am at the breadth of our alumni accomplishments. What underlies this publication and all that we do at SEA is our commitment to inspire ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders. We look forward to the year ahead and to hearing your SEA story. Enjoy!

Peg Brandon, W-48, President

2018-2019 Officers & Trustees Officers


Richard Cost, Chair Susan Humphris, Vice Chair Linda Cox Maguire, Vice Chair Robert Knapp, W-99, Treasurer Richard Chandler, W-7, Clerk Margaret Brandon, W-48, ex-officio

Jacob Brown Walter Brown Lee Campbell, W-60 John Gerngross, W-20 Lauren Gilbert, S-190 Jerome Heller Ambrose Jearld Morris Kellogg Ivan Luke Caleb McClennen, W-144 Philip McKnight Jessica McWade Jeremy Salesin, W-75 Rebecca Sparkes, C-183 Willis Wang Anthony Whittemore John Wigglesworth, W-5 Charles Willauer, W-40

Trustees Emeriti Peter Ellis John Kingsbury Peter Willauer Eric Wolman George Woodwell

Presidents Emeriti John Bullard Rafe Parker

Editor: Douglas Karlson Project Manager: Lauren Zike, S-184 Director of Development: Julia Alling Director of Stewardship: Monica Bowman Development Associate: Crickett Warner Alumni Relations Coordinator: Victoria Smith Design: Fyfe Design Photography: SEA faculty, students, and friends





ground By Dr. Rachel Scudder, C-220, SEA Visiting Chief Scientist

Student research contributes to understanding of Mars

As my team made our way across the flatter land toward the caldera, a crater created by the volcano that now holds water within, we were amazed by each pumice-y, speckly, and sulfuric rock, as they all looked extraordinarily unreal.� Mariah Reinke, Environmental Studies, Hobart & William Smith Colleges


he newly formed island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai has been described as a “little piece of Mars on Earth,” which is why NASA scientist Dan Slayback tagged along when SEA Semester class S-282, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems (SPICE), visited the island in October. By studying Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH for short), scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hope to better understand the erosion of cemented volcanic ash and rocks to gain insight into the geological history of Mars. SEA Visiting Chief Scientist Rachel Scudder, C-220, filed a report on the research she and her students conducted on the island. The following is an excerpt: What we have been doing here is as close to the original explorers of old as you get in the modern day. The new island of HTHH consists of two older islands, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai, which are thought to have originated in prehistoric times, and a connecting landform created in 2015 by an explosive underwater eruption. HTHH is unique in that it has not eroded back into the sea as expected. This presents an exciting puzzle. What is this island made of and why is it still here? With these questions in mind, we broke up our students and staff into several science mission teams: GPS, Rock, Drone, Flora, Bathymetric, and Waste Management. The GPS Team’s goal was to establish known ground control points to allow NASA to more accurately measure the new island, and to establish a baseline against which future measurements can be calibrated. The Rock Team had the hard job of both finding rocks for further analysis back at home and attempting some initial interpretation of the geological formations found on HTHH to better understand the eruption and the volcano’s resistance to erosion.

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Supervised by Captain Jay Amster, C-166, the Drone Team flew the ship’s quadcopter drone to obtain images for a digital elevation model. It was an important job that allowed NASA to have a better understanding of the structure and depth of the island’s ridge and gullies. This team had a blast flying over the caldera wall and capturing some stunning images and video of both the land and the sea! Team Flora documented any growth of plant material on the island. An abundance of nesting birds made the task difficult, but the team was able to gather data and mark a plot for future research. One of the most important goals was to get more complete measurements of the depth and structure of the surrounding seafloor to understand how the island is eroding and make it more navigable for future researchers. The Bathymetric Team used a depth sounder on the Seamans’ rescue boat to gather data. Finally, the Waste Management Team, led by our chief anthropologist, Jeff Wescott, took on the task of cleaning up trash from HTHH. Clearly much of it had washed in from the sea as there were a LOT of fishing buoys. While I am exhausted from the days of clambering and climbing over loose ground covered by rocks and managing so many different science projects, I find myself incredibly grateful to the amazing crew, assistant scientists, students, and staff at SEA who made this whole project possible. It’s been an honor for SEA to work so closely with new colleagues such as Dan Slayback and Jim Garvin from NASA, Vicki Ferrini from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, and officials from Tonga, Fiji, and the U.S. State Department. We look forward to more discoveries and collaborations.

Clockwise from above: Sailing Intern Olivia Lord takes samples for pH measurement in the caldera lake; Assistant Scientist and Team Flora member Gabrielle (Gabo) Page, S-239, surveys plant life; Waste Management team members, left to right: Dietrich Klug, Glenn Billman, Charles (Cutter) Thompson, Prof. Jeff Wescott; samples of tephra, rock fragments ejected from the volcano.



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SEA Semester students follow track of 19th century Falmouth ship By Doug Karlson


tudents aboard SEA Semester vessels help keep the ships’ charts up to date to mark hazards to navigation. But a chart that helped guide students of class S-283, The Global Ocean, through the seas around New Zealand was almost 200 years old.

It’s a chart that visiting professor of maritime studies Dr. Richard King found at Mystic Seaport’s G.W. Blunt White Library while researching an upcoming book. “The library director happened to pull out a chart of the South Pacific from the 1820s. We saw all these little whale tails marked on the chart, which I had never seen before,” recalled King. King connected the chart to a whaling ship, the Commodore Morris, out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Then he discovered that the Falmouth Historical Society had two of the ship’s logbooks in its collection – one from 1845 to 1849, the other from 1849 to 1853. King reached out to Meg Costello, research manager at the society, who sent him scans of the books. As luck would have it, they matched references on the chart. They were from the same whaling expedition! “That was cool. It’s not very often that you have a logbook and the working chart from the same voyage,” said King. Of particular interest to King was that the captain of the Commodore Morris on the 1849 to 1853 voyage, Lewis Lawrence, kept detailed records of whale sightings. Lawrence was primarily hunting sperm whales, and his chart and logbooks provide insight into their population and locations.


