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The ASLO LOREX program fosters international research collaborations through professional development training open to all ASLO student members. It provides competitive paid research exchanges opportunities for graduate students. Professional development training occurs through webinars, web resources, and conference workshops. The research exchanges allow US-based graduate students to travel to one of seven international host institutions to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science. LOREX participants regularly blog about their experiences and lessons learned.

Analyzing Radium

By Trista McKenzie Since returning from fieldwork in Sydney, I have been spending a lot of time in the lab processing samples. Radium is one type of sample we are analyzing, which is a naturally-occurring radioactive tracer for groundwater. One of the advantages of using radium is that there are four naturally-occurring isotopes, all with different half-lives. One half-life represents the ...

Unexpected Friendships are the Best Ones

By Eilea Knotts My time here in Canada is wrapping up with only a few days left. I want to take this time to reflect on the unexpected friendships I have made. When I was told I was a recipient of the LOREX, my expectations for this experience were solely based on research. “I will be inside my lab all ...

LOREX Application Advice from the First Cohort

By Brittany Schieler Hi there! One of ASLO's LOREX assistants here. The 2020 LOREX applications are due 31 July! That's just three weeks away. Are you a grad student considering applying for the next cohort of LOREX students, but struggling with how to start on an aspect of the application? Are you currently working on your application and looking for ...

Fieldwork in Sydney!

By Trista McKenzie We've just returned to Coffs Harbour after a successful week of fieldwork in Sydney! We were able to cover five different sites in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, which was really because we had a great field team.  The field crew (from right to left): Ceylena Holloway (Southern Cross University), Ryo Sugimoto (Fukui Prefectural University, visiting professor ...

Final week: the pressure is on

By Hannah Glover This past week was the final week of field work in Waikaraka Estuary. Deb and I are feeling shell-shocked by how quickly the time has passed. Every day has been action packed (except for one wonderful afternoon when we eased our achy backs in a hot spring). We spent lots of time this week trying to think ...

Helicopters, Ponds, and Plankton, Oh My!

By Stephanie Owens The last two weeks in Abisko, Sweden have most notably included a helicopter ride (what better way to see the landscape than from the air?), celebrating midsummer (strawberry cake, dancing around a maypole, and a whole lot of daylight!), and scoping out field sites in Stordalen Mire. And of course adjusting to living in a new country. ...

A Stranger’s Compliment

By Carly Olson As I board the aircraft that will complete the first leg of my slightly romanticized journey to Sweden, my mind is focused on how great the seat was that I had just been assigned. It was in the exit row which equates to easy access to the bathroom and infinite leg room. There was a catch: obligatory ...

Woah, We’re Halfway There

By Eilea Knotts I didn’t actually know how long I would have at my international institute when I applied for the LOREX. I wrote my application like I would have the entire summer…three months worth of work…but I also added at the end that much of the analysis could be done back at my home institution. By the time I ...

Stuck inside in the lab

By Hannah Glover Lab work is not my favorite. When I was an unhappy, sophomore chemistry major I dreaded every long afternoon spent in the lab. Then I took a geology course where we spent every class outdoors exploring field sites. It was amazing! I immediately switched majors and haven’t looked back (sorry chemistry). Sadly, sometimes I still have to ...

Welcome to Stordalen Station

By Marina Lauck The first week in Abisko has been full of adventure.  After some miscommunication about site accessibility and car availability, anxious to at least visit our prospective field sites in Stordalen Mire, we (Steph and Marina) managed to hitch a ride with a couple of lovely researchers from the UK who overheard our struggles to procure a vehicle ...
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