Free Public Lecture at Sea Education Association

October 14th with Oceanography Professor Chuck Lea

Sea Education Association (SEA) will host a public lecture, “The (Not so) Old Man and the SEA” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 pm. Charles (Chuck) Lea, retiring Professor of Oceanography,  will deliver the lecture, the first of SEA’s Fall Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Lecture
He’s spent a combined total of more than seven years at sea on SEA tall ships and more than 25 in the same office! From 1984 to 2018, Chuck Lea, a long-time SEA Semester Professor of Oceanography has seen it all. Chuck will share observations – and a few sea stories (!) - collected over more than three decades sailing the high seas with SEA Semester students. 

Take a nostalgic journey to Chuck’s early days at SEA, and see how the organization has evolved over the years. Changes in the boats, science equipment, the people, the program will be examined. Everything from how climate change influences what we teach to documentation of what his office looked like before he trashed it will be presented. Accompanied by many old photos taken over the years, this promises to be a highly entertaining and informative lecture.

About the Lecturer

Raised outside Denver, Colorado, Dr. Charles E. (Chuck) Lea, Professor of Oceanography, was appointed to the faculty at Sea Education Association / SEA Semester in Woods Hole in 1985.  His primary areas of interest are the distribution of cephalopods and pelagic zoogeography.  He received a BA from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from Texas A & M University.  At SEA, Chuck  has served as faculty on 62 six-week  ocean voyages and numerous shorter ones throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He lives in Falmouth.

About Sea Education Association/SEA Semester® Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For 45 years and more than one million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester. SEA/SEA Semester is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and has two research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the Pacific. In 2016, SEA was honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its role in promoting the public understanding of science and engineering.


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