An LSU geology student will research global warming and help crew a 134-foot research vessel sailing the Atlantic Ocean as part of a 12-week study abroad program.

Jennifer Kenyon and other students selected for the Sea Education Association: Oceans & Climate program will get a first-hand look at the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and climate dynamics. The SSV Corwith Cramer, a two-masted sailing ship, will travel from the Canary Islands to St. Croix from Saturday to Dec. 23.

Kenyon said the program shows the importance of interacting with the public and policymakers in order to protect the planet.

“Before I believed that one person alone couldn’t really make a difference, but after interacting with influential scientists. I have learned that individual effort can go a long way,” Kenyon said in a news release.