“Captain Lawrence’s logbook was more quantitative than the other logbooks I’ve seen,” said King. King, who was scheduled to be a visiting faculty member for class S-283, saw an opportunity for his SEA Semester students, as many of the whale sightings recorded on the chart were near the Kermadec Islands, where the SSV Robert C. Seamans would be sailing. The crews of the two ships wouldn’t be that different, either, as whaling ships were largely crewed by younger people in their late teens to early twenties. “Whalemen were doing the closest thing to what we’re doing on our tall ship,” he said, observing that whaleships were pelagic, open-ocean vessels that spent much of their time “lollygagging” and taking observations. “They were looking at the marine environment in a very careful way, out at sea, which is basically what we’re doing. But obviously the cultural shift is enormous in terms of how we think about whales,” said King. King realized the logbooks, which documented early environmental history, could be an excellent teaching tool, allowing students to engage directly with primary research. Toward that end, King asked the students to transcribe one of the handwritten logbooks. “I thought, this would be a fun project where the whole class could work together.” The class embraced the idea. Each of King’s students transcribed a portion of the log – painstaking work given the difficult-to-decipher handwriting and archaic language. Olivia Vasquez, an undergraduate at Oberlin College, then compiled the transcriptions into a single document that was then edited by Sal Cosmedy (Mount Holyoke College) and Tom Davies (Reed College). Olivia and classmate Jennifer Crandall, of Middlebury College, volunteered to take the data culled by their classmates to create a GIS chart showing the locations of the Commodore Morris’ whale sightings, a project that tied in well with the students’ Data Visualization and Communication class. Associate Professor Dr. Deb Goodwin, who

happened to be in the office between trips, volunteered her time and expertise to help Crandall and Vasquez make the map. “The work we’ve done makes the data contained in the log accessible to other students and scholars,” Crandall observed, adding that there are many layers to consider, both scientific and historical. For the transcription, students worked off a scan of the logbook, but later were thrilled to visit the Falmouth Historical Society to view the original. It’s been a win for the historical society as well. Very few of the logbooks in its collection, which are otherwise difficult to read and difficult to search, have been transcribed. Due to the season and relatively short duration of their voyage – as compared with the months at sea spent by the crew of the Commodore Morris – as well as the reduced abundance of whales in this region, the crew of the Seamans didn’t see any sperm whales, but they did see a humpback whale and pilot whales. They compared the historic observations of marine mammals with their own, and then overlaid that with their own measurements of zooplankton and phytoplankton concentrations. Throughout the voyage, students consulted a full-sized copy of the original chart, which they rolled out on the tables of the main salon, as well as their new GIS chart. King said it was fascinating for the students to read Captain Lawrence’s log entries for the places they visited (“hey, this is where they flogged the cook!”) as well as his detailed descriptions of the people and animals of the Kermadec Islands, which the Seamans visited. Looking back, Vasquez and Crandall say it was a massive undertaking, requiring many hours of work. They were sometimes concerned about asking their fellow students to help with both the transcription and compiling the data, given their already heavy workload. “But people were really receptive. It says a lot about SEA Semester students,” said Vasquez. “It was so exciting to come together as a group, to make our mark at SEA,” added Crandall.

Previous page: Chart used by Capt. Lawrence. Opposite page: GIS chart of Commodore Morris voyages; Global Ocean S-283 students examine the original Commodore Morris logbook at the Falmouth Historical Society (left to right: Elena Beckhaus, Maddie Oerth, Matt Birhle, Sarah Patulak, and Katie Shambaugh); a page from Capt. Lawrence’s logbook; Capt. Lewis Lawrence (photo courtesy of Falmouth Historical Society) .

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MORE ABOUT CAPTAIN LAWRENCE The men and women of the Lawrence family played an important role in Falmouth’s seafaring past, and their stories provide valuable insight into the history of whaling. As part of their SEA Semester curriculum, students of class C-151 in 1997 studied the Lawrence family, with the help of former science coordinator Dr. Erik Zettler, and their research contributed to “Whaling Brides and Whaling Brothers: The Lawrences of Falmouth” (The Falmouth Historical Society, 1997, 27 pages), by Dr. Mary Malloy, former professor of maritime history at SEA. Copies of this publication are available at the SEA library as well as the Falmouth Historical Society.

“It’s not very often that you have a logbook and the working chart from the same voyage.” Dr. Richard King

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Preparing three meals and three snacks a day at sea is a challenging job that requires constant adjustment depending on provisions available, weather, and dietary restrictions. SEA senior stewards Ger Tysk and Sabrina Hutchinson (S-253 & C-259) recently reflected on their unique responsibilities and experiences from the galleys of the SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans.





Stewards are the morale officers on board – nothing makes people feel better than a good, hot meal. I love seeing the reactions of crew who just came off a wet, stormy dawn watch to enjoy a hot breakfast. I also love the opportunity to experiment with foods from all over the world.

In a big bowl, combine 5 cups of flour, ½ tsp of instant yeast, ½ tsp of salt, ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, and 2 cups of warm water. The dough will be very sticky and wet and does not require a proper knead. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to double in size in a warm place – about 1.5 hours.


Sabrina Hutchinson is a SEA Semester alumna of classes S-253 and C-259. She began working as a steward in 2016, and recently completed her 10th SEA Semester voyage with S-283.

Our students all get a day in the galley to work as my assistant, and one of the highlights is teaching them to work with ingredients they’ve never used or eaten before. Alternatively, we sometimes recreate dishes from their family kitchens, to generate more of a sense of home in a faraway place. Ger:


I try to buy local whenever possible. Here in Grenada, I was able to buy locally grown lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, cabbage, plantains, and oranges. All the meat in our order is also local to the islands’ farms. I like to visit open-air markets and buy directly from those farmers. Ger:

Meal planning for six weeks is impossible for me – I just order ingredients I like to cook with and make it up as we go. Sometimes we have the option of restocking produce along the way in places like Tahiti, Fiji, and all throughout Tonga, where there are a ton of open-air markets with tables full of the freshest produce available. Sabrina:

Ger Tysk began sailing with SEA in 2014 as a voyager aboard C-256, a transatlantic passage. Since 2016, she has sailed on three SEA Semester voyages, the most recent of which was C-285, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. She has a USCG 200-ton nearcoastal mate’s license.


