Announcing Cohort 4 of the LOREX Program

Announcing Cohort 4 of the LOREX Program

ASLO is pleased to announce the fourth cohort of the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program! This NSF-funded graduate student program (Award #1831075) was initiated to further connect our members through international research collaboration and provide graduate students with experience leading an international collaboration. The nine students in the fourth cohort will soon conduct research exchanges in host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israel, and Sweden throughout the summer and fall of 2024.   

Please join us in welcoming cohort 4!
More information about the students and their projects can be found here:

Umeå University, Sweden – Climate Impacts Research Centre at Abisko Scientific Research Station

Cheristy Jones, University of New Hampshire. Spatial variability of carbon fluxes in a subarctic catchment.

Interuniversity Group in Limnology, Montréal, Canada

Jessica Briggs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Investigating the relationship between methane production and flux through space and time.

Amanda Theall, University of New Hampshire. Comparative analysis of riverine carbon greenhouse gases across boreal, temperate forest, and tropical biomes.  

Dalhousie University, Canada – The Department of Oceanography

Lex Berger, George Mason University. The Influence of water quality on the biological and functional diversity of benthic cyanobacterial mats in the Shenandoah River.

Shaun Eisner, University of Maryland, College Park. Elucidating the effects of sea ice melt on plankton productivity in the northwest North Atlantic.  

Southern Cross University, Australia – Lismore

Abby Webster, State University of New York. Novel cyanotoxin production by the N2-fixing benthic cyanobacteria Nostochopsis: A comparative study.

James Westphalen, Georgia Southern University. Investigating enhanced mineral weathering in Australian blue carbon ecosystems as a method of carbon dioxide removal.

University of Haifa, Israel – The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences

Antrelle Clark, Auburn University. Spatial distribution and diversity of comb plate amoebae.

Jackson Vanfleet-Brown, San Francisco State University. Impacts of shipping underwater radiated noise on sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) vocalization.

“This is the final year of this iteration of the ASLO LOREX Program, and we could not have been happier with the turnout,” says LOREX Co-PI Adina Paytan. “The fourth cohort contains a diversity of stellar students, including veteran participants, that are keen to foster international collaborations. We cannot wait to see what they do!”

LOREX participants will pursue unique aquatic sciences research projects at the host institution for 4-8 weeks. The participants in the fourth cohort completed an in-person orientation workshop at the recent Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans. They are invited to present their research findings and experiences at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting in 2025. 

Please join us in congratulating the new cohort and wishing them luck on their upcoming travels!

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