Sargasso Sea Expedition

Jun 02 – Jun 03, 2014

Length: 2 days

Focus: Sargasso Sea Research trip in partnership with Dr Robbie Smith, Curator of the Natural History Museum, from the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ).

Dr. Robbie Smith

Background & Expertise
Chief Scientist for cruise.

Expedition Goals
Collection of Sargassum Samples, collection of floating plastic with neuston net, collection of deep water plankton.

 

Amy Harvey McGlynn

Background & Expertise
Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science at Bermuda College Committee member of Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce Expertise in Waste Management.

Expedition Goals
To support Dr. Robbie Smith in his research to obtain samples of life in the sargassum seaweed as well as further investigation of floating plastic in the Sargasso Sea. Furthermore, I have two students from Bermuda College accompanying the expedition and my goal is for them to obtain research experience and exposure to life as an environmental scientist.

 

Winston Godwin

Background & Expertise
I was born in Bermuda but completed a large amount of my education in Canada. The environment, marine specifically, is something I’ve always been passionate about. I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a number of camps and programs in Bermuda such as Waterstart and the Marine Science Internships run out of BIOS and the Bermuda Turtle Project with the Bermuda Zoological Society. I enjoy learning about the ocean and doing my part to protect it. I attended the University of Guelph where I studied Geography with a Minor in Environmental Analysis and GIS. I recently graduated and have begun making the moves towards using my degree.

Expedition Goals
I saw this opportunity and jumped for it right away. I was selected as the grant recipient and therefore will be responsible for taking pictures and blogging, with that being said, I would like to take just as active as a role as the other crew members. I am definitely going to take the opportunity to learn as much as I possibly can about the gyre, it’s effect on the ocean and our effect on it. I look forward to bringing back what I’ve learned and sharing it with others and providing them with some insight on the impact this gyre has. Other than that, I try to enter such opportunities with an open mind and with no expectations. I typically see such chances as opportunities where you get out what you put in. And I believe this is no exception.

 

Christopher Burville

Background & Expertise
Keen to learn new things

Expedition Goals
Meet new people, visit new places and have fun.

 

Abbie Caldas

Background & Expertise
Having grown up in Bermuda, I have a lifelong connection to the ocean. As my career has developed, I have continued to seek understanding about the state of our ocean – how we impact it and how we rely on it’s health. Specifically, I am now running Greenrock’s Eco-Schools programme, which inspires and empowers Bermuda’s young people to build stronger relationships with the natural world and implement practical changes in their learning environment to reflect this. My career mission is to inspire a passion in young people to believe we are responsible to and dependant on the natural world.

Expedition Goals
During this expedition, I hope to connect with other like-minded people and learn from their skills and experience. I also hope to be able to volunteer my time towards a worthy cause and contribute valuable information for further research and knowledge.

Anne Blackburn Hyde

Background & Expertise
Executive Director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
Founding member of the Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce.
Country leader (Bermuda) for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup for the Trash Free Seas Program.

 

Zoe Friesen

Background & Expertise
I am a student studying environmental studies and education in university. I have some experience working at BAMZ during the summer.

Expedition Goals
To gain a better understanding of the sargassum sea, along with some first hand experience doing ocean research.

 

Gary Taylor

Background & Expertise
Environmental Science student at Bermuda College

Expedition Goals
To gain experience and to help as needed.

 

Claire Grenfell

Background Expertise
I graduated from Queen’s University in 2012 with a BSc degree in Environmental Science and have recently completed my MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University. During my studies, I had the opportunity to act as a research assistant on various scientific expeditions around Bermuda as well as in the English Channel. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the marine environment with others and contributing to marine conservation research.

Expedition Goals
I am excited about engaging in as many aspects of this research cruise as possible. We will be collecting samples of Sargassum, plankton and plastic during the course of the expedition. I also hope to learn from the other member of crew to build upon my existing knowledge of the ocean.

 

Eric Loss – Skipper

A native of California, Eric has been on the water since an early age. He has sailed more than 55,000 offshore miles, and has sailed everything from windsurfers to 115′ schooners, and recently he completed a single-handed circumnavigation by way of the great capes. He enjoys teaching all aspects of sailing, from boat handling and dinghy racing to navigation and seamanship. He is always eager to share his knowledge of celestial navigation. Eric has been involved in sail training for most of his life, and is an US Sailing instructor. He holds an IYT Master of Yachts Ocean with commercial endorsement and a USCG 100 ton master’s license. Eric is also an experienced diver and PADI Divemaster.

Shanley Mcentee – First Mate

Shanley was born and raised in San Diego, CA and graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Having grown up by the sea, she holds a deep passion for Mother Ocean and our ever-growing need for protection and awareness of the problems our environment is facing. She enjoys anything having to do with the sea, from surfing to scuba diving to sailing, and loves offshore passages. She is PADI Rescue Diver certified and holds an IYT Master of Yachts Offshore with commercial endorsement.