This course consists of a 10-day
trip aboard the Corwith Cramer a 134 foot steel brigantine tall
ship that is owned and operated by our affiliates at SEA
Semester. The ship will depart from San Juan, Peurto Rico. While
on board, we will study subtropical ecology of the Caribbean and
consider the current and historical anthropogenic influences on
various ecosystems. During this trip, we will gather a variety of
oceanic measurements (temperature, salinity, phosphate, oxygen,
chlorophyll, planktonic mass and diversity, sediment size) and
compare these measurements between shelf, slope, deepwater, and
loop current locations. We will stop at Culerba, which is a
National Wildlife Refuge which is located west of the British
Virgin Islands and spend a day examining an estuary and mangrove
communities. Classes onboard will demonstrate oceanographic
collecting and measuring techniques, seamanship (e.g. dead
reckoning, marlinspike), and will discuss historical voyages and
challenges. 1 credit. This winter course costs $2225. Students are
responsible for round trip costs of travel to San Juan, Puerto
Rico, and finding their way to the boat location by the morning of
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