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December 15th, 2015 by Anonymous

So we've finally done it! We sailed all the way across the Atlantic Ocean!

The past 4 weeks have been the craziest, most stressful, most exciting, and most enthralling experience. Each and every one of my ship mates is amazing in their own way, and I have been so lucky to meet all of them. I've been dreading leaving them since it hit me that I would have to. Out here, we're family. We eat together, sleep in the same room, work together, laugh together, pursue our goals together. We help each other, lift each other up, and support each other. Never have a met a group that knows more and can have a better time than the 30 people aboard the ship over the past month. I have learned the names and stories behind lesser known constellations, how to play the ukelele, what it's really like to see the world from 90 feet up on top of the foremast, and how to be a shipmate and friend. 

All Aboard!

November 14th, 2015 by Anonymous

This afternoon I board the Corwith Cramer! These past few days have been filled with adventure - hiking, swimming, exploring the local culture, and meeting some amazing people. We hiked the tallest and second tallest peaks on Gran Canaria, drove on a long dangerous winding road around the whole island, visited the huge sand dunes on one side of the island, went swimming at two beaches, met some sailors, met an elderly couple who loved hornbill birds, met an older man who loved Bruce Springsteen (shout out to NJ), saw the sunset over the beach, swam to some raised rocks in the middle of the ocean 200 m offshore, and bonded with my amazing shipmates.

I am in love with this island and it's tropical rainforest, pine forests, steep mountains, rolling valleys, gorgeous coasts, and kind people. I am nervous to get on the ship but also very excited, and look forward to te experiences to come. 

See ya soon dry land! 

Almost to the Ship!

November 8th, 2015 by Anonymous

I'm sitting here in the airport waiting for my flight to the Canaries and waiting for Holly to meet up with me at the gate. It was very hard to say goodbye to those I love, but I'm very excited to get over there and start my adventure! 

Final Days on Shore!

November 4th, 2015 by Anonymous

Less than 48 hours left on campus and you can definitely tell. The only things we are working on are final presentations and final exams.The past few days have been dedicated to finishing my nautical science take home exam (even though my captain left for the boat today, we get an extra day to work on it:)) and finishing my public policy final policy brief and presentation with Eben and Jenny about coral conservation in St. Croix which we present tomorrow.
I just turned in my final research project proposal. My partner for the research is Siya, and we are analyzing phytoplankton's response to global warming. I specifically am analyzing how increased CO2 in the atmosphere warms up the oceans. I predict that this increase results in a steeper thermocline, more stratification in the water column, a shallower mixed layer depth, and a lower concentration of phytoplankton at the surface. I'm also determining the relationship between the depth of the mixed layer across the ocean and the deep chlorophyll maximum.

Halfway through the Shore Component

October 18th, 2015 by Anonymous

Just finished with the third week of classes. We are halfway through the shore component, and that much closer to the big boat trip!