Set Sail With Pangea Exploration

Pangaea Exploration is a Miami-based marine conservation organization, sailing the world to advance exploration, education, and conservation. Last week, Emily Penn, Program Director of Pangaea Exploration, gave a passionate and informative presentation to faculty and students at the Rosenstiel School. If you missed the presentation, don’t worry. It’s not too late to get involved!

Pangaea Exploration operates a 72ft sailing vessel, Sea Dragon, and coordinates expeditions to carry out scientific research and filmmaking around the world. They have spent the past 2 years sailing 50,000nm, researching plastic pollution, ocean acidification and coral health. They provide a platform for scientists to collect the necessary samples to conserve the marine ecosystems.

The Sea Dragon partners with researchers to collect important scientific observations, but also dedicates space on the ship to citizen scientists. The Pangaea crew teamed up with 5Gyres and spent a large portion of the past year collecting and studying marine debris in the North Pacific, specifically mapping the tsunami debris from Japan. They also worked with Woods Hole Oceanographic to collect water samples along the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

In spring 2013, they are coming to the Caribbean and Miami. Here is how YOU can get involved:

– Be the lead scientist on a cruise. All expenses paid for you, but you take on the responsibility of coordinating the activities of the citizen scientists who will help you collect your data.

– Pay your way either as a scientists going to collect your own data or as a citizen scientist.

– Send your sampling materials with the crew and ask them to collect the samples on your behalf.

– Intern for Pangaea Exploration here in Miami (with the chance to go on the ship for one of the legs).


For more information, check out their website:

-Laura Bracken
Outreach Manager
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