Hawaii Pacific University offers summer courses in marine sciences at sea aboard a sailing vessel

A pair of Hawaii Pacific University summer courses in marine sciences gave students the chance to spend three weeks at sea aboard the sailing school vessel Robert C. Seamans. During June, they sailed from Oahu to Lanai, Maui and Molokai, and worked on projects connected with restoring fishponds, combating pollution and dealing with the effects of climate change. Hawaii Business photographer Odeelo Dayondon came aboard for a day to capture the sights.

Deckhand Ashley Meyer leads a team that hoists a sail.

Clockwise from top: members of the crew and their equipment include mate Sara Martin, with straw hat; chief mate Ryan Shamburger, with clipboard; the ship’s compass and captain Pamela Coughlin.

Robyn Linner, top photo, is a senior at HPU studying marine biology and scheduled to graduate next spring. At right, first scientist Ed Sweeney and HPU admissions officer Kim de la Cruz work with the CTD, or conductivity, temperature and depth equipment (pictured below right). It measures the water’s salinity using depth and pressure sensors, determines the water’s stratification or layers and detects differences in temperature and density. It also determines the distribution of nutrients and microorganisms.

The navigation room is shown at middle bottom. Those in the room are, left to right, deck hand Ashley Meyer, HPU students Trent Wilder and Lauren Tarpley, and HPU alumni relations officer Ethan Wung.

Mate Derek Esibill and deckhand Abby Cazeault lower a net to collect samples from the surface water. The fine net – the mesh is measured at 330 micrometers – collects zooplankton, marine plastic, halobates (water striders), jellyfish, man o’ war and other organisms.



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