Environmental Studies in Woods Hole & at Sea
Adventure with a purpose.
ADVENTURER. SCHOLAR. OCEAN ENTHUSIAST.
You have a passion for the environment. You’re ready to gain hands-on experience. You want to influence change. You’re looking for a challenge.
EDUCATORS. LEADERS. OCEAN STEWARDS.
SEA Semester is the leading off-campus environmental studies program focused on the oceans. Since 1971, we have educated more than 8,000 undergraduates on shore in Woods Hole and aboard our sailing research vessels at sea. We develop ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders: people who are passionate about making a difference. We are dedicated to empowering students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor, and personal growth.
MAKE AN IMPACT WITH YOUR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE.
Set sail with SEA Semester. ADVENTURE WITH A PURPOSE. We will go from classmates to shipmates, form a tight-knit crew, and cross oceans to engage with the critical environmental issues of our time.
Photo: Camrin Braun
ADVENTURE WITH A PURPOSE
WHY SEA SEMESTER?
The global ocean covers nearly three-quarters of Earth, yet 90% is largely unexplored. It provides half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, regulates
these issues from a variety of disciplines including
Caribbean, or Pacific, some students sail thousands
science, history, culture studies, and policy.
of miles across the open ocean for a truly blue-water experience. Others investigate a smaller area of the
If you’re looking to make a difference with your study
marine environment more closely, engaging with
abroad experience, SEA Semester may be for you.
coastal communities through a variety of port stops. Regardless of the program, all students become
the planet’s climate, and delivers food security for the world’s population. However, multiple threats
WHAT WE DO
integral members of the ship’s company at sea, fully participating in the scientific mission and sailing
jeopardize its health and sustainability. SEA Semester is the sailing adventure of a lifetime We all depend upon the ocean. The future of the
grounded in academic coursework. Our programs
ocean depends upon you.
welcome students of all majors to combine classroom learning on shore in Woods Hole with a transformative hands-on experience at sea.
operations of the vessel.
SET SAIL FOR YOUR FUTURE
No previous sailing experience is required. Guided
At the beginning of every program, up to 25
by SEA faculty and professional crew, students are
Sea Education Association (SEA) is an interna-
undergraduates from all over the U.S. (and often, the
exposed to every aspect of shipboard life: from using
tionally recognized pioneer in undergraduate ocean
world) come together on SEA’s residential campus
celestial navigation, to collecting and processing
education. Since 1971, we have educated over 8,000
on scenic Cape Cod in Southeastern Massachusetts.
oceanographic samples, to helping prepare meals
ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders.
Students begin their academic studies in Woods
in the galley. During your time at sea, a phased
Hole, a small seaside village that has become a
leadership approach allows you to assume the
world-renowned hub of oceanographic research and
majority of shipboard responsibilities under the
discovery. The coursework and time on shore vary
watchful eye of the crew. The confidence, skills, and
by program, but the ultimate goal remains the same:
teamwork that are developed at sea will serve you
to prepare you personally and intellectually for the
well throughout your life.
Our SEA Semester programs are multidisciplinary learning communities that address the critical environmental issues of our time: • • • • •
Climate change Sustainability Biodiversity Human impacts on the environment Environmental justice
second half of your experience at sea.
When you step off the ship, you’ll take away with
After forming a living and learning community in
you academic credits, newfound knowledge about
Woods Hole, you will join one of our two tall ship
yourself and the world, and a sense of direction that
oceanographic research vessels to put classroom
will carry you through to your next journey, no matter
Acknowledging that human actions underlie environ-
theory into real-world practice. Embarking on
what it may be.
mental change, SEA Semester programs approach
an academic research expedition in the Atlantic,
THE SEA MISSION SEA is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience â€“ at sea aboard tall ships and on shore.
FAST FACTS TRANSFERABLE ACADEMIC CREDIT from Boston University
SUMMER AND SEMESTER PROGRAMS addressing a variety of topics
Based in the oceanographic research community of WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS
SHORE COMPONENT + SAILING RESEARCH VOYAGE
All students are ACTIVE CREWMEMBERS, participating in the science & deck operations at sea
Two U.S. flagged, custom designed & built SAILING RESEARCH VESSELS
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE
BUILDING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS
Aquarium, Smithsonian Institution, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Woods Hole
At SEA, we are invested in our studentsâ€™ futures and
in their success. SEA Semester programs develop
TOP ALUMNI PROFESSIONS
lifelong skills in leadership, teamwork, communi-
Many are also now scholars and faculty members
cation, and critical thinking: all of which will serve
who teach environment related courses at
students well no matter what career path they
institutions including Boston University, Colby
choose. In fact, 92% of our alumni report that SEA
College, Columbia University, Cornell University,
Semester provided them with skills that have proven
Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Smith College, and
useful in their careers today.
As reported in a 2016 alumni survey
Environmentalist CREATING OCEAN SCHOLARS, STEWARDS & LEADERS
OUR ALUMNI NETWORK
Government Official Healthcare Professional
More than three-quarters of our alumni report
The unique experience SEA Semester offers has
that SEA Semester increased their passion for
created a strong, active, and supportive alumni
ocean stewardship. Many of them have brought
community. Always eager to help, our former
their experience into careers at major organi-
students have proven to be an invaluable resource
Nonprofit Advocacy Professional
zations supporting ocean conservation, including
for personal and professional networking, and for
Conservation International, Conservation Law
employment opportunities in all career fields.
Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Marine Biological Laboratory, National Marine
SEA Semester students go on to a wide variety of
Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
careers and post-graduate pursuits.
Administration, The Nature Conservancy, National & Massachusetts Audubon Societies, New England
Read about them at www.sea.edu/alumni.
THE POWER OF A SEA SEMESTER is in the program’s ability to foster the qualities that lead to success. To be a good shipmate one must be accountable, dependable, courteous, observant, and selfless. Those same qualities
are exemplified by successful CEOs, teachers, police officers, and entrepreneurs. SEA Semester lays a foundation that leads to a lifetime of opportunity. - Craig William Smith McMaster, R.N. (SEA Semester 2007)
Photo: © Stanford University/ Gaelin Rosenwaks
DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT…
Dr. Barbara Block,
Dr. Amy Bower, Senior
David O. Brown,
Jonathan Cedar, CEO
Prothro Professor of
Scientist, Woods Hole
and Co-Founder, BioLite
(SEA Semester 2002)
(SEA Semester 2011)
Hopkins Marine Station,
(SEA Semester 1979)
(SEA Semester 1983)
Joshua Maxwell is
Dr. Amy Bower’s
David O. Brown works
co-founded BioLite in
a multi-media artist
(SEA Semester 1979)
worldwide as a producer,
2009 in an effort to
focused on producing
Dr. Barbara Block’s
centers on deep ocean
address energy poverty.
bodies of work that
research is focused on
currents. Legally blind
rapher, and lecturer. His
educate the public
how large pelagic fishes
since her mid-20s, she
work has appeared on
utilize the open ocean
uses adaptive technology
NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN,
interactions and the
environment. She has
and has become an
The Discovery Channel,
implications of cultural
advocate for the visually
The New York Times,
technologies that power
impacts. He currently
accolades including the
impaired. In 2015, her
and National Geographic
works as an Interpretive
team, “Wind Whisperers,”
around the world with
Experiences Designer for
“Genius” Award (1996)
won the World Blind
clean and affordable
and the Peter Benchley
Sailing Championship in
Ocean Award for
Excellence in Science (2016).
The interpersonal and team building skills developed in navigating a tall ship to its destination have seamlessly translated to the business and legal world. - Morgan Nickerson, Partner, K&L Gates LLP (SEA Semester 2000) SEA Semester has helped me stand out among an increasingly diverse and qualified pool of workers. - Hadley Owen, Commissioned Officer Corps, NOAA (SEA Semester 1999) Confidence, teamwork, and the importance of clear communication and leadership that I learned and practiced at SEA Semester have been very important in my job as a family physician. - Jessica Webster Macrie, Family Physician, Stillwater Medical Group (SEA Semester 1997)
TOPICS BY PROGRAM
Co lo ni za tio n to M ar Co in ns e er B va io di tio C v n ar er in ib si ty th be e & an C C ar R o ib ee O ns be ce er fE an an va xp tio Ex ed n pl iti or on Th at e io G n lo ba lO ce Pr an ot ec tin g Su th st e ai Ph Is na la oe b nd il ni i x C ty ul in Is O la tu ce P nd r o es ly an s ne s & & Ec si C os an lim ys at te e m s
SEA SEMESTER PROGRAMS
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/ SCIENCE
DE ST IN AT ION S
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
Protecting the Phoenix Islands
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
The Global Ocean Ocean Exploration Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
The Global Ocean
Caribbean Reef Expedition
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
The Global Ocean
Oceans & Climate
COLONIZATION TO CONSERVATION IN THE CARIBBEAN Spring 2017 • Spring 2018
SEA Semester students move beyond the beach resorts highlighted in tourist brochures to experience many varied aspects of the Caribbean—a blend of African, colonial European, and indigenous
cultures with a unique economic, political, and social heritage.
The Caribbean has experienced one of the greatest environmental and human transformations of all time. The conquest by Europeans, exploitation of natural resources, and development of slave plantation systems left a very visible legacy. Despite this, the Caribbean today
Anthropology and Bush Tea: A Holistic Approach to the Conservation of Traditional Medicine in the Caribbean
is made up of resilient and hopeful communities striving toward responsible economic growth, social justice, and sustainability. Students will study first-hand historical accounts, confer with local experts, and participate in collaborative coral reef surveys. They’ll also make their own field observations during several multi-day port stops, and conduct research projects on a broad range of topics, such as fisheries management and coral reef biodiversity. Students will process and reflect upon their individual experiences through ongoing illustrated field journals.
Environmental Health Concerns Derived from Waste Management in Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles Long Term Effects of Introduced Species in the Caribbean Artificial Coral Reefs: Cost Benefit Analysis for the Environment and Tourism
THE VOYAGE I TOOK WITH THIS PROGRAM was not easy, but it taught me things about myself I never knew. Now, whenever I struggle with something, I think back to my days on Cramer and know that I will be able to accomplish it. I will be able to accomplish anything I put my mind to. — Mary Burkett, Juniata College, Environmental & Marine Science Major
ANTHROPOLOGY CLIMATE CHANGE CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Conduct snorkel-based reef surveys • Visit a variety of off-the-beaten-path islands, including Cuba • Analyze cultural connections to the environment • Compare and contrast multiple colonial legacies
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester is appropriate for students in any major who wish to understand the legacies of colonization alongside the modern issues of environmental change and sustainability in small nations and territories.
