Study Away: Elizabeth Dorr '12

“The spring of my junior year I studied at Sea Education Association/SEA Semester. I spent 6 weeks in Woods Hole, MA taking classes in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies all in preparation for heading to sea for another 6 weeks aboard a 135-foot brigantine sailing vessel. While sailing in the Sargasso and Caribbean Seas, I characterized surface water masses and researched their correlation to chlorophyll-a concentrations, as a proxy for biological productivity. Being able to do real research in the field and learning to run an entire lab at sea was an invaluable academic experience. It’s amazing to think that my research is being shared with scientists at WHOI and NOAA and I’m contributing to furthering the understanding of our world’s oceans and environment. My time on the high seas was a life-changing experience and helped me to focus my interest in biology and maritime studies upon returning to Williams.”

-Elizabeth Dorr ‘12