Programs : Brochure
SEA Semester Summer: Protecting the Phoenix Islands (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Apia, Samoa; Multiple, Multiple; Woods Hole, United States
- Program Terms: Summer Quarter
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Program Sponsor: SEA Semester
This program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and marine science. Students may choose a policy or science track, offering flexibility in project topics and transfer credit. We welcome students of all majors to apply.
A joint effort with the New England Aquarium, this program invites students to explore the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a tropical ocean wilderness of diverse deep-ocean ecosystems dotted by eight spectacular coral islands. Students 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 use PIPA as a case study to develop their own research project in either ocean science or conservation policy. They then join the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a five-week research voyage throughout the archipelago.
Students 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.