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ESF Student Participates in SEA Semester program

New program sets sail from New Zealand

Christopher Marshall, a senior at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), is currently participating in SEA Semester's new Global Ocean study abroad program.

Marshall, an aquatic and fish science major from Hoosick Falls, joins undergraduate students from top colleges and universities nationwide who are participating in the newly created Ocean Health Index. This program explores environmental issues related to climate change, conservation and sustainability of the world's oceans in a groundbreaking new study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association.

SEA Semester: The Global Ocean is the first undergraduate program in the world to incorporate metrics of the Ocean Health Index - a comprehensive, global evaluation of the human impact on the world's oceans - into a curriculum. Following a highly selective application process, these 43 students spent six weeks on shore at SEA Semester's campus in Woods Hole, Mass., and six weeks at sea, sailing as crew and scientists onboard SEA Semester's state-of-the-art ocean research vessels, operating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Having finished his classes on shore in Woods Hole, Marshall traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, to board the sailing ship Nov. 14. Marshall is sailing on the SSV Robert C. Seamans until Dec. 23.

For the program's launch, SEA Semester premiered two voyage options: a choice of Western Europe or New Zealand. Both options focus on global issues surrounding ocean health including research and policy, while also exploring the histories and cultural traditions unique to each locale.