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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.

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 ...

Looking forward to new field work experience!

By Chelsea Hintz I arrived in Abisko one week ago and since then our group has been given the opportunity to explore our study systems from above by helicopter and from on the ground with an incredible hike. I’ve continued to nail down the final details of my individual research project and will hopefully be starting soon! At my home ...

Must Love Baggage

By Hannah Beck The weeks leading up to my departure were jam-packed with finishing details and preparations. Cleaning, drying, and counting filled my hours in the lab. I juggled last-minute equipment changes while arranging pumps, tubing, and connectors. I swam around in a pool of emails, printing, and label-making. I tried not to imagine how hard it would be to ...

Experiencing a new landscape

By Allison Herreid After arriving in Abisko, we had the opportunity to explore the new landscape we’ll be studying first from the air and then on foot. The plan for the day was to take a short helicopter tour above Abisko to view the arctic landscapes from above, and be dropped off at Lapporten, an iconic U-shaped valley just outside ...
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