As part of orientation, the Oceanography program spent an overnight aboard the tall ship Matthew Turner (Call of the Sea) departing from Sausalito, and spending two days sailing and learning about marine science in the San Francisco Bay. More information can be found about the ship Matthew Turner at the Call of the Sea website. https://callofthesea.org/.
Josh Bennett (Oceanography '24)
While on board, OCN cadets continued to build friendships with fellow cadets and had the opportunity to interact with their OCN and other science faculty who also participated. Cadets took part in team-building skills while sailing the schooner, and were able to go aloft in the rigging. Each cadet stood watch overnight as we sat on anchor. Some highlights were a chance to operate a small remotely operated vehicle (ROV), set a manta trawl to collect plastic debris and a plankton net to study phytoplankton and zooplankton in the lab. Students also learned about ocean acidification, caused by increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
For many of our OCN cadets, this trip was a first experience aboard a sailing vessel (or perhaps any boat) and a first chance to experience the ecosystems that they will study during their time at Cal Maritime. As part of our time together we set professional and personal goals for the upcoming year.
Roxanne Mina (Oceanography '24)
Kamari Harris (Oceanography '26) and Allie Johannsen (Oceanography '26)
checking for anchor drift while on the overnight anchorage in Paradise Cove
ABOUT CAL MARITIME
Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.