Science under Sail Expeditions – 2015 Expedition Line-up & Student admissions

These intensive 18-day Expeditions are designed to immerse undergraduate & graduate students in the field of Exploration Science. As active participants aboard an ongoing coral reef research expedition, students are challenged with the rigors of marine fieldwork. Participation in every aspect of a live-aboard expedition prepares students for fieldwork within any discipline by enhancing teamwork, problem solving, spontaneous innovation, and other skills required to successfully collect data outside a laboratory, and off-the-grid. The Expeditions integrate formal lectures covering a broad range of current topics in coral reef science, global climate change and ocean conservation. Many lectures are combined with field survey and/or data collection components. Students also become proficient in many cutting-edge techniques used in coral reef research, as well as other scientific disciplines. Additionally, participants learn the fundamentals of seamanship and sailing as they captain and navigate the 46ft catamaran throughout the Exuma archipelago to near-shore and offshore research sites.

*Participation is open to College Students and graduating high-school seniors 18+ (gap year students welcome)

Complete details, mission objectives, detailed curriculum, and a downloadable application can be found at:

For specific inquiries, please contact

SEA Semester Visiting UW – Friday Oct 25!

Want to study abroad? Looking for an adventure? SEA Semester offers field-based, environmentally focused programs for all majors during the semester and summer. Students spend half a semester in Woods Hole, MA and then half a semester as a full working crew member aboard our sailing school vessels in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Western Europe/Mediterranean or Pacific. SEA Semester Admissions Counselor Michelle Rossi will be visiting on Friday October 31st and will be available for questions or more information from 12:30-2:30 in the Vista Cafe. Stop by to learn more! Can’t make it? Email with questions.

What’s Happening in Research? Spacial Segregation in Eastern North Pacific Skale Assemblages

For the full article  – please visit:

Skates (Rajiformes: Rajoidei) are common mesopredators in marine benthic communities. The spatial associations of individual species and the structure of assemblages are of considerable importance for effective monitoring and management of exploited skate populations. This study investigated the spatial associations of eastern North Pacific (ENP) skates in continental shelf and upper continental slope waters of two regions: central California and the western Gulf of Alaska. Long-term survey data were analyzed using GIS/spatial analysis techniques and regression models to determine distribution (by depth, temperature, and latitude/longitude) and relative abundance of the dominant species in each region. Submersible video data were incorporated for California to facilitate habitat association analysis. We addressed three main questions: 1) Are there regions of differential importance to skates?, 2) Are ENP skate assemblages spatially segregated?, and 3) When skates co-occur, do they differ in size? Skate populations were highly clustered in both regions, on scales of 10s of kilometers; however, high-density regions (i.e., hot spots) were segregated among species. Skate densities and frequencies of occurrence were substantially lower in Alaska as compared to California. Although skates are generally found on soft sediment habitats, Raja rhina exhibited the strongest association with mixed substrates, and R. stellulata catches were greatest on rocky reefs. Size segregation was evident in regions where species overlapped substantially in geographic and depth distribution (e.g., R. rhina and Bathyraja kincaidii off California; B. aleutica and B. interrupta in the Gulf of Alaska). Spatial niche differentiation in skates appears to be more pronounced than previously reported.

Job Opportunity: Marine Education Director Job Opening

Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. We are a movement and pragmatic voice for action that offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference. We are seeking an Education Director for our marine education program called KELP (Kids Environmental Lesson Plans).

Responsibilities will include:

  • Program development, implementation and management
  • Travel as required in support of this program
  • Help plan and attend quarterly board meetings
  • Contribute content to Sailors for the Sea website and monthly e-newsletter
  • Support stewardship development efforts
  • Coordinate with Social Impact and Sustainability staff as needed
  • Meet weekly with President and staff to discuss priorities and progress
  • Track and report program usage, challenges, and successes
  • Develop educational modules in conjunction with our educational partners for youth sailors and students
  • Outreach to museums, academic institutions and other organizations for contributions to curriculum
  • Outreach to sailing centers, junior sailing programs, schools, and other youth programs

As a small nonprofit, Sailors for the Sea staff are expected to be flexible in their job and help with responsibilities that may fall outside of their primary role. In addition to program management, the KELP Director will also be expected to help with day-to-day office tasks, such as mailings, filing, interacting with vendors, and collaborating with the Stewardship Director on funding matters as ! applicabl e to programming.

Position Requirements:

  • College degree in environmental policy, science or education
  • Knowledge of the sailing and boating communities / Sailing experience
  • Ability to travel as required to coastal communities in the U.S.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to work out of Sailors for the Sea office in Newport, RI
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional weekends
  • Valid Driver’s License and Passport
  • Strong attention to detail and refined organizational skills
  • Passion for ocean stewardship
  • Experience working with the public and teaching youth

To apply, send a combined cover letter and resume in PDF format to

Resume submission will close November 3, 2014. The candidate must be able to start work on January 5, 2015 in the Newport, RI office. This position offers a full time salary! , health insurance and 401K retirement plan.

Sailors for the Sea is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Entrepreneurship Minor – Application Deadline this Saturday!

Last chance to apply this quarter to the entrepreneurship minor for non-business majors!

Deadline: THIS SATURDAY, October 25

Start-ups. They only start with an idea.

Your business skills could turn that idea into a reality.

If you’re a visionary with the passion and determination to shape the future, get the business know-how with the Foster School’s new, competitive entrepreneurship minor.

Open to all non-business undergraduates, this 31-credit competitive minor offers students the opportunity to leverage their unique talents, as well as their new-found business knowledge, to achieve their start-up goals.

Learn more or apply now!

Leslie Mabry | Assistant Director
Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

UW Foster School of Business, Dempsey Hall 227
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Opportunities for students & educators to participate aboard the 2015 E/V Nautilus Expedition

The Ocean Exploration Trust has a variety of opportunities available for students and educators to become involved in our 2015 Expedition in the Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific Ocean aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus! We are currently accepting applications for the following all-expenses-paid programs.

Please visit our website for additional details and to apply:
  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates are eligible to apply
  • Internships are available in 1) Ocean Science & Seafloor Mapping, 2) ROV Engineering, and 3) Video Engineering. Interns spend 2-5 weeks aboard E/V Nautilus fully immersed in professional sea-going teams.
  • Application deadline is January 16, 2015
  • Formal and informal educators (of all levels and disciplines) are eligible to apply
  • The Fellowship includes a Science Communication training workshop held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in March 2015 and 2-4 weeks aboard E/V Nautilus during the 2015 field season
  • Application deadline is December 19, 2014

Mary Gates Research Scholarships – Applications Due Monday

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is currently accepting applications for research scholarships.  Mary Gates scholarships provide $4,000 ($2,000 per quarter for two quarters) for students to pursue leadership or research activities.  These scholarships benefit students in the current academic year, and are open to all UW undergraduate students regardless of class year, major or residency status.


Leadership  Application Deadline:

Monday, Oct. 13, 5:00 p.m.


Research Application Deadline:

Monday, Oct. 20, 5:00 p.m.


Access the online application and learn more on our website,  Email with any questions.