My job is to make sure everyone gets enough calories and a balance of carbs, fat, and protein to stand a 4- or 6-hour watch in the hot Caribbean sun. For vegetarians, I make a wide variety of protein options such as beans, quinoa, nuts, tofu, and tempeh. Ger:

I try to find a balance between making fan favorites (tacos, mac ’n’ cheese, lasagna) and cooking new dishes (breadfruit, moussaka, fiddlehead fern curry). Sabrina:

G E R ’ S R AME N MI S O I’m probably best known for my ramen bar. I simmer pork bones and scraps to make homemade broth, then provide various toppings, such as pork belly, soy sauce eggs, tofu, and bean sprouts, to create a make-your-own ramen bowl buffet. Below is the recipe for my spicy miso base, which can be stirred into the base pork broth for a rich and spicy umami flavor. 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 inch ginger, minced 1 onion, minced 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted 1 Tbsp sesame oil ¼ lb ground pork (substitute tofu for vegetarian option) ½ cup red miso ¼ cup white miso 1 tsp Doubanjiang (spicy bean paste) 2 tsp soy sauce ¼ tsp white pepper powder In a medium pot, heat sesame oil over medium heat and cook the minced garlic, ginger, and onion until fragrant. Add the meat or tofu and increase heat to medium high. Cook the meat until no longer pink, breaking up chunks. Add both misos and mix well. Let miso-meat mixture brown, then add spicy bean paste, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and white pepper. Stir well and remove from heat. Add a few spoonfuls to ramen broth before adding noodles.

On rare occasions, we manage to catch a fish and the student helping me that day learns to scale, clean, filet, and cook the fish. My family is originally from Hong Kong, where the cuisine is heavily seafood-based, so I love teaching people how to cook fish. As a bonus, the carcass goes to the lab for students interested in learning about fish anatomy. Ger:


My most memorable times in the galley are rough days when the ship is rolling, and my student assistants haven’t gotten their sea legs yet. It’s obviously difficult for them, but I am always so impressed by their dedication to getting the food out and making the meal to their satisfaction even though everything is sliding around. Ger:

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Place dough onto a well-oiled cookie sheet and spread to fill the entire pan (it might spring back on you – just keep trying!). Let it proof in a warm place for another hour while the oven preheats to 450 degrees. Before baking, dimple the top of the bread using your fingertips. Drizzle with oil and coarse salt. Bake in the center of hot oven for 20 or 25 minutes until top is golden brown. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes.

“The main salon is our dining room, living room, and family room all rolled into one. It’s where students eat, do homework, strum instruments, play games, and unwind after watch. Having a large, multifunctional community space is important in helping the ship feel like home.” – Sabrina Hutchinson




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Seeking solutions

Dr. Kara Lavender Law testifies on Capitol Hill SEA Research Professor of Oceanography Kara Lavender Law is increasingly the go-to expert when it comes to ocean plastics pollution. On Sept. 26, 2018, she appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to discuss ways to reduce the impact of marine debris on the environment, wildlife, and human health. The other panelists were Dr. Jonathan

Baillie, chief scientist at the National Geographic Society; Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemical Council, and Bruce Karas, vice president of environment and sustainability at Coca-Cola North America. The hearing was broadcast live on C-Span and has been archived for viewing on the committee’s website.

Measure of unrecycled plastic by Dr. Kara Lavender Law et al. is top stat Britain’s Royal Statistical Society selected an eye-opening statistic on the proportion of plastic that is never recycled as its “statistic of the year” for 2018. The stat – 90.5 percent – comes from a global analysis of plastics co-authored last year by Dr. Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia; Dr. Roland Geyer, University of California, Santa Barbara; and our own Dr. Kara Lavender Law.

New programs focus on climate and conservation SEA recently introduced two new programs that will debut in the fall of 2019. Climate change has social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental impacts, so it is imperative that solutions involve input from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. That’s the idea behind Climate & Society, which takes a human-centered approach and is geared to non-science majors. It begins Sept. 23 with a shore component in Woods Hole and continues with a second shore component in New Zealand

and a sea component in the waters off New Zealand. Dr. Jeff Wescott, SEA assistant professor of anthropology, led the development of Climate & Society and reports that many college and universities have recently launched similar courses. “I think the timing of our new program is just right, identifying a trend in how institutions of higher learning are taking an increasingly multidisciplinary approach to the problem of climate change.” Atlantic Odyssey is designed exclusively for gap year and winter start students.

The program begins Sept. 23 with a three-week shore component followed by a 39-day cruise from Woods Hole to the Caribbean. Field research aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer is designed to introduce students to ocean conservation and sustainable management of marine environments. During this sailing adventure, there’ll be ample opportunities for skill-building, leadership development, and personal growth. For more information about these new programs, go to www.sea.edu.

Dr. Jeff Wescott lectures at McGuiness Institute, Wellington, New Zealand.


EXECUTIVE SESSION SEA hosts special program for multinational business executives

Top (left to right): Ron Oswald, NMHS Board Chair; Christopher Culver, Rear Commodore, New York Yacht Club; SEA President Peg Brandon; SEA Board Chair Dr. Richard Cost

Honors & Awards It’s been a year of special recognition for Sea Education Association and the work we do. At a gala dinner at the New York Yacht Club last October, the National Maritime Historical Society presented SEA with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education. The

Society cited SEA’s leadership as a field-based environmental education-at-sea program, noting how SEA “nurtures scholars and leaders to both appreciate the ocean and tackle the issues impacting it.”

