Caribbean Corals with WHOI

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December 4 – 25, 2103

Depart: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Arrive: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Length: 22 days
Focus: WHOI Scientific Research



[tab title=”Overview”]Dr. Anne Cohen from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and her team, will be aboard Sea Dragon diving and carrying out scientific research on climate change and coral reefs in the Caribbean. For more information on Dr. Cohen’s lab, visit

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Eric Loss


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.

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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 Yatchs Offshore with commercial endorsement.

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Nicole Besemer

Deckhand and Galley Supervisor

Nicole is a recent graduate from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Marine Science and Biology. She moved down to Miami this summer to get a head start on her career within this field. Growing up in New York and Pennsylvania has given her a relative proximity to the ocean, and she always finds a way to get there when possible. Her Dad would take her on his boat as a baby, and that’s where she developed her passion for everything sea related. Between diving, fishing, going to the beach or the boat, she loves spending time on the water and hopes to pursue a career in marine conservation.

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Mitch Mclean

From growing up in the Pacific Northwest, naturally Mitchell’s passions revolve around the outdoors. He loves sharing his passion as an environmental educator, empowering students to engage critically in the world around them. He believes in community collaboration and urges people to become involved with citizen science initiatives.
Mitchell is a recent graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. While in school he organized and raced with the PSU Sailing team. He is currently collecting sea time to complete his IYT Captain’s Licensing. Whether it be diving, surfing, or sailing Mitchell is enthralled by everything aquatic.
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