Program Details

This 8-week summer session welcomes students to explore one of the last coral wildernesses on earth through one of two academic tracks: science or policy. The Phoenix Islands comprise the Pacific’s largest marine protected area (MPA) and were recently nam
Location:
Programs at Sea, Programs at Sea
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This 8-week summer session welcomes students to explore one of the last coral wildernesses on earth through one of two academic tracks: science or policy. The Phoenix Islands comprise the Pacific’s largest marine protected area (MPA) and were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students will join marine scientists from SEA, the New England Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on an unprecedented research voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a region of the world which remains largely unexplored and unvisited. SEA provides students with access to a level of ocean exploration unavailable anywhere else in the world. We balance on-shore research and team building with real oceanographic research aboard a traditional sailing vessel. Most importantly, teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA's academic curriculum. Participants will not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals. Since 1971 students have engaged the world's ocean through an interdisciplinary curriculum of sciences, social sciences, humanities and public policy through SEA. Lessons extend beyond the classroom to the deck and lab of a 134' sailing oceanographic research vessel. Here students not only learn about the most powerful natural resource in the world, the ocean, but also explore the depths of themselves.
Setting Description:
During the first two weeks in Woods Hole, students will begin a survey of large-scale marine conservation efforts around the world. They will use PIPA as a case study for the state of current international ocean conservation efforts while developing their own research project in either ocean science or conservation policy. Students will then join the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a six-week research voyage from Hawaii to American Samoa. They will first cross the Equator in a 2-week, 1,600 mile voyage to the Phoenix Islands. The next three weeks will be spent in PIPA, documenting the oceanic ecosystem around this archipelago: something that has never been done before. Working side by side with experts, students will provide real-time data that will lay the groundwork for an effective conservation plan. A final leg to Samoa will round out the voyage.
Cost:
SEA Semester awards over $1,000,000 in financial aid each year. Our financial aid office is currently able to meet all demonstrated need.

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