PACIFIC REEF EXPEDITION Polynesia
Coral reefs support some of the richest diversity of species on the planet, and yet they are now threatened by climate change and other human impacts. After completing initial coursework online, you’ll join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Tahiti to set sail on an epic 2,600-nautical mile passage
across the Equator to Hawaii.
You’ll retrace historic voyages of Polynesian migration, using navigation methods that rely on the sun, stars, and moon, to visit three distinct island atolls: Caroline Island, Rangiroa, and Kiritimati. There you’ll conduct snorkel-based photographic and visual surveys of the local corals, fish, and invertebrates to document the effects of environmental change. This program is for any student interested in exploring the changing Pacific Ocean environment through hands-on research and leadership experience at sea, and is a rare opportunity to contribute to a growing body of knowledge about the health of remote coral reefs.
El Niño’s Impacts on Phosphate, Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Distributions in Equatorial Pacific Waters Philip Swanson (Oberlin College, Biology/Geology) Water Quality Comparison Among Three Coral Reef Ecosystems in the Central Pacific Ocean Kylie Bold (Eckerd College, Marine Science), Siobhan Laughy (University of New England, Marine Estuarine and Freshwater Biology), Maya Ludtke (Wellesley College, Environmental Studies), Katharine Troth (Longwood University, Integrated Environmental Sciences), Sam Wall (Rollins College, Marine Biology)
The closeness I feel to all of my classmates isn’t something that’s easy to feel in a regular academic setting. While it can be really tough work sometimes to push yourself out of your comfort zone, I’m finding that more often than not, you’ll find yourself somewhere incredibly rewarding.” ALEX AHLQUIST, University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, Natural Resources Major
| 22 Photo: Dr. Rob Dunbar, Stanford@SEA