This year’s John K. Bullard Diversity Award, given every other

year to those in the Woods Hole community who play a significant role in making the community more inclusive and more welcoming of people of all backgrounds, was presented to Onjalé Scott, C-238 and PEP alumna, and Scott Branco, former SEA director of finance and administration, for their contributions to the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP). The award is named in honor of John Bullard, former president of Sea Education Association.

Peg Brandon was selected as an

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Aspen Fellow for the 2018 Aspen Ideas

Festival last June, which was a great opportunity for Peg, on behalf of SEA, to build and strengthen collaboration nationally with leaders in the higher education, media, environment, and diversity spheres. Finally, this past May, Peg was honored by the University of Rhode Island as an honorary doctor of science for her many accomplishments in leading SEA!

In September, 18 executives from Tokio Marine, a global marine insurance company, spent five days at sea aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans after departing Pago Pago, American Samoa in a joint program with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. According to SEA’s former Director of Marine Operations David Bank, W-48, who served as captain, the goal of the voyage was “to take the executives out of their comfort zone for an experiential expedition to help them connect with one another and amplify their leadership skills and capabilities.” This program serves as a potential model for future short executive programs designed to teach leadership in a dynamic environment, teamwork and communication skills. Over the past several years, SEA has expanded its graduate student, executive leadership, and adult programs. In March, SEA offered the Wharton Small Crew Program for MBA students on a small fleet of chartered cruising vessels in Grenada.

PEP STUDENTS TAKE TO SEA Students in the 10th Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) sailed aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer last June. It was the first time that a voyage aboard the Cramer, which operated out of Woods Hole for the summer, was incorporated into PEP. The students participated in a four-day cruise through Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, deploying equipment such as a CTD profiler, Neuston net, and Shipek sediment grab. James Brown, a recent graduate of Kentucky State University who had an internship at the Marine Biological Laboratory, said the voyage put his studies into perspective. “You can do

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classroom work all day, but unless you actually experience it, it doesn’t resonate. I absolutely loved it!” The goal of PEP is to increase diversity in the Woods Hole science community by recruiting under-represented students and recent college graduates. The 10-week summer program consists of a four-week course at SEA and a six-week internship at one of the Woods Hole scientific institutions. Students live on the SEA campus. The central location ensures that PEP students are able to take full advantage of all that Woods Hole has to offer.

Students of the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer.


Astronaut Ricky Arnold aboard the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

A Space Odyssey

SEA links with International Space Station

While NASA astronaut and former SEA scientist Ricky Arnold orbited Earth, students gathered in the Madden Center lecture hall at SEA to ask about life on the International Space Station during a live video downlink on July 13, 2018. The event was part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station program, the goal of which is to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Questions were composed by SEA Semester students in the

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program while aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer and were read by high school students enrolled in our SEASCape: SEA Science on the Cape summer program. Arnold, who sailed on two SEA voyages as assistant scientist in 1993, said his experience at SEA prepared him for his job as an astronaut. “There’s nothing I’ve done in my life that prepared me better for my experience up here,” he said.

Capt. Carl Chase with his model of the R/V Westward in his Maine workshop.

Capt. Shawn Deweese (left) and Capt. Chris Nolan, assistant professor of nautical science, with model built by Deweese. be installed in a special case and displayed in the Madden Center, where it will continue to inform and inspire our students.


NOAA scientists continue whale acoustic research with SEA

Jonathan Harris

IN THE PATH OF PIRATES! 2019 Elsaesser Fellow to Research Gulf Coast As the recipient of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship, Jonathan Harris, C-112, has embarked on a sailing and hiking expedition to explore the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, LA to Cedar Key, FL. His goal is to study the rich maritime history of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and document the region’s fortifications, lighthouses, and other historical

SEA welcomed two additions to its collection of model ships, both designed to help students understand the workings of a brigantine. Captain Carl Chase, former faculty member and captain at SEA, restored an R/V Westward model he originally built in 1980. Captain Shawn Deweese, W-150B, former Coast Guard officer and graduate of SEA’s high school program, recently crafted and donated a teaching model that replicates the rigging of the SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans. Captain Deweese’s model rides on a wheeled platform and features functional rigging for all nine sails. Using the model, students can set and strike sails, tack and jibe with a fan, and generally learn how the rig works before they set foot on a real SEA ship. Captain Chase’s model was also built as a training tool and was used in the classroom for many years. The model is true to the R/V Westward as the vessel was configured prior to its 1988 rebuild. The model will

structures. Jonathan, a geologist and former SEA crewmember, is an education and outreach coordinator at Mississippi State University. Jonathan will produce a largeformat publication of his research, with high-resolution photographs and text, as well as supporting digital media and a documentary video. He also intends to actively blog during the expedition.

For the sixth year in a row, a scientist from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) joined the crew of the SSV Corwith Cramer to do acoustic research on humpback whales in the Caribbean. Genevieve Davis, a marine mammal scientist in the passive acoustics research group at the Center’s Woods Hole Laboratory, joined the Cramer during last spring’s Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean SEA Semester program. Davis worked with SEA Professor of Oceanography and Chief Scientist Dr. Jeff Schell and 20 students to record underwater sounds of whales in the Silver Bank Humpback Whale Sanctuary off the Dominican Republic as well as ocean noise at various reefs. Humpbacks migrate to Silver Bank in the winter during breeding season. Recordings made are studied by the NEFSC’s Caribbean Humpback Acoustic Monitoring Program (CHAMP). “It’s an opportunity for me to record humpback sounds in the region, which is otherwise a challenging location to get to,”

explained Davis. “Our ongoing collaboration with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center allows SEA students to work side by side with a marine mammal acoustic specialist on an important, emerging problem in the ocean – noise pollution,” said Schell. “SEA students are not simply watching whales in the Caribbean – they are making observations and collecting data that will inform future marine policy and management decisions that directly impact humpback whale conservation.”

Taking time to listen, SEA crew and students alike marvel at the amazing diversity of sounds created by humpback whales on Silver Bank.