COURSES & CREDIT Maritime History & Culture (300-level, 4 cr.) Marine Environmental History (300-level, 4 cr.) Maritime Studies (200-level, 3 cr.) Nautical Science (200-level, 3 cr.) Oceanography (200-level, 3 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean carries 17 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
Spring 2016 voyage
MARINE BIODIVERSITY & CONSERVATION Spring 2017 • Spring 2018
Marine biodiversity has the potential to transform medicine, industry, environmental remediation, and energy production, but is threatened by pollution, habitat destruction, fishing, and climate change. The
Sargasso Sea ecosystem, at the center of the North Atlantic gyre, is
an area of particular importance. Original research by SEA Semester students has directly contributed to international efforts to conserve the region. Students will continue that research, conducting a hands-on assessment of marine biodiversity. The program culminates with a one-day final symposium where students will share their research and protection strategies with marine conservation science and policy experts. Beyond gaining knowledge and practical skills in conservation science and policy, students will be introduced to the career paths available in ocean stewardship, from research science to conservation law to public outreach, and begin to form professional relationships with potential internship mentors, graduate school advisors, employers, and colleagues.
A Genetic and Morphological Analysis of Atlantic Sargassum Zoogeography of Floating Sargassum in the Caribbean Investigating Sargassum’s Distribution Pattern: A Pelagic Seaweed’s Relation to Plastic and Epifauna in the North Atlantic The Role of Sargassum fluitans and S. natans in the Ontogeny of Anguillid Leptocephali in the Sargasso Sea Camouflage in Sargassum Habitat Choice in Sargassum Shrimp and Crabs in the Caribbean Sea
SHIP’S LOG: APRIL 27, 2016 27° 23’N X 065° 31’ W During the early afternoon, we spotted an enormous bundle of abandoned fishing nets, lines, and traps. Due to the fact that the Sargasso Sea is nutrient poor, any sort of structure often serves as an oasis of life in the open ocean. This is part of the reason why Sargassum is so important to the Sargasso Sea. It offers a vital habitat for a large and diverse group of different species. We hauled the plastic mass into the raft and lifted it into Cramer. We were stunned at the variety of organisms we found. — Andrew Corso, College of William & Mary, Biology Major
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
• Acquire DNA extraction and sequencing techniques • Present at a final professional symposium • Use GIS to inform conservation efforts • Conduct marine spatial planning
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester attracts upper-level science students interested in complementing marine science research with the wisdom, concepts, and skills necessary to effectively operate within the world of public policy. To be eligible, students must have taken at least three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or received permission from SEA faculty.
COURSES & CREDIT Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography: Biodiversity (400-level, 4 cr.) Ocean Science & Public Policy (300-level, 3 cr.) Nautical Science (200-level, 3 cr.) Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.) Advanced Ocean Policy Research (400-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation carries 18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, 2014 Symposium
CARIBBEAN » NORTH ATLANTIC
CARIBBEAN REEF EXPEDITION Fall 2017
Thriving, successful island communities depend on healthy oceans – and healthy coral reefs. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Caribbean. Throughout history, reefs and their linked ecosystems have protected islands and provided food for growing human populations. Today, they also attract tourists and drive economic development. But coral reefs face many threats, including overfishing, reduced water quality, and rising temperatures and lower pH caused by climate change. Effective solutions require an understanding of the economic, political, and cultural landscape, as well as ocean and climate science.
RECENT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS Changing Perspectives on Marine Conservation in the Caribbean Environmental Effects of Tourism on the Islands of the Caribbean
Through fieldwork in Woods Hole and the Virgin Islands followed by a research voyage at sea, students will study tropical marine ecosystems, their diverse marine life inhabitants, and the impact of
Reef Development as an Indication of the Geologic Age of Islands
human actions upon them. Through this lens, students will examine how local, academic, governmental, and international organizations and businesses
Coral Color: Studying the Correlation Between Light Intensity and Coral Pigmentation Efforts to Combat Factors Threatening Sea Turtles in the Caribbean
are working together to conserve and sustainably manage Caribbean coral reef ecosystems.
SHIP’S LOG: MARCH 22, 2016 17° 30’N X 071° 31’W I have learned so much on this trip… not simply oceanography, nautical science, maritime studies and such, but about myself and my shipmates. Dynamics have changed from Woods Hole to the ship, and as my watch leader, Rocky, said: “The ship brings out the best in people.” — Tess Saburn, Saint Michael’s College, Environmental Studies Major
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Develop and refine snorkel-based reef survey techniques • Conduct research at a field station in the Virgin Islands • Contribute to marine conservation policy efforts • Assess effectiveness of reef management strategies
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and/or marine ecosystems. Students will approach solutions to effective reef management in the context of history, policy, and science. We welcome students of all majors to apply.
