Schooner Bowdoin Science Team Update

Posted on: June 3, 2024

On our Arctic voyage, Mackenzie, Nicholas, Tyler, and Henry, students from the Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy, will collect eDNA (environmental DNA) water samples and oceanographic data using a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) device while earning sea time as part of their USCG licensing program and receiving hands-on training.

The data collected will enhance our understanding of the intricate dynamics of marine ecosystems. eDNA offers a non-invasive method to monitor biodiversity. By analyzing the DNA in water samples, students can detect the presence of various marine species, contributing to conservation efforts and improving our knowledge of ocean health. The CTD device provides measurements of physical parameters, Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth, which will assist in learning about the eDNA findings within the broader environmental conditions of the ocean.

The preparations for the Bowdoin Science Team began in Castine by 225 meters of line that will be used to lower the CTD. Before setting sail from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Dr. Kerry Whittaker, Professor of Coastal and Marine Environmental Science at Maine Maritime Academy, met with the Schooner Bowdoin Science Team to do a run-through of deploying the CTD.

We are excited to renew connections with Labrador’s coastal communities, initially established by Rear Admiral MacMillan.

Post By: Schooner Bowdoin Science Team & Jorge Morales-Lopez
Graduate Student, Global Logistics & Vessel Operations.