BAMZ | Sargasso Sea Expedition

 

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Jun 05 – Jun 7, 2015

Depart: Bermuda
Arrive: Bermuda
Length: 2 days
Focus: Sargasso Sea

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

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

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Background & Expertise

Earth and Environmental Science Senior Lecturer at Bermuda College. Previously worked in waste management for the Bermuda Government and studied the impacts of Ecoschools in Ireland on positive waste behavior amongst students and their parents.

Expedition Goals

I hope to help where and when I can and learn more about some of the marine life in the Sargasso Sea.

 

Gary Taylor

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Background & Expertise

Bermuda College Environmental Sciences student, volunteer at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo natural history museum.

Expedition Goals

I hope to help where and when I can and learn more about some of the marine life in the Sargasso Sea.

 

Leslie Acton

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Background & Expertise

I am a PhD candidate in Marine Science and Conservation, based at the Duke University Marine Lab. I am a social scientist studying oceans governance and policy processes in Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea.

Expedition Goals

I look forward to experiencing the ocean spaces I discuss with people first-hand as well as learning more about some of the organisms and ecosystems found in the Sargasso Sea. I also hope to learn about and experience some of the realities of participating in a research cruise, a rare treat for a social scientist!

 

Pearce Cooper

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Background & Expertise

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. I am studying how Sargassum movement effects gene flow in associate species. I am also examining how Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, use Sargassum throughout their life history.

Expedition Goals

I aim to collect fin clips from fish species that associate with Sargassum on different levels. I will take samples from Sargassumfish, Histrio histrio; an obligate associate, Planehead Filefish, Stephanolepsis hispidus; a juvenile associate, and Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis; a transient associate and important recreational fish. I will also aim to collect samples from several resident invertebrates and Sargassum itself. I aim to use these samples, in combination with samples other locations to examine genetic connectivity from the Gulf of Mexico to the Central and Western Atlantic.

Abbie Caldas

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Background & Expertise

I am passionate about caring for our natural world and encouraging and empowering others to do the same. Specifically, I work with young people in the Eco-Schools programme and faciliate ways for them to lighten their impact at home and at school. This informal teaching always invites new ways to engage people as well as updated information and new experiences.

Expedition Goals

I would like to contribute to a valuable cause of gaining a better understanding of our impact on the ocean, while improving my science skills and sharing an exciting experience with like minded individuals.

Hannah Frith

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Background & Expertise

I recently completed my first year at Oberlin College in Ohio. I was born in Bermuda, but have spent many years in the United States (mostly Massachusetts and New York). I am keenly interested in environmental studies, as well as photography and performing arts.

Expedition Goals

I want to learn first-hand how marine research is conducted in the field and have a solid understanding of our research to begin my internship at the Bermuda Zoological Society.

Joshua Stephens

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Background & Expertise

My main aspiration in life is to become a marine biologist, and have taken many courses over the last few years, expanding my knowledge. I am currently a Bermuda College Student enrolled in the Associates of Science program, looking to major in Marine Science. I have almost completed the PADI Dive Master course as of May 13, 2015, this year rounding up my 7 years of scuba diving.

 

Expedition Goals

I look forward to enhancing the basic knowledge that I have obtained, and looking to explore hands on the impacts that the Sargasso Sea has suffered over the past five years or so. This expedition hopefully would further my ever expanding interests of the vast areas of ocean around Bermuda. Also seeing how others perceive our oceans inspires me to gain more and more knowledge, sometimes only taught through meeting and participating in large social gatherings of enthusiasts who just want to learn more.

Lisa Campbell

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Background & Expertise

Marine science and conservation has traditionally been considered the realm of the biological and physical sciences. Increasingly, governments, NGOs, academics and others concerned with ocean and coastal ecosystems recognize that human systems (economic, cultural, political, and social) are integral to those ecosystems. I am one of several social scientists at the Duke University Marine Lab contributing to an inter-disciplinary teaching and research program,

 

Kyla Smith

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Background & Expertise

Bachelors of Science in environmental science with a major in marine biology. PADI open water scuba instructor and Emergency First Responder Instructor. Bermuda certified tourism ambassador.

Expedition Goals

To determine how many different species are living in the sargassum seaweed, and to further my experience in ocean research.

 

Eric Loss – Skipper

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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

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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.

Katie Jewett – Deck Hand

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Katie grew up in Mill Valley, California and worked her first job as a summer deckhand aboard the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry on San Francisco Bay. She later joined her college sailing team and ever since has enjoyed learning how the wind can take her all over the world. Katie earned her degree from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in marine policy and science communications. She now spends her winters in Colorado and summers living and working on the water. She loves storytelling through writing and film, and hopes to increase ocean literacy by connecting even the most landlocked, mountainous populations with the beauty and importance of the ocean environment. She holds her Wilderness First Responder and a Merchant Mariner Credential (AB-Special).

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