COURSES & CREDIT The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 cr.) Marine Environmental History (300-level, 4 cr.) Ocean Science & Public Policy (300-level, 3 cr.) Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 cr.) Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.) - OR - Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition carries 18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
BIODIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY
OCEAN EXPLORATION Spring 2017 • Fall 2017
This interdisciplinary program combines insights from the natural and social sciences in order to deepen students’ awareness of and appreciation for the ocean. By engaging in hands-on research from the platform of a tall ship, students will come face to face with some of the most pressing global questions related to the ocean environment. On shore in Woods Hole, a variety of coursework will prepare students for their voyage. They will design original oceanographic research projects to be conducted in the field. They will learn the practical skills necessary to safely operate a tall ship at sea. They will also explore the historical context of humanity’s relationship with the ocean. While at sea, students will develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and research, all while making a long sailing passage through the Atlantic or Pacific.
RECENT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS Antarctic Intermediate Water in the Sargasso Sea and the Rhythm of the North Atlantic Oscillation Methods for Determining the Concentration of Monofilament Line Fragments in the Surface Waters of the North Atlantic and the Potential Impacts on Zooplankton Zoogeography of Myctophids in the Southern Sargasso Sea and the Caribbean Phytoplankton Community Composition in South Pacific Water Masses Nutrient Dynamics and the Shifting Subtropical Convergence Zone
BOTH THE SHIP AND THE SURROUNDING SEAS proved a source of infinite information and inspiration. I could hardly imagine a better classroom. — Chris Klein, Colorado College, English Major
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE HUMANITIES LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans • Make a long, blue-water sailing passage • Take your learning out of the classroom and into the field • Develop new skills in leadership, teamwork, and research
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester attracts students from all majors who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of our world’s oceans. Also open to gap and winter start students.
Oceanography (200-level, 3 cr.) Maritime Studies (200-level, 3 cr.) Nautical Science (200-level, 3 cr.) Oceanographic Field Methods (200-level, 4 cr.) Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.) - OR - Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration carries 17 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
Photo: Solvin Zankl Photography
CARIBBEAN » NORTH ATLANTIC
COURSES & CREDIT
NEW ZEALAND » POLYNESIA
SEA IS THE MOST WORTHWHILE STUDY ABROAD experience: hands-on science, intense teamwork and collaboration, and a unique experience. I can go to Prague or Australia or London at some other point, but sailing across the ocean - that was a once in a lifetime experience. — Gigi Engel, Vassar College, Biology Major
THE GLOBAL OCEAN Spring 2017 • Fall 2017 • Spring 2018
Human impact on the oceans is one of the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st century, affecting human health, global economic systems, and local cultural practices. Many coastal communities are already struggling to cope with sea level rise, depleted fisheries, loss of habitat, and increased catastrophic storm effects. Understanding these issues requires a multidisciplinary approach to examine not just how natural systems work, but the histories, cultures, and policies of people who live on coasts and islands. Our laboratory is New Zealand, whose innovative policy and conservation efforts at times compete with other imperatives. New Zealand’s marine ecosystems range from subtropical to subantarctic, deep trenches to shallow banks, and coastal mangrove forests to coral reefs. Students will explore the unique environmental and complex cultural influences that have
RECENT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS Examining the Problems with Marine Area Management in New Zealand The Spatial Distribution of Micro- and Macroplastics in New Zealand Waters Maori Cultures in New Zealand Ports: Imperial Reign and the Succession of Traditions Shed 10: Demonstrating a Changing Waterfront
shaped these islands. They will also visit marine and coastal protected areas and various ports of call to examine the relationship between New Zealanders and their ocean environment.
Maori Headhunting: The Reclamation of the Ta Moko Culture
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Explore relationships between people and their ocean/coastal environment • Choose electives to tailor coursework • Engage in place-based curriculum
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester welcomes students from all majors. A flexible curriculum allows students to choose the program track that best meets their academic needs.
COURSES & CREDIT Core Courses (Required) Maritime History & Culture (300-level, 4 cr.) The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 cr.) Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 cr.) Electives (Choose Two) Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 cr.) Data Communication & Visualization (300-level, 3 cr.) Cultural Landscapes & Seascapes: A Sense of Place (300-level, 3 cr.) Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.) - OR - Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: The Global Ocean carries 17-18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
ANTHROPOLOGY CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY
PROTECTING THE PHOENIX ISLANDS Summer 2017
Sail throughout the last coral wilderness on Earth in order to preserve its future. A joint effort with the New England Aquarium, this program invites students to explore the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
(PIPA), a tropical ocean expanse of diverse deep-ocean ecosystems
dotted by eight spectacular coral islands. Students will join experts from SEA, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the New England Aquarium to conduct research that will assist in the development of an effective conservation plan for the region. Beginning with a three-week shore component in Woods Hole, students will use PIPA as a case study to develop their own research projects in either ocean science or conservation policy. They will then join the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a five-week research voyage throughout the archipelago. Students will work side by side with experts to collect samples from the marine environment and visit the region’s islands and pristine coral reefs. By providing real-time data, student projects will ultimately compose a picture of the state of the ocean for the benefit of the PIPA management office in Kiribati.
