Youth Ocean Summit



Youth Ocean Summit Expedition

The “Summit” is an opportunity for students to work collaboratively alongside scientists, educators and filmmakers to solve and convey the real issues that our oceans and our world face in today’s global environment. Collectively they will postulate possible solutions while learning what it takes to become a “Blue Water Explorer”.

Morning Star Full Sail IIThe focus is on the scientific process and how man made and environmental variations impact our oceans, coral reefs, forests, lands, wildlife, food chains, and distribution of species. The program is interdisciplinary, advocates for transboundary research, builds trust, sets goals, creates confidence and improves problem solving. In the evenings, educators and scientists will conduct discussions that reflect on the events of the day. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the influences humankind has over nature and what choices should be instituted to live more harmoniously and sustainably. Upon returning to the classroom, students will use they learned to help translate their experiences to classmates.

This is a ship based program with various destinations depending on time of year and topic. Watch our web page for posting.


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Search for a Cure



The Search for a Cure Expedition

Some of the deadliest diseases known to humankind may find their cures in the most remote places on Earth and from the most unlikely creatures. A Bryozoan may offer a cure for Alzheimer's. A starfish from Antarctica may help be a cure for Malaria and the relationship between a Fungus and a Bacteria living in the Florida Everglades may cure MRSA (Methicillin Staphylococcus).

The chemicals that these organisms produce to defend themselves against predators interact with the predator’s Morning Star Full Sail IIbiological receptors in the same way drugs interact with diseased human receptors.  As an example, the chemicals a sponge produces to repel an attacker, can produce a similar effect against human cancer cells.

Only 5% of the oceans and 2% of the rainforests have been explored. This expedition will focus on scientific discovery and how multiple science disciplines work together to convert what they learn into new classes of drugs that will someday offer cures to the aliments of humankind. Students will learn the importance of preserving the oceans and rainforests as a world heritage. The future of humankind maybe contained within each of their vastness.


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Nature Finds A Way



Nature Finds a Way Expedition

The Amazon Rainforest is home to millions of undiscovered species. It is transversed by one of the longest and vast rivers on our planet. The Amazon River starts in Peru less than 75 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It begins as run off from the Andes and turns into a network of rivers that drain three million square miles of the world’s largest rainforest and ends at the Atlantic Ocean. One fifth of all the fresh water that flows into the Earth’s ocean does it here at the Amazonian flume.

Morning Star Full Sail IIThis expedition will traverse the vast reaches of the river to explore the complexes of biospheres that extend for hundreds of miles in all directions. Collectively we will investigate the remarkable adaptations that plants, insects and animals have made to survive in this challenging environment. We will learn how some of the most recent discoveries by scientists are reshaping our scientific thought. Like a vibrant coral reef discovered in 2015 in the murky waters of the Amazonian Flume. A place where a reef should not be, let alone survive. There are many more instances that defy what we think and what we know about the natural world. We are just beginning to understand the importance to the survival of humankind.

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Southeast Asia Archipelago



Southeast Asia Archipelago Expedition

The Southeast Asian Archipelago (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, New Guinea, Borneo, and Sumatra) holds the third largest expanse of tropical rainforest and the majority of the coral triangle making it a center for global biodiversity. More than half of the species found in the region are endemic. The forests and wildlife are critically endangered by habitat loss, climate change, ocean acidification, unsustainable fishing techniques, poaching, soil erosion and runoff. These adverse conditions affect the regions lands, waterways and marine ecosystems. The Morning Star Full Sail IIJava Rhinoceros and Sumatran Tiger are so critically endangered that they are only rarely seen.

Join Dr. Boyer and Dr. Scoccia and the crew of the Morning Star Explorer as we go on a journey under the waves and through the lands time has forgotten. We will investigate the efforts being made to conserve this world heritage. The crew will work with local scientists in support of the Species Survival Plan. To do nothing means extinction. It is also an opportunity for the public to understand the important role they can play in helping to save this world heritage.


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