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Science at Sea Caribbean Expedition TOP020_6

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Science at Sea Caribbean Expedition

Join this all female Science at Sea adventure and spend two to three weeks island hopping and helping professional crew and researchers collect data and conduct outreach in local communities. 

This is a two-part expedition whose mission is to ‘make the unseen seen.’ The crew consists of women working in multi-disciplinary fields in order to find solutions to the global problem of water pollution.


  • Travel to five different nations to conduct research and network
  • Be a part of an all-female crew working to improve the health of the planet
  • Three weeks island hopping through the Caribbean islands
  • Conduct “Me-search” through hair sample collection during your time on board

You can join the Grenada to Barbados leg, the St Lucia to Dominica leg, or both, for up to three weeks of sailing through some of the most beautiful waters on Earth. You and the group will be building off of data collected during the 2016 expedition. This is not a luxury holiday, but rather a chance to contribute to the global conversation about the health of our planet. You’ll gain experience in research, networking, and outreach as well as establish incredible relationships with fellow crew members and  locals.

The purpose the expedition has four distinct and vital parts.  First, to spread awareness throughout the Caribbean about the global problem of water pollution.  Second, to develop a network of ambassadors who are excited to take what they learn on board and bring it back to their communities.  Third, conduct a nanoplastic and microplastic sampling in the Caribbean Sea and discover baseline data.  The first sampling of its kind in this area.  And fourth, to build relationships and partner with local groups to make the work more meaningful and long lasting.

You’ll also have the chance to conduct ‘Me-search,’ a study to collect hair samples in order to determine mercury levels and body burden testing. There are beach clean-up events, waste management facility visits, meetings with government officials, partnering with NGO’s, and presentations at various universities.  You’ll feel busy and fulfilled during your time with the crew and leave knowing that you’ve made a difference in the struggle to improve conditions for Mother Earth.

Enquire today to learn more.


This is a two part mission, hopping between islands, sampling waters, surveying waste and doing local outreach.

There are two legs you can choose from:

Leg 1

8th – 16th April will sail from Grenada to Barbados and on to St Lucia

Leg 2

22nd – 30th April will sail from St Lucia to Dominica and on to Antigua

More Details

    • We will be building on the data collected on the 2016 voyages, including manta trawling and POPs sampling;
    • We will also be conducting ‘Me’search, including hair samples for mercury and body burden testing;
    • We  will  also  continue  to  foster  and  build  our relationships  with  individuals, NGOs,  community  groups  and  authorities  to  work  toward  a  healthier  future  for the Caribbean


Diana Papoulias – Mission Leader

DIANA is a fish biologist and aquatic toxicologist. In 2014 she retired after 25 years of conducting research on the adverse effects of chemical and non-chemical stressors on fish and aquatic health for the U.S. government’s contaminants and environmental health programs.

The applied research she conducted has been used by natural resource agencies to identify exposure and effects of pollutants at many levels of biological organization from the molecular level to the population level. Much of her work has focused on the many environmental chemicals that affect the endocrine system of fish and amphibians and the adverse effects these chemicals have on reproduction. Diana has worked on projects on remote Pacific atolls contaminated with wartime legacy chemicals, the effects of industrial chemicals along the US-Mexico border, on small stream fishes affected by hydraulic fracturing in Kentucky, and the largest inland oil spill in the USA.

Earlier in her career, Diana worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a non-game biologist trekking into remote areas to study threatened and endangered fish species. Prior to that, she spent four years living in central México working at the orphanage, Nuestros Pequenos Hermaños, where she built a fish farm to feed the 1,000 resident children; she continues as an advisor on that project today.

Currently, Diana works with Hughes Environmental Consulting, and with the non-profit E-Tech International as a technical expert assisting indigenous federations of the Peruvian Amazon in their efforts to remediate their seriously contaminated lands after 40 years of oil spills.

In her work, Diana strives to explain the connection between human and wildlife health and the consequences of polluting the planet and to resolve environmental issues associated with natural resource use. She has authored or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research at many national and international conferences.