Cruise Track to Career Path Elizabeth Eden, W-173 A Passion for the Pacific Elizabeth (Lib) Eden is an alumna of SEA Semester W-173, a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Pacific maritime studies, and a former fisheries nonprofit advocate and paralegal for the Department of Justice. She and her husband, Bryan, a data analyst for the Space Telescope Science Institute, are raising her daughters, Miranda and Beatrice. They are currently designing a net-zero home in Baltimore with former SEA Chief Mate Parlin Meyer and make annual summer visits to Cape Cod. Q: Was there a defining moment of your cruise that influenced your career path? A: I’d been searching for an experience like SEA for years. I had spent a month on a working ranch in Wyoming and another month hiking through the Beartooth range in Montana in high school, I worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and I did a semester in Baja with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). But when I arrived in Woods Hole I realized I had found something that combined all of the most wonderful aspects of those previous experiences into one package. There were literally hundreds of magical moments over those six weeks at sea, but one that remains with me to this day is standing bow watch in the middle of the night with a pair of phosphorescent dolphins riding our bow wave. I knew there was no place in the world I would rather be. Q: How did SEA Semester help prepare you for your career? A: I took a two-year break from college to work for SEA in both the Atlantic and the Pacific as a deckhand and a steward. When I decided to return to school, I attended the University of Hawaii, a school I never would have considered or been prepared for without SEA. Through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, I was able to create my own major in Pacific maritime studies. Even before I graduated, I had secured a position at the Hawaii Maritime Center, a museum dedicated to Hawaii’s maritime history. From there, I worked for a fisheries nonprofit in Washington, D.C., and then as a paralegal for the Department of Justice’s Aviation and Admiralty division. During my time at the DOJ, the 2008 financial crisis occurred and my vision of pursuing a career in admiralty law was no longer feasible. Even though I am no longer working in a career with ties to the maritime world, I never would have gotten where I am today without SEA. Q: How else did SEA Semester impact you in ways that perhaps still provide value to your life today? A: There’s no way I would have pursued the career path I did without the confidence I gained from my time at SEA. From the small things that make the boat run smoothly, like dawn cleanup and boat checks, to more overt leadership roles like completing a semester-long project or running a watch, SEA afforded ample opportunity to learn how to work with a variety of personalities in a variety of situations. I walked away from the Westward with a newfound autonomy over my own life, no longer willing to go with a flow that didn’t suit me.

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At the end of a voyage, when a vessel’s anchor has been securely set, crewmembers keep “anchor watch,” alert to subtle changes in wind, tide, and sea to ensure the safety of the ship. For the most part, it’s a quiet time to reflect on the journey.

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Anchor Watch is a special community of SEA parents, alumni, and friends committed to SEA through planned giving. To learn about the many advantages of designating SEA as a future beneficiary, please contact Monica Bowman, director of leadership gifts and stewardship, at 508-444-1913.


1970s W-6 Von Gryska writes: “Am still practicing surgery. If I keep practicing, one day I’ll get it right. Now live in Chatham, MA.” W-7 Gordon Schimmel writes: “As a W-7 student with good memories of the only trip to the Galapagos, I entered a career in public education (31 years, with 21 as superintendent of schools), and I retired in 2008. Now retired for the second time, after doing STEM workshops for middle and high school teachers on the physics of flight for the past 10 years. Fortunate to live on Cape Cod, still sailing regularly on Buzzards Bay and with the Wooden Boat school in Maine last summer.” W-15 Aprille Sherman writes: “Ran a half marathon in Sydney, Australia in September 2017. I met up with a woman and her father from Connecticut doing the Sydney Harbor bridge climb with me. She was in Sydney to study abroad, said she was joining a ship. I asked, ‘Are you with Sea Education Association?’ And when she said ‘yes,’ I practically fell on her

hugging her and said, ‘I’m an alum!’ She was joining Seamans – I hope she had an awesome experience! I dived the Great Barrier Reef and explored the Daintree Rainforest, amongst other adventures in Australia.” W-16 Walter Mitchell reports: “Just having a great time sailing. Ran into Rich Wilson in April at Safety at Sea Seminar at the Naval Academy. Rich was the headliner.” W-18 Lucy Loomis says she had a great time on the Seamans’ invitational sail in Tahiti in May 2018. W-18 Nancy Beall Hendren writes: “Thank you for SEA and let’s clean up the plastic in the ocean!” W-21 Jacob Korngold sends a shout-out to all the W-21 crew! W-21 Raymond Palombo is captain on a tugboat for Vane Brothers out of Philly. W-25 Luanne Rice’s novel, The Beautiful Lost (whale research, oceanography, and sailing, inspired by SEA), was recently reprinted in paperback, and her new novel, Pretend She’s Here, was published in February.

W-31 Eleanor Mariani retired in October from her position as director of boating safety at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and is enjoying retirement! W-32 Susan ScottoDyckman writes: “We recently moved to Annapolis but are spending most of our time in Grand Cayman. Thanks to my experience with SEA Semester, I developed a deep love of the Caribbean and coral reefs. Cheers!” W-35 Melinda Edgerley Pearce writes: “Our ‘empty nest’ isn’t so bad when we receive a 40lb box of salmon, halibut, yelloweye, and crab from our son who lives in Alaska! On a recent trip to Alaska, I was reminded how awesome the ocean is. The orca whales surrounded our boat. We pulled king crab traps and enjoyed several dinners!” W-40 Susan Savage is happily retired in Sequim, WA with her husband, Bob. She recently published a chapter in Bristol Bay Alaska: Natural Resources of the Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems. W-43 Kenneth Potter is semi-retired and living in Eastern Ontario. He teaches various marine safety courses part time

at the Georgian College Centre for Marine Training and Research and for the International Maritime Organization. W-44 Katie Beal Bradford reports: “My company is making turtle and manatee stretchers for University of Florida!” W-45 Martha Martinez del Rio says she is “sending good cheer to all my crewmates!” W-46 Brad Dyer reports: “I’m alive!” W-47 Amy Bower still works at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Department of Physical Oceanography. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, David, and 16-year-old daughter Sara. Last fall, she and a group of racers from the Boston area won the World Blind Fleet Racing Championship in Sheboygan, WI, just edging out the UK team on the fifth day of racing on Lake Michigan. W-48 Rocket Getchell writes: “Still living in Ithaca on Cayuga Lake and working as a fish health researcher at Cornell. My only boating is in our 1962 Boston Whaler 17 Newport. So proud of Peg!”