Freshwater Resources in the Island Nation of Kiribati: Effects of Overpopulation, Subsequent Health Implications, and Management Options Sovereignty in Kiribati: The State of the Kiribati Islands and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Face of Climate Change An Assessment of the Western Pacific Fisheries Management: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement Licensing Structure Biosecurity Implementation and Policy Recommendations for the Phoenix Island Protected Area Increasing Water Resources and Environmental Stewardship as Climate Change Resilience Policy
SHIP’S LOG: MAY 1, 2016 20° 00.5’S X 149° 38’W … there is no color of ink, paint, pigment or anything else of the sort which could capture the color of the South Pacific. — Madelyn Cook, Kenyon College, Chemistry Major
BIODIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Examine impacts of El Niño • Contribute data to inform marine conservation policy • Study oceanography of tropical oceans • Collect baseline data to assess impacts of climate change
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This program is ideal for upper-level students with an interest in conservation policy and/or marine science. Students may choose a policy or science track, offering flexibility in project topics and transfer credit. All majors welcome.
COURSES & CREDIT The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 cr.) Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 cr.) Advanced Ocean Policy Research (400-level, 4 cr.) - OR - Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Protecting the Phoenix Islands carries 11 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
New Perspectives, Phoenix Islands
SUSTAINABILITY IN POLYNESIAN ISLAND CULTURES & ECOSYSTEMS Fall 2017
The remote coral reefs, fisheries, and tropical forests of the South Pacific are oases of biological diversity, and their human inhabitants possess an equally rich diversity of histories, languages, and social practices.
Western influences have greatly impacted the self-sustaining practices
of these indigenous Pacific Island societies, and undermined the close connection between the island cultures and their environment. During this semester, students will confront challenging questions of colonial conflict, cultural identity, and environmental justice in order to examine what the future holds for these islands. They will begin with an interdisciplinary, multidimensional approach by examining the history, culture, and geography of the region. They will
Intersections of Traditional and Contemporary Pacific Medicine Fa’afafine Experiences of Social Recognition and Inclusion in Samoa, American Samoa, and New Zealand
then set sail on a research voyage to visit multiple island sites, meeting with local officials and stakeholders to develop a deeper understanding of the complex factors
The Sustainability of Inshore Commercial Fisheries in Samoa and Fiji
that threaten both their environmental and cultural sustainability. The program concludes with a shore component in New Zealand where students will process and present their research findings.
Sports as Cultural Preservation for the Polynesian People Blending New Technology and Social Cohesion in Samoa
SHIP’S LOG: OCT. 20, 2015 18° 07’S X 178° 25’E Many of us are realizing that no matter how much material we gather, we are simply scratching the surface of all the secrets these islands have to share with us. This experience has only begun to open our eyes to all the culture and ecosystems that live thousands of miles from us. — Rebeca Murillo, Boston University, Marine Science Major
ANTHROPOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE HUMANITIES INTERNATIONAL STUDIES LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • Share experiences through digital storytelling • Participate in collaborative stakeholder engagement • Explore Pacific island environments including Tonga & Fiji • Conduct on-site anthropological research
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester is particularly appropriate for Environmental Studies/Science majors, but students from any major are encouraged to apply.
COURSES & CREDIT Maritime History & Culture (300-level, 4 cr.) Marine Environmental History (300-level, 4 cr.) Maritime Studies (200-level, 3 cr.) Nautical Science (200-level, 3 cr.) Oceanography (200-level, 3 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems carries 17 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program. Access the student-generated program atlas: www.sea.edu/spice_atlas
OCEANS & CLIMATE Spring 2018
Understanding climate change and its impacts is the predominant scientific challenge of today; the timely application of this knowledge to public policy is crucial to our planet’s future. This intensive semester invites upper-level science students to develop
their understanding of the ocean’s role in climate dynamics while
working at the research forefront in under-examined areas of the open sea. Integrating inquiry, analysis and communication, students will shape regional policy recommendations, leveraging existing climate response strategies while experiencing various roles integral to stewarding our increasingly complex global environment. On this exciting voyage, one of SEA’s longest sailing passages, students will conduct baseline climate research on the rarely studied subantarctic and subtropical waters of
The El Niño Effect: Examining Past Records From the Perspective of the Deep Chlorophyll Maximum Spatial and Temporal Comparisons of CO2 Sequestration and Flux in the Subtropical and Equatorial Pacific
the remote South Pacific. At island stops, they will investigate local responses to climate adaptation and sustainability questions raised during the shore component. Students will present their scientific findings and policy proposals during a second shore component in Tahiti.
The Impacts of Ocean Acidification on the Geographic Distribution, Abundance, Species Composition, and Species Diversity of Thecosome Pteropods in the East Pacific Distribution and Transport of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon (DIC) in the Antarctic Intermediate Water and the Sub-Antarctic Mode Water in the South Pacific Ocean
SEA TAUGHT ME TO CONSIDER the world differently, to understand how human action has consequences - even in the middle of the ocean - and how we are responsible for the future of our planet. — Susan Swartz Perelman, Brown University, Fine Arts/Natural Sciences Major
CLIMATE CHANGE CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCE LEADERSHIP MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS • • • •
Conduct baseline climate research Examine regional and international policy efforts Make a long, blue-water sailing passage Conclude with a second shore component in Tahiti
WHO SHOULD APPLY? This semester is a good fit for upper-level science students who are concerned about environmental change and interested in developing a better understanding of public policy. To be eligible, students must have taken at least three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or received permission from SEA faculty.
COURSES & CREDIT Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle (300-level, 4 cr.) Ocean Science & Public Policy (300-level, 3 cr.) Nautical Science (200-level, 3 cr.) Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods (300-level, 4 cr.) Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 cr.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT SEA Semester: Oceans & Climate carries 18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
NEW ZEALAND » POLYNESIA
AUTHENTIC RESEARCH AT SEA
and have presented at nationally and internationally recognized conferences.