Jen Pate – Mission Leader

JEN is a geographer and filmmaker fascinated by human-environment interaction. With a BA in Geography (2:1) and an MSc in Environment, Science & Society (Distinction) from the University College of London, her research has explored environmental management and experience, film as an emancipatory tool for environmental education, as well as geographies of health and biological identity. S

he owns and operates a Community Interest Film company in the UK called Your Frontier, and has been involved in several research, filmmaking and sport expeditions in a diverse range of roles – from film crew, to marketing manager. She is a Global Biodiversity Ambassador for Ibex Earth, and co-owns/operates an environmentally sustainable outdoor recreation park in Canada called Windmill Lake (

Shanley McEntee – Skipper

SHANLEY didn’t grow up sailing but took to the sea like a duck to water after University. Since then she has been all over the world and covered over 55,000nm on all different types of sailing yachts. Having grown up by the sea in Del Mar, CA, she has salt in her veins and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming. With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from Western Washington University, she is very interested in continuing to explore the world and in understanding the different issues mother earth faces.

She joined the boat as First Mate in January of 2013 and has been on full time since. One of her favourite things is a long ocean passage and the rhythm life takes on while on the deep blue, and she loves helping her crew develop a deeper connection with the sea. Shanley is a commercially endorsed Ocean Yachtmaster, PADI Rescue Diver and MCA Medical Person in Charge.

The Boat

The boat is a 72ft (22m), 90,000lb displacement steel hulled sailing vessel built in the UK in 2000. She is one of 11 yachts built for the Global Challenge Race – one of the longest, most demanding ocean voyages ever made with an upwind, west-about 32,000km circumnavigation. Now run to carry out scientific research, it provides a superb platform of rugged capability, capacity and efficiency with a naturally low environmental footprint – perfect for this type of remote sailing expedition.

The British Maritime and Coastal Agency rate the boat to the highest standard of Category 0 All Oceans. Designed to thrive in the Southern Ocean and safely handle the worlds worst sailing conditions, the boats were also specifically set up for volunteer crew with limited sailing experience. Today, those same qualities make her an exceptional platform for long-distance, remote expedition sailing. With a crew capacity of 14, and a cruising speed of 10 knots she is a genuine ocean explorer.

It can accommodate up to 14 crew in a combination of sea berths and double bunks. She has two heads with showers, a large well stocked galley, a comfortable salon with seating for 14 people, and a refrigerator and freezer to keep the crew in fresh food for the duration of the voyage. The vessel is equipped with twin iridium satellite phones, HF radio, and all the modern navigation equipment to keep you safe and connected despite being well offshore. The boat is equipped for coastal exploration with two Avon inflatable boats and a scuba compressor with diving equipment. The boat carries extensive on board medical capability and retain remote expert support through Medical Support Offshore and their team of highly experienced staff.

As a research vessel, it boasts lab space, dissecting microscope, surface net trawling capability, and working deck space. With extensive sails, on-board fresh-water making, extended fuel reserves and almost 1kw of wind/solar power the boat can conduct long-range unsupported journeys for substantially lower cost than traditionally shared research voyages on large motor vessels and ships.

Dates & Rates


Leg 1  will sail from Grenada to St Lucia (via Barbados) from 8th – 16th April 2017.

Leg 2 will sail from St Lucia to Antigua (via Dominica) from 22nd – 30th April 2017.

Price: 3,990 USD


Extraordinary sailing expeditions!

The operators of this floating marine conservation yacht are quite unique. They believe that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant but that practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. The central challenge is our collective will to act, to care. They also believe that our ultimate success depends on a future generation of inspired conservationists.

True to their beliefs the team is passionate about involving everyday people in their mission. Their support of marine exploration, education and conservation work is specifically designed to create space for regular people to join the front line team.

This is true all over the world’s oceans from the Sargasso Sea expedition to look for marine plastics, to a transit of the Southern Ocean. On board this fantastic expedition vessel, professional leaders work alongside visiting crew as one team.

This synergy provides valuable manpower, skills and financial support to their broader mission. You get the chance to step forward into the front-line issues, see first-hand how the work is done, build skills and live a genuine adventure.

Another World Adventures is proud to support these not-for-profit expeditions.

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