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  • Locations: Woods Hole, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Quick Facts:
Quick Facts:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term BC Program Type: Approved External Program
Program Manager: Christina Hatzipetros
Program Description:
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Who Should Apply?

This program is ideal for any undergraduate with an interest in the oceans. We welcome students of all majors to apply.

Program Highlights

• Conduct snorkel-based reef surveys
• Gain hands-on sailing and leadership experience
• Participate in original data collection and authentic research

Program Description

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 Hawai'i. You’ll retrace historic voyages of Polynesian migration, using navigation methods that rely on the sun, stars, and moon, and 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.

Skills Gained

• Critically analyze and interpret authentic oceanographic and reef survey data
• Function as an essential crew member through demonstrated proficiency including scientific deployments and snorkel survey techniques
• Effective team membership and leadership
• Communicate scientific data through visual representation and oral presentation



This program is currently not accepting applications.