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Three years and 5 Expeditions strong! We now have 47 alumni that have been aboard a SUSiE Expedition, covering over 6,000 nautical miles, under sail, to conduct pioneering research on remote coral reefs of the Exuma archipelago, Bahamas. Our students take part in several important research projects SUSiE has launched, and are being conducted in collaboration with national and international researchers from Penn State, U of Miami RSMAS, U of Delaware, U of Alabama, and UNAM, Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Projects investigating climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution and invasive species are currently underway and in different stages of the peer-review process for publication. Immersing eager young scientists into a professional research expedition is a life-changing experience for most of them. Add to that the rigors and challenges of conducting research at sea, under sail, and self-transformations occur. And beyond the expedition we continue to mentor and support them through our alumni mentorship program. We believe these opportunities are critical because these are the young men and women who have made career commitments to science – it’s from this demographic that leaders of tomorrow will emerge and continue to push the boundaries of scientific discovery.
“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.”
“Just being in the water everyday. If you want to go in the water you can go in the water.”
“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.”
“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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