Announcing the newest LOREX students!

Announcing the newest LOREX students!

ASLO is pleased to announce the second 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. The twenty-one students in the second cohort will conduct research exchanges in 7 host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israel and Sweden in the summer of 2020.

LOREX participants will pursue unique aquatic sciences research projects at the host institution for 4-8 weeks. Prior to their travel, participants will attend a full-day orientation at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego. ASLO will also be hosting a workshop and townhall on international research collaborations, open to all meeting attendees. Students from the inaugural cohort of LOREX will present about their exchange at OSM in session ED001, “Adventures, Challenges, and Benefits of Conducting International Collaborative Research.” You can read more about the initial outcomes from LOREX in a recent Bulletin article and on the LOREX blog.

“We have been incredibly pleased with the initial outcomes of the LOREX program. Feedback from students, their advisors and host researchers indicate that LOREX has provided an opportunity for labs to collaborate that would never have otherwise collaborated, taking our fields in new directions. The innovative proposals submitted by this group of students promise to add to the initial successes of LOREX,” said Adrienne Sponberg, co-PI for LOREX.

Please join us in welcoming the second cohort of LOREX students!

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

Jemma Fadum, Colorado State University: Climate change driven alterations in stratification and the impacts on communities dependent on inland fisheries.

Phoenix Rogers, University of Alabama: Using an Arctic catchment-scale model of community structure and growth to predict impacts of climate change on stream macroinvertebrates.

Christine Parisek, University of California, Davis: Spatial variance in global lake abundance estimates.

Amanda CurtisUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Employing a combined ancient DNA (aDNA) and environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to assess the impacts of multiple stressors on the aquatic diversity of a Swedish lake.

Tamara Marcus, University of New Hampshire: CH4  Flux from sub-Arctic mire lakes: A look at relationships between microbial communities and submerged aquatic vegetation in Stordalen mire lakes.

Interuniversity Group in Limnology, Montréal, Canada

Carrie Ann Sharitt, Miami University: Effects of increasing temperature and parasites on nutrient excretion by pumpkinseed.

Lara Jansen, Portland State University: Variation of cyanobacteria communities across environmental gradients of temperature and nutrient loading in mountain lakes.

Dalhousie University, Canada - The Department of Oceanography

Rachel Presley, University of Maine: Inverse modeling of nitrate reduction processes.

Kelly Luis, University of Massachusetts-Boston: Interpreting river discharge from variations in coastal reflectance.

Catrina Nowakowski, University of Rhode Island: Reconstructing fifty years of changes in nitrogen based export production dynamics in the Gulf of Maine using compound-specific isotope analysis.

Southern Cross University, Australia - National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbor

Amy Moody, University of Southern Mississippi: Does submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) drive hypoxia in coastal waters?

Stephanie J. Wilson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Are subterranean estuaries a source or sink of nitrogen to the coastal ocean?

Southern Cross University, Australia – Lismore

Alia Al-Haj, Boston University: Building a methane budget for a subtropical seagrass ecosystem.

Josue G. Millan, Indiana State University: Assessing the importance of mixotrophy in deep dwelling calcifying marine phytoplankton.

Kalina C. Grabb, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Characterizing the role of superoxide in redox reactions with Fe(III)-bearing mineral transformations.

Inter University Institute for Marine Science in Eilat, Israel

Mallory Ringham, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Nuclei-induced calcium carbonate precipitation in the Red Sea.

Ben Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Morphological shifts in Red Sea Rabbitfish associated with the invasion of the Mediterranean Sea.

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

Amanda Williams, Rutgers University: The implications of multiple stressors on the chemical signatures of reef-building coral.

Jessica Hillhouse, Texas A&M University at Galveston: Role of desalination plants in altering microbial activities: potential excess exudate production in response to effluents from the Hadera desalination plant.

Hunter Hughes, University of Maryland: Exploring seawater strontium-calcium ratio variability in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Alanna Mnich, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Phytoplankton C:N:P ratios and isotopic composition in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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