Ten years ago I sailed aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a student in Sea Education Association’s C-238 Class.
We sailed from Christiansted, St. Croix to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Samana, Dominican Republic to Port Antonio, Jamaica and ended our journey in Key West, Florida.
During my semester, I completed a research project titled, “Plastic: Breeding grounds for bacteria. A study of bacterial growth on plastic in seawater”. I correctly hypothesized that seawater on and surrounding plastic debris would contain significantly more bacteria than seawater without plastic. This research has since been continued by other SEA students to better understand the impacts of plastics on our oceans.
My SEA semester was an incredible journey, full of learning, fun, excitement, challenges and life experiences like none other! I’m now proud to serve as an SEA Overseer, helping SEA provide this incredible opportunity to other students.