1980s W-50 James Saroka is teaching chemistry and says, “Life is good! Love the granddaughter!” W-54 Nickoletta Farros writes: “Still living in Los Gatos, CA and loving life! Our daughter, Kat, is a junior in theater and psychology at Bucknell University and is off to London next semester. If any W-54’ers make it out to California, please look me up.” W-56 Marie VayoGreenbaum reports she is happily retired after 36 years teaching science K-12! W-58 Wendy Blake writes: “Living in Salem, MA. Just sent my youngest to Northwestern and my oldest graduated med school. Spend as much time as possible on the water!” W-58 Adrienne Kalbacher is now living in Alexandria, VA full time. She enjoys attending the SEA Washington, DC alumni events and occasionally gets together with Debra Felix (W-58) who lives nearby.



W-59 Pat Keenan is still president of Phoenix International Holdings, a worldwide underwater service provider. W-61 Lawrence Taborsky is flying airplanes and sailing an occasional sunfish in southwest Florida. W-62 Barbara Dinkins writes: “My husband and business partner, Gerry, has taken a position at U of Tennessee, which means I’m now running Dinkins Biological Consulting on my own. We do endangered fish, mussel, and land snail surveys all over the eastern U.S.” W-63 Jeanne Grasso writes: “Still practicing maritime law at Blank Rome LLP and traveling all over the world as an Executive Committee member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. And, importantly, SCUBA diving whenever I can!” W-64 Susan Service was awarded Yachtswoman of the Year by her local harbor organization. W-64 Katherine Schultz reports: “Moving to NC, son may play for Tampa Bay Rays!” W-65 Penny Lacroix writes: “I’ve just quit my day job (museum director) to focus on my fiber arts. This is a long-time dream, and I’m happy to finally be making it happen! I’m weaving and spinning in my home studio, teaching classes, and giving lectures and workshops.” W-65 Jennifer Paduan works at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, where she uses remotely operated vehicles to study submarine volcanoes. Recent cruises were to Axial Seamount in the NE Pacific in August and to a newly discovered hydrothermal vent field in Pescadero Basin of the Gulf of California in November. W-68 Christopher Myers writes: “Still living too far from the ocean in the mountains of Colorado

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(30+ years now). If any other W-68ers get lost here too, look me up in Telluride.” W-71 Alexander Prud’homme reports: “I am working on a new book about the history of presidential food. It is a huge research project, but is fascinating, tasty, surprising, and occasionally bizarre. Stay tuned!” W-71 Kristina Caldwell writes: “I’m in my 20th year working at Kenyon College and still enjoy being in the campus environment. I always hope students will consider SEA!” W-72 Norman Price is still happy teaching science in Amherst and wants to do some oceanography with his students. W-72 Christopher Perry reports that his son, Ben, got married in November 2017 to Erin Mayer. W-73 P. Langley Willauer writes: “Just finished another semi-annual Newport-Bermuda Race family campaign with brother Charlie (W-40) as skipper. Report: ocean currents are still beguiling!” W-76 Scott Doney recently moved to Charlottesville, VA, where he is a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. W-86 Heidi McGee writes: “Practicing law and living in Westport, CT and spending summers in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Please look me up!” W-90 Valerie Beck writes: “Amazingly, now 32 years since Westward. So many great memories I share with my daughter, Marissa: ‘Mom, I know, you told me that. Everything reminds you of the Westward.’ Maybe she will be a second generation someday. Take care, all!” W-90 Barbara Toomey reports: “Bill and Barb recently moved to Cape Elizabeth, ME and get to see the Westward every time we cross the bridge into Portland.”

W-93 Amy Blumenberg lives in Portland, OR with her husband of 33 years and 15-year-old daughter. She’s an avid cyclist and recently started playing ukulele. She’d love to hear from her W-93 shipmates. W-94 Thomas Jester writes: “Empty nester! Principal at Quinn Evans Architects, still coaching and playing hockey.” W-95 Lisa Busch is director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, a nonprofit dedicated to science research and science education, in Sitka, AK. “Got into ocean sculling recently, which doesn’t induce seasickness in me, the record holder for throwing up on the Westward!” W-97 Teresa Weronko reports: “Still practicing veterinary medicine, spent the last three years teaching at Roos School of Vet Med in the Caribbean and now moving back to Seattle and will be spending the next few years doing more sailing, horseback riding, and international travel for my volunteer vet med work and writing.” C-107 Carrie McCusker writes: “Still living on the coast of Maine and embracing the ocean. We surf, boat, swim and enjoy as much as possible. I feel that programs like SEA are more important than ever in educating the next generation.”

1990s W-111 Heather Kaese reports: “Made a big move to Melbourne, Australia in May. We are loving life here and welcome visitors!” W-113 Drusilla Clarke writes: “Although I retired early, the course ‘Oceanology’ I began at Manhattan High School in 1976 is still sailing along! Its curriculum was augmented by inclusion of a plankton lab with specimens I collected on the Westward.

Thanks to the crew and staff for a memorable cruise. Saw the Baltic Sea a few weeks ago – Navy ships in Tallinn!” C-115 Jocelyn Stamat writes: “My husband, Terry Rossio, and I are enjoying our three-year-old twin boys, Julian and Paul. They were born three minutes apart, but in different months! Living in Los Angeles, I sold my medical practice to write and direct films. I hope everyone is well. I think back on our times aboard the Cramer often, and with much fondness.” C-116 Amy Bonsall Harry writes: “Just over a year ago, we moved from Massachusetts to Minnesota. It was a great move for our family – we are enjoying exploring the Midwest and meeting so many new friends. I do miss being close to the ocean but we are in the land of 10,000 lakes and they are everywhere!” C-119 Nicholas Testa is an ER doctor at LA County Hospital and chief medical officer for Dignity Health Southern California. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mariko, and two daughters, Kira and Mika. C-122 Kathleen Tynan published a new book, How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster. W-126 Kimberly Howland writes: “I recently gave up the corporate rat race and moved up to Tahoe full time. I joined a start-up focused on improving data quality in healthcare and also focus on fitting in some skiing every day!” C-126 David Warren reports: “We took the kids out of school and sailed the length of the Antilles at the start of 2017.” C-129 Christian Cox and his family visited SEA classmate Jamie Verdi at his home in Rhode Island. “It was fantastic to have all our kids meet, 25 years after we were roommates in Deneb House in Woods Hole.”