From the North Atlantic to remote Pacific atolls, SEA Semester students adventure with a purpose. That
Institutional and faculty funding from NSF, NOAA,
purpose, of course, is to learn â€“ both in the classroom
and NASA supports acquisition of sophisticated
and through active field research. In the process, our
oceanographic instrumentation and allows for
students gather valuable information and insight
an array of research projects. Whether gathering
related to the state of the ocean environment that can
data on marine plastic pollution, investigating the
be shared with others.
economics of coral reef ecosystems, or establishing baseline data on eels in the Sargasso Sea, SEA
Undergraduate research is therefore a cornerstone
Semester students contribute to a vital body of
of SEA Semester, with an emphasis on field-based
scientific knowledge. While aboard one of SEAâ€™s
study in marine and social sciences. By conducting
sailing research vessels, all students participate in
advanced research in natural science, social science,
collection of data that are regularly deposited in
public policy, or humanities, students gain skills
national oceanographic archives.
that allow them to meet the professional standard for disciplinary data collection, analysis, and
For more than 45 years, SEA Semester student
communication of results. Many students continue
research has advanced our understanding of the
their research upon return to their home institutions,
global ocean, and the people and cultures that
using the field data collected at SEA as the basis
depend upon it. View examples of student research
of capstone or senior thesis projects. Others have
co-authored publications in peer-reviewed literature
2016 AWARD HONOREE
In recognition of 45 years of undergraduate ocean education, the National Science Board presented SEA with its 2016 Public Service Award. The National Science Board is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy. This award honors organizations that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering. Past recipients include the American Museum of Natural History, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the PBS series NOVA. 2016 Public Service Award
OCEANOGRAPHY DR. DEB GOODWIN Assistant Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Oceanography) University of New Hampshire; MS (Biology) University of Washington; BA Carleton College. SEA Faculty appointed 2010. Research Areas & Interests: Marine plastic pollution; Sargassum macroalgae distribution and dynamics; applications of remote sensing and GIS. DR. BEN HARDEN Assistant Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Meteorology and Oceanography) University of East Anglia, UK; MSci/ BA (Natural Sciences) University of Cambridge, UK. SEA Faculty appointed 2015. Research Areas & Interests: Physical oceanography; meteorology; climate dynamics; air-sea interactions; radio storytelling. DR. KARA LAVENDER LAW Research Professor of Oceanography. PhD (Physical Oceanography) Scripps Institution of Oceanography/ UCSD; BS Duke University. SEA Faculty appointed 2003. Research Areas & Interests: The abundance, distribution, behavior, degradation and fate of plastic debris in the ocean.
DR. CHARLES E. LEA Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Biological Oceanography) Texas A&M University; BA University of Colorado at Boulder. SEA Faculty appointed 1985. Research Areas & Interests: Distribution of cephalopods; pelagic zoogeography. DR. AUDREY WRIGHT MEYER Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Earth Sciences) University of California, Santa Cruz; BS Stanford University. SEA Faculty appointed 1995. Research Areas & Interests: Marine geology; paleoclimatology; coastal evolution in response to natural and human-induced changes. DR. JEFF SCHELL Associate Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Aquatic Ecology) University of Wisconsin, Madison; MS (Marine Environmental Studies) State University of New York at Stony Brook; BS College of the Holy Cross. SEA Faculty appointed 2003. Research Areas & Interests: Ecology and conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems; the Sargasso Sea; environmental history; natural history illustration.
DR. JAN WITTING Professor, Oceanography. PhD (Marine Biology) Northeastern University; BS Northeastern University. SEA Faculty appointed 2001. Research Areas & Interests: Coral reef ecology; designing and constructing autonomous underwater vehicles.
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES ERIN J. BRYANT, ESQ. Assistant Professor, Ocean Policy. JD Roger Williams University School of Law; MMA University of Rhode Island; MEd Simmons College; BA Bryn Mawr College. SEA Faculty appointed 2012. Research Areas & Interests: Ocean resource management and valuation, coastal hazards mitigation, environmental justice, science communication.
DR. MARK H. LONG Associate Professor, History and Social Science. PhD (History) Loyola University, Chicago; BA Auburn University. SEA Faculty appointed 2015. Research Areas & Interests: The intersections between maritime, economic and environmental history and policy, especially focused on frontier and borderland areas. DR. CRAIG MARIN Assistant Professor, Maritime Studies. PhD (History) University of Pittsburgh; BA Carleton College. SEA Faculty appointed 2013. SEA Semester alumnus. Research Areas & Interests: Atlantic world rebels and revolutionaries; radicalization and mobility; sustainability in modern maritime settings. DR. JEFF WESCOTT Assistant Professor, Anthropology. PhD (Anthropology) University of California, San Diego; BA State University of New York, Buffalo. SEA Faculty appointed 2015. Research Areas & Interests: Political, ethical, and cognitive dimensions of human-environment interactions in island societies; social-ecological systems in ocean research and education. .
