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OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

 

Science under Sail Expeditions are programs of SUSiE – Science Under Sail Institute for Exploration, a registered 501(c)3 Scientific Institute dedicated to the advancement of coral reef research, the advancement of early career scientists and explorers, and the promotion of globally responsible research conducted under sail. 

 

WE EXPLORE AND STUDY CORAL REEFS

75% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened. As the largest biological structures on our planet disappear, so do medicines, products, food, protection, tourism and natural beauty. We are here to make an impact.

 

  • Diploria labrynthiformis

    A Caribbean species of brain coral with a distinctive morphology. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Acropora palmata

    Listed as an Endangered Species, specimens like this are becoming increasingly rare throughout the Caribbean. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • PAM fluorometry

    Dr. Mark Warner assessing the health of corals using a diving-PAM. The instrument is actually measuring the fluorescence of the photosynthetic algae living symbiotically within the coral. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Linckia laevigata

    This species (multiple color morphs) of starfish demonstrates remarkable regenerative capabilities. Its common on Pacific & Indian Ocean coral reefs. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Orbicella faveolata

    This boulder species is a dominant reef builder throughout the Caribbean, with larger colonies being several hundred years old. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Acropora spp.

    The distinctive growth forms seen here, are often called "tabletop acros". These species can form plates up to several meters across and dominate many reefs throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Thermal Experiments

    Hundreds of coral fragments collected, mounted, and ready for experimentation at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), Micronesia. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Tunicates

    Coral reefs are home to numerous species of tunicates. One is found to be a potential source of new anti-cancer drugs for humans. www.scienceundersail.org ©
  • Stylophora pistillata

    A small colony growing on the reef crest in Heron Island, Australia. The pink coloration is the result of photo protective pigments used as a sort of sunscreen for the coral. www.scienceundersail.org ©

 

“Coral reefs are the most biodiverse of all known marine ecosystems, and maintain much higher genetic diversity than tropical rainforests. They therefore represent the world’s most significant storehouse of potential future products.” – John McManus

 

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OUR PROGRAM FOCUS

Science - Sailing - Mentorship

We aim to build a better blue planet through innovative scientific research & education of the world’s coral reefs – dedicated to one exceptional student & one country project at time. Through an emergent field called Exploration Science, our Fellows are tasked with a mission to explore and study remote coral reef ecosystems under Sail and further translate this experiential learning into a future ocean career path through our Modern Mentorship [MM] program.

OUR FOCUS TRIPTIC

SCIENCE
SAILING
MENTORSHIP

THE EXPEDITIONS

 

EXPEDITION DETAILS

Each summer, Science under Sail Expeditions sails to Exuma, Bahamas to conduct its research & education Expeditions(EXU-). Student teams act as crew harnessing the power of the wind to carry the expedition teams of students, sailors, and scientists amongst the 370 tropical cays and coral reefs of the Exuma archipelago… under sail.

 

 

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WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Science under Sail Expeditions is aimed to enhance the college field research experience. We are open to college students (undergrad & graduate) as well as gap year (taking time off in between) and high school seniors 18+ from a variety of disciplines whose common thread is the value of exploration and science amongst the world’s coral reefs.

Our application process is competitive, positions are extremely limited (8 Fellows per Leg), and student teams fill quickly. Tuition costs, deadlines and details are listed in the online application.

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MEET DANA

 

MEET DANA

Lucky us.

She submitted a stellar application and was chosen to join a 2014 Expedition as a SUSIE Fellow. A college freshman, Dana arrived with the attitude & skills we covet most when building our Expedition Teams: natural acumen, the hunger to learn, and a penchant for life in & around the Ocean. Looking for experiences that translate from college-to-career, she’s intensely focused on her future. This focus parlays into every aspect of her life, from pursuing career dreams, to training for free-diving at 80 ft plus. Yes, we were impressed. Dana stepped off the plane, climbed aboard, and for 3-weeks, immersed herself in Exploration Science. To every task & challenge, she always brought her A-game. She worked long days on the reef, under sail, and in the laboratory – tirelessly diving, hammering, drilling & installing scientific gear onto the seafloor. She embraced both the rigors & rewards of life off-the-grid aboard a working research vessel. Alongside experts in the field, Dana earned her spot as an integral part of an amazing research team.

BENEFITS TO JOINING OUR TEAM

 

3 MAJOR BENEFITS TO JOINING OUR TEAM

 

 Earn college credits. Explore More.
Become proficient in Exploration Science. Explore More.
Gain lifelong access into SUSiE’s Modern Mentorship [MM] program. Explore More.

 

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SUSiE ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Erin

Erin

“I really liked how many different skills SUS offered to teach me. I learned how to sail, drive a boat, micro-science and physical work under the ocean. Something I don’t get to experience in college.”

Jason

Jason

“Just being in the water everyday. If you want to go in the water you can go in the water.”

Kirstie

Kirstie

“It was so much more than a research expedition. It’s not just the research, it’s not just the sailing, or the mentorship program. It’s everything serving as a great foundation for my career.”

Kyle

Kyle

“I couldn’t imagine not going through this experience. It is the first time out of the country for myself. It gave me the ability to explore new things to see what the world has to offer to us.”


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PARTNERS & SPONSORS

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

logo-Daybrook Foundation

logo – seagear
logo-wise foods
logo – coral reef science
logo – ocean optics
logo – brownies
logo – community conch
logo – ehcp
logo – eno

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About Us

 

 

ABOUT US

 

 

Robin T Smith, PhD

Robin T Smith, PhD

• SUSiE President •
Founder & CEO
Jerah L Coviello

Jerah L Coviello

• SUSiE Treasurer •
COO & Mentorship Director
Mark E Warner, PhD

Mark E Warner, PhD

• SUSiE Vice President •
Head of Scientific Advisory Board

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CONTACT

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