W-129 David Zappulla reports: “We just moved from Baltimore City where I was at Johns Hopkins to Coopersburg, PA where I am now continuing my biology research at Lehigh University.” W-129 P. Randall Leiser writes: “Still enjoying sailing with my wife, Sheri, and kids Paul, Dan, and Grace. Would love to hear from any W-129 or C-129 shipmates!” C-135 Eric Siegel writes: “My family and I sailed across the Atlantic on our boat from the UK to the Caribbean. We conducted some ocean science projects on the passage and deployed a few ocean drifter buoys. We tracked these buoys across the Atlantic and wrote an article about the experience and their drift patterns for Cruising World.” C-137 Lindsay O’Nell Ernst says she looks forward to joining an alumni sail one of these days. W-140A Peter Bertash is retired and volunteering at Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium as a bilingual docent. W-141 Lev Schachter worked as a deckhand and third mate at SEA. He recently found old 16mm film he shot as a deckhand on C-145 in Bermuda and is digitizing it. Appearing in the film are “Flip” Lund and Terry Hayward. C-145 Scott Boughton joined the Army, where he became a medical helicopter pilot. C-146B Lindsey Peavey Reeves writes: “I got my masters from Duke University in 2010, and my PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 and am now an ecologist with the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Barbara, CA. I got married to Brett Reeves in Nov 2017. I have been discussing a SEA happy hour in Santa Barbara with

Ashley Bronzan C-139A & S-178), who is also a SEA alumna, and she and I paddle together for the Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club.” C-147 Gavin Lodge reports: “I’ll be in the upcoming Broadway musical Head Over Heels, and am still hustling my ‘baby gear for stylish dads’ start-up, ecknox.com.” C-147 Scott Zimmerman is CEO of Safe Quality Seafood Associates, a seafood quality and safety consulting firm in Miami, FL. Last year, he published his first book, A Compliance Guide for Selling Seafood in the US. C-148 Alicia Rabins lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two young children. She recently published her second book of poetry, Fruit Geode, and is touring the country giving readings. W-160 Sarah MacLeod reports: “I’m a Realtor in northwestern Vermont and loving it! The flexible schedule gives me more time to play outside and travel with my husband, our two boys, and our dog. I also get to work with amazing people. Get in touch with me to catch up, I’d love to hear from any of my classmates who I’ve lost touch with.” W-161 Melissa Solomon Darlington writes: “I work as an anesthesiologist and live in Peachtree City, GA. We have a 4-year-old daughter who loves the water and swims like a fish... maybe a future SEA student!” W-162 Hadley Owen writes: “I am still with NOAA Corps and just finished a 1-year certificate program in Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. I will be heading to NOAA Ship Rainier to work on hydrographic surveys as operations officer for the next 2 years.”

2000s C-168 Meg Parker reports that she and Matt welcomed their son, Paxton Blake Parker, into this world on July 12, 2018! C-171 Amy Villanueva writes: “Thanks to Justin Martinich for being such a consistent supporter of SEA and C-171 rep! Love to all my crewmates and landmates of cohort 171!” W-174 Christopher Acheson reports: “We welcomed our third child, Noah Acheson, into the world in October.” W-175 Sophie Walker writes: “I’ve been living in London since 2007 and just today received my UK citizenship (Brexit helped nudge me). I live with my German husband and our 10-month-old baby girl, Lavinia.” S-186 Sarah Ellingson reports: “Had a baby boy in Feb of this year – he is an outdoors kind of guy.” S-191 Noelle Short is in year two as superintendent of Long Lake Central Schools! S-194 Eula Kozma and her family reside in New London, NH. She is the development director for the Good Neighbor Health Clinics in White River Junction, VT and has hopes of getting down to Woods Hole soon! C-196 Allison Throop got married in October 2018! C-197 Katie (Oppenheimer) Berkey and husband Robert happily welcomed their second child, John Dalton Berkey (“Jack”), in December 2017. Following her maternity leave, Katie returned to Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., in Fort Myers, FL as a project manager and senior planner. C-201 Mackenzie Haberman writes: “After a number of years in the

maritime industry (mostly with SEA!), headed to medical school. Medical officer on the move!” S-202 Bonnie McGill writes: “I completed my PhD in agricultural ecosystem ecology at Michigan State University and am moving on to a postdoctoral conservation research fellowship at Kansas U, studying nitrate runoff from farms in Iowa, ultimately trying to reduce nitrate pollution and the size of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.” C-209 Kara and Mike Tillotson, who met while sailing on C-209, welcomed their first child in March 2018. Their son, Cole, is looking forward to his first sailing adventure! S-209 Brandon Kampschuur announces twin boys, Lukas and Kaleb! He says he hopes they can sail the Seamans in 20 years! C-216 Caroline Goddard reports: “I just graduated from the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies at the Maine College of Art (MECA), where I was studying documentary photography and filmmaking.” C-219 Heather McGee welcomed Elizabeth McGee, a new member of the SEA family, in January. C-222 Jeremy Tagliaferre and Carolyn Tarpey (C-222) were married in February 2019 in Seattle. They met in Woods Hole and sailed together aboard the Corwith Cramer as students in 2009.