NAUTICAL SCIENCE CAPTAIN JAY AMSTER Assistant Professor, Nautical Science. BS/BA (Business Administration/Music), Northeastern University. SEA Faculty appointed 2016. Research Areas & Interests: Leadership training; group dynamics; cartography; celestial navigation. Licenses & Certifications: Master of Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels to 1600 Tons Upon Oceans, Wilderness First Responder; STCW Compliant. CAPTAIN PAMELA COUGHLIN Instructor, Nautical Science. Sailing with SEA since 2003; SEA Faculty appointed 2012. Research Areas & Interests: Navigation and way-finding; leadership; shipsâ€™ rigging; meteorology; wellness and emergency care. Licenses & Certifications: Master 1600 Tons of Steam, Motor, and Auxiliary Sail Vessels upon Oceans; Radar Observer (Unlimited); STCW Compliant. CAPTAIN CHRIS NOLAN Assistant Professor, Nautical Science. PSM (Fisheries & Wildlife Management) Oregon State University; BS U.S. Coast Guard Academy. SEA Faculty appointed 2015. Research Areas & Interests: Celestial navigation; fisheries management; organizational leadership. Licenses & Certifications: Master 500 Tons of Steam, Motor, and Auxiliary Sail upon Oceans; Radar Observer (Unlimited); STCW Compliant.
CAPTAIN JASON QUILTER Instructor, Nautical Science. Sailing with SEA since 2003; SEA Faculty appointed 2010. Research Areas & Interests: Naval architecture; shipsâ€™ stability; meteorology; marine engineering. Licenses & Certifications: Master 1600 Tons of Steam, Motor, and Auxiliary Sail Vessels upon Oceans; Radar Observer (Unlimited); STCW Compliant. CAPTAIN ELLIOT RAPPAPORT Associate Professor, Nautical Science. MS (Science Education) University of Maine; BA Oberlin College. SEA Faculty appointed 2002. SEA Semester alumnus. Research Areas & Interests: Weather; marine safety; leadership; wilderness medicine. Licenses & Certifications: Master 1600 Tons of Steam, Motor, and Auxiliary Sail Vessels upon Oceans; Radar Observer (Unlimited); STCW Compliant. Certified Wilderness EMT.
HEALTH & SAFETY AT SEA
RISK MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY
SEA is committed to the health and safety of
The foundation of a successful SEA Semester
our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize the
program begins with the medical screening and
significant responsibility for housing and educating
clearance process. All students are required to
students on our campus, aboard our ships, and in
undergo a thorough physical examination performed
port. While risk is inherent in every activity, it is the
by a licensed medical practitioner within three
management of that risk that is at the core of SEA’s
months of the start of the program. Additionally, we
ask that students disclose all medical information directly related to their ability to perform essential
While we take pride in our safety record, we
duties as required by our program structure at sea.
continuously and thoughtfully hone our safety policies, procedures, and practices to mitigate
We do this not to discourage applicants or limit
risk while successfully achieving programmatic
the number of students who can participate in SEA
goals. We regularly review personnel qualifications,
Semester, but rather to best enable our faculty and
provide training, and conduct drills in safety, risk
staff to provide an appropriate learning environment
management, and emergency response. We keep
both on shore and at sea. With adequate lead
apprised of the changing environments in which we
time, SEA can frequently facilitate appropriate
operate, and carefully maintain our equipment and
risk management for a wide variety of preexisting
facilities to meet or exceed industry standards.
medical conditions. We work with every student on an individual basis to assess whether his or her
Although SEA operates under a philosophy of risk
participation in an at-sea program can occur safely
prevention, we also prepare for and are capable of a
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SSV CORWITH CRAMER SPECIFICATIONS
SSV Robert C. Seamans
SAFETY AT SEA
SSV Corwith Cramer
The SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C.
Rig: Brigantine Displacement: 270 Tons Construction: Steel; built 1987 ASTACE Shipyard Bilbao, Spain Length Overall: 134 feet Length on Deck: 98 feet Draft: 12.5 feet Beam: 26 feet Sail Area: 7,500 Sq. Ft. Auxiliary Engine: 500 horsepower Cummins diesel Complement: 38 persons
SSV ROBERT C. SEAMANS SPECIFICATIONS
Seamans meet or exceed the safety requirements for Safety is among our highest priorities on every
their USCG and ABS class designations and possess
voyage, every day. SEA owns and operates the SSV
all required equipment for navigation and emergency
Corwith Cramer and the SSV Robert C. Seamans,
situation response. Both ships carry simple medical
both custom designed and uniquely built educational
kits and are assigned a designated medical officer.
platforms. Unlike some other programs that take
They also maintain 24-hour access to a network
students to sea, our ships are U.S. flagged, inspected,
of physicians specially trained to provide remote
and regulated vessels, and have been designed and
medical care & advice.
built specifically for SEA with student and crew safety foremost in mind.
SEA Semester cruise tracks are planned well in advance to optimize program objectives, and are
Rig: Brigantine Displacement: 350 Tons Construction: Steel; built 2001 J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding, Tacoma, WA Length Overall: 134.5 feet Length on Deck: 111.4 feet Draft: 13.9 feet Beam: 25.5 feet Sail Area: 8,554 Sq. Ft. Auxiliary Engine: 455 horsepower Caterpillar diesel Complement: 40 persons
Our ships are United States Coast Guard (USCG)
based on seasonal weather patterns, sea conditions,
certified and regularly inspected for ocean service. In
oceanographic research clearances, and port calls
addition, they are inspected by the American Bureau
visited. Our cruise track selection and timing reflects
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of Shipping and meet or exceed ABSâ€™ stringent
strict adherence to predictable heavy weather
machinery and hull safety standards. As Sailing
School Vessels (SSVs), our ships are required to meet safety standards different from those for passenger
For more information on our commitment
vessels on a comparable route.
to student health and safety, please visit www.sea.edu/safety.
