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  • Locations: Apia, Samoa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
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Housing Type: Cabin on ship, Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: SEA Semester, Third-party provider Credit Type: Transfer credit (grades do not appear on Hopkins transcript)
Language Prerequisite: No Hopkins Application Fee: $25 (provider/university may also charge an app fee)
Application Process: (1) Complete Hopkins app by clicking "Apply Now", (2) Go to program website to complete program app (note deadline may be different)
Program Description:
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Who Should Apply?

This study at sea program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and marine science. Students may choose a policy or science track, offering flexibility in project topics and transfer credit. We welcome students of all majors to apply.

Program Description

Sail throughout the last coral wilderness on Earth in order to preserve its future. A joint effort with international collaborators, this study abroad at sea program invites students to explore the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a tropical ocean wilderness of diverse deep-ocean ecosystems dotted by eight spectacular coral islands. Students will conduct research that will assist in the ongoing development of an effective conservation plan for the region.

Beginning with a three-week shore component in Woods Hole, students use PIPA as a case study to develop their own research project in either ocean science or conservation policy. They then join the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a five-week research voyage throughout the archipelago, which includes an equatorial crossing.

Students will collect samples from the marine environment and visit the region's islands and pristine coral reefs. By providing real-time data, student projects will ultimately compose a picture of the state of the ocean for the benefit of the PIPA management office in Kiribati.

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester Summer: Protecting the Phoenix Islands carries 11 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.

Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Comparative and issue-driven introduction to managing human uses and conserving coastal and ocean places and resources.  Explore concepts of technology, governance, sector and ecosystem management, and marine protected areas through expert content lectures, topical seminars, and field trips.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Ocean ecosystem change in the anthropocene: warming, acidification, fisheries depletion, and pollution. Review principles of circulation, seawater chemistry, nutrient dynamics, and biological production to understand causes and consequences of change. Conduct field measurements for contribution to time-series datasets.


Research Course Options (choose one):

Advanced Ocean Policy Research (400-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Junior standing or consent of instructor. 
Advanced policy research focusing on a topic of current importance (may include fisheries, biodiversity, marine spatial planning, and cultural heritage). Emphasis on theoretical concepts, research methods, and communication skills. Requires critical review paper, original research, final report and presentation.

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Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or consent of instructor.
Design and conduct original oceanographic research. Collect data and analyze samples. Compile results in peer-reviewed manuscript format and share during oral or poster presentation session. Emphasis on development of research skills and written/oral communication abilities.




IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS

There is a dual application process for this program:

(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
AND
(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website.

Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.