To a large extent, the fate of the oceans determines the fate of the planet. Understanding the sea’s complexity requires an interdisciplinary approach and in this course we will combine data collection, insights from all aspects of oceanography, and public policy discussion – together with practical skills in nautical science – so students can develop a broader understanding of the sea. On board, you will conduct scientific research, learn celestial navigation, and watch both the sun and moon rise over the open ocean as you operate the sailing ship, a 134 foot, two-masted brigantine. In addition to sailing the ocean, we will make a port stop at Dry Tortugas National Park, and explore the diverse Everglades ecosystems. The shore component at Eckerd College involves academic preparation before the cruise and completion of an independent research project based on data collected on the voyage.