2010s S-231 Morgan Golding writes: “From 2013 to 2017, I worked as a West Coast observer with Alaskan Observers on the commercial fishing fleet off Oregon. I still love coffee, craft beer, and art! I published my first coloring book in May 2017,

Adult Coloring Flowers and Bouquets. I’m working on my second, with an ocean theme. Otherwise, I’ve been in the fisheries industry for the last five years chugging away.” C-241 Emily Mamer writes: “After graduation I moved to the Midwest and became landlocked and worked for five years as an environmental educator, mostly teaching children about the prairie. But I am finally going back for my masters degree, for which I will be studying rivers and estuaries in British Columbia, particularly the Squamish and Lillooet. I’m excited to get back to doing some coastal work!” S-242 Anne West is in her first year of law school and says, “Wish me luck!” C-245 Alexa Nelson is still working part time with CMORE at the University of Hawaii and started a masters’ degree in education at UH. Her goal is to become a teacher, and she is working toward a career of inspiring and encouraging earth and ocean stewards. C-245 Reid Webb writes: “Working at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas as a research technician studying elasmobranchs, sharks, and rays. Our projects include population studies of rays and sharks, bull shark migration, elasmobranch genetics, and much more. The Cape Eleuthera Institute also works with corals, sea turtles, aquaponics, fisheries, and more. We have a close affiliation with the Cape Eleuthera Island School which hosts high school students for a semester abroad. I’ve been lucky enough to have been a teacher for them as well, teaching classes on elasmobranchs and pelagic ecology.”

S-247 Christina Morrisett reports that after a master’s program at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, she started a PhD program in watershed sciences at Utah State in the fall of 2018. C-250 Sarah Salem writes: “We have some exciting news: Brynner Batista and I married! In December 2017 we had the wedding celebration in Alexandria, Egypt. We met as students on C-250 and were in C watch together on board the Cramer.” C-253 Dane Rudy writes: “I recently graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and moved to Los Angeles. Over the summer I led a team through the National Science Foundation I-corps program. We identified a fantastic opportunity to commercialize technology created at Purdue and founded Leo Aerospace, prioritizing launches of microsatellites into space. Although our current focus is on the commercial satellite industry, we are also looking to partner with scientists and enable research missions. Please reach out with any questions or comments!” S-258 Sophie Davis is in a Fulbright fellowship in Apia, Samoa, working and performing with the Samoan National Orchestra and researching ways to link environmental awareness with music. C-262 Josiah Reed was selected to attend Officer Candidacy School for the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. S-262 Coleman Kline writes: “Boy, do I miss the Bobby C, and the Sawmill, Keigh, NZ. Thank you, SEA, and much love!”

C-246 Hannah Stafford recently finished her academic program to become a physician’s assistant. She’s now living in Europe.


WELCOME SHIPMATES! Sophia Walker, W-175: Lavinia Domke born February 18, 2018

Marjorie Parker, C-168: Paxton Parker born July 12, 2018

Kara and Mike Tillotson, both C-209: Cole Tillotson born March 18, 2018

Katharine Enos, SEA Dean of Admissions: Lucy Enos born October 5, 2018

Lauren Gilbert, S-190, and Stephen Ruane, S-178: George Ruane born May 29, 2018

Christopher Acheson, W-174: Noah Acheson born October 19, 2018

Rowan Watson, S-183: MacArthur Watson born July 1, 2018

Brendan Kampschuur, S-209: twins Kaleb and Lukas Kampschuur born fall 2018

Juliana Fischler, W-178: Dillon Fischler born July 4, 2018

Benjamin Eriksen Carey, W-125: Haven Carey born November 1, 2018

EIGHT BELLS Heather McGee and Nicholas Iannacone, both C-219: Elizabeth Iannacone born January 22, 2019 Jonathan Cedar, W-179: Jasper Cedar born February 8, 2019 Rebecca Slattery, S-242, and Lydia Mathewson, C-231: Arbor Mathewson Slattery born February 11, 2019

George Abbot Kenneth Allen F.T. Bronzan Brendan Brown-McCue John Burns, W-64 Stanley Corwin Ariana Fairbanks Ralph Forbes Lewayne Gilchrist Virginia Gray Roger Keilig James Humphreys Harold Lenfest Dorothy McAuliffe Robert McWethy John Ross Julia Santen, C-161 Richard Southgate

Marion Valpey, W-41 Richard Wheeler Sears Winslow Sandra Wolman


SEA is accepting preliminary proposals for the 2020 Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship. SEA alumni, faculty, crew, staff, and past employees are eligible for this fellowship, which funds research projects that involve any marine or maritime field that is not directly related to the applicant’s current professional activities. Successful projects should reflect a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge.


Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000. To request information please contact elsaesser@sea.edu

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE In two years, Sea Education Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary – 50 years of relentless pursuit of our mission to create ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders. From the Westward to the Seamans, from the North Atlantic to New Zealand, SEA students, faculty, and staff have stood countless watches, set sails, enjoyed field days, hauled in Neuston nets, and swapped SEA stories. As SEA looks to the next 50 years, our trustees and overseers have enthusiastically charged Peg Brandon and

her team to lay the groundwork for a transformative capital campaign. It’s still early in the process, but we can report that “Launching Leaders: The Campaign for SEA” is already having a powerful impact on ship operations and maintenance, scholarships, faculty, and our Annual Fund. With more groundwork to be done, SEA alumni, parent, and friends can be assured that this critical effort to secure SEA’s future is being propelled by a following sea that will bring good news in the coming months.


Pen Hallowell, SEASCape: SEA Science on the Cape, 2015 (right), on alumni sail, C-283A, January 2019.

“Sea Education Association gave my son the opportunity to test his college academic path out during his sophomore high school summer, which then enabled him to pursue the next steps to be able to study in a leading college with strong programs in the sciences and marine studies. SEA helped support his application every step of the way and followed up with summer jobs, career networking, and availability from there on. He continues to sail and learn with SEA on college breaks. The world of environmental science and ocean studies is a small but necessary group for our planet’s future. So anything Sea Education Association can do to help prepare the next generation is a priority for our family.” The Hallowell Family

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