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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. This program is supported by NSF grant #1831075, 2019-2021. 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.

Impromptu experiment at Dalhousie

By Jeffrey Nielsen Here is a photo of an internal bore, or bolus, from a lab experiment that I performed with Dan Kelley and Clark Richards at Dalhousie University, as an unplanned part of my LOREX research. I went to Dalhousie to have Dan and Clark help me identify internal wave forms, among other things, in time series data (high-resolution current velocity and temperature profiles) that I had ...

Working in Abisko

By Hannah Beck It’s taken me so long to assemble this post because I have been working in Abisko! Fitting three incubation experiments into four weeks—including setup and takedown, plus a whole weekend at Umeå University with the rest of my cohort and our collaborators—has kept me busy indeed! Eilea’s blog post urging us to remember to balance life and work was ...

Day Trip to Norway

By Stephanie Owens Living at the research station here in Abisko is great but sometimes it can feel like it is hard to find a balance between work and play because you’re living where you’re working. But it is important to remember to take time to enjoy where you are and not work all the time. Recently, LOREX members Sarah, ...

A Summer of Research in Sweden

By Stephanie Owens It has been a whirlwind of field work and lab work over the past month, but my LOREX research project has now come to an end. I was investigating copepod growth rates (a measure of secondary productivity) in Stordalen Mire in relation to dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to better understand how climate change (which will likely increase ...

Lessons Learned and Other Thoughts

By Hannah Beck My first international collaboration has been an educational experience indeed! Here’s a list of some of the lessons I’d like to share with future LOREX students, other pre-career scientists, and anyone looking to travel to Sweden. Never be shy of asking for help! The worst they can say is “I’m busy”, and they just might say, “I ...

International Connections

By Trista McKenzie As I've been sitting in the Sydney Airport for the last ten hours waiting for my horrendously delayed flight home to Honolulu to finally take off, I've had some time to reflect a bit about my stay in Australia and the connections I've made. While I came here to specifically work with one person, I've formed working ...

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 ...
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