ADMISSIONS, COSTS & FINANCIAL AID
APPLICATION DEADLINES Spring 2017: November 1, 2016 Summer 2017: February 15, 2017 Fall 2017: May 1, 2017 Spring 2018: November 1, 2017
WHEN TO APPLY
THE FIRST STEP
HOW TO APPLY
To learn which SEA Semester program is right
You should discuss your study abroad plans with
for you, contact your Admissions Counselor! SEA
your study abroad office and/or academic advisor
Semester Admissions Counselors work with all
to make sure you’re aware of any additional
applicants individually to assist them in completing
requirements and procedures.
the admissions process and facilitate the transfer of academic credit. They are also often able to
The following items are required in order to be
direct students to faculty or program alumni on
considered for admission:
their home campus for specific guidance. SEA Semester welcomes applications
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
as early as one year in advance of each program. Semester applications
SEA Semester welcomes applications from U.S.
are reviewed on a rolling basis until
students as well as from students enrolled in interna-
the program is full or the application
tional universities who are seeking a semester’s worth
deadline has passed. Summer
of undergraduate credit. Limited programs are open
application review begins on the
to gap year or winter start students.
application deadline. All application materials must be submitted in
Sea Education Association admits students of any
full by the posted deadline.
race, color, gender, orientation, and national or ethnic
origin to all programs and activities made available
to learn more.
to students at SEA. SEA does not discriminate on the
• SEA Semester online application • $45 application fee - waived for affiliates • Two-part original essay addressing your interest in and qualification for SEA Semester • Academic writing sample of your own choosing • Official college transcript (high school transcript also required for students not in junior standing) • Two academic references from undergraduate level instructors; at least one who has taught you within the past year • Interview with your Admissions Counselor, via phone/Skype or in person • Participation Approval Form completed by the appropriate authority on your campus
basis of race, color, gender, orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, or financial aid. | 30
Additional materials may be required for international or gap year applicants.
COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABILITY
SEA ALUMNI REFERRAL AWARDS
If you learned about SEA Semester from an alum of PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $7,500
One need-based Presidential Scholarship is automatically awarded for every Fall, Winter, or
our program, you may be eligible for an SEA award of up to $2,500 for a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA
programs). Based on the strength of the application
FIVE-COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
materials and demonstrated financial need.
A $5,000 merit-based scholarship is available for every Fall, Winter, and Spring SEA Semester program for students from colleges in the Five-College Consortium (Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College,
DEAN’S AWARDS - UP TO $5,000
Amherst College, University of Massachusetts at
Multiple awards for each SEA Semester program,
Amherst, Hampshire College). Prorated for summer.
excluding summer programs. Based on academic achievement, educational experiences, and intellectual curiosity. MERIT AWARDS - UP TO $3,500
Additional awards ranging from $500-$3,500 will be awarded throughout the academic year based on a student’s experience or excellence in areas including research, community service, leadership, and diversity. Access a full list at www.sea.edu/scholarships.
KILLAM CANADIAN NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
Canada participating in a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester program. Prorated for summer. HENRY L. AND GRACE DOHERTY ENDOWED JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP
A $2,500 scholarship is available once per year to a deserving student majoring in Journalism participating in a Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA Semester
A variety of additional merit awards are available
Students enrolled at Boston University, Purdue
University, Ripon College, Stonehill College, Sweet Briar College, SUNY-ESF, the University of New
Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island should
Automatic $2,500 scholarships are available to
contact the SEA Financial Aid Office to learn about
students enrolling in Fall, Winter, or Spring SEA
special scholarship opportunities available to them.
Semester programs from colleges operating on a trimester or quarter calendar.
2016-2017 program costs range from $19,400 to $29,700. These costs can be greatly reduced by the transfer of federal or state aid, as well as by SEA’s generous financial aid program. We also have agreements in place with numerous colleges and universities that allow students to transfer institutional aid from their home school. Published costs do not include transportation or personal expenses. Visit www.sea.edu/programcosts for more information.
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
One scholarship of up to $5,000 to a resident of
program. Prorated for summer. SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
TUITION & FEES
Semester program. Prorated for summer.
Spring SEA Semester class (excludes SEA Summer
You can afford SEA Semester. SEA awards over $1 million per year in need-based and merit aid to qualified and motivated students. We are committed to making SEA Semester as affordable as a semester on your home campus.
Please visit www.sea.edu/financialaid for more information on all of our financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
When packaging aid, we take each unique financial situation into account. We also work hard to make a wide variety of financial aid available. Between merit scholarships, need-based aid, federal loans and grants, institutional aid and other scholarships, we can make SEA Semester a reality for you. More than half of our students receive some form of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive aid from SEA.
NEED-BASED AID You may qualify for financial aid from SEA even if you are not currently receiving financial aid from your college. To apply for need-based aid, we require: • SEA financial aid application • Copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) • Your most recent award letter from your Financial Aid Office Contact email@example.com for further information about need-based aid.
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