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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.

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 ...

Diatoms in Northern Sweden: an incomplete picture

By Breena S Riley Me: “I work with diatoms.” Other person: “What are diatoms?” I get a lot of confused looks when I tell most people about what I work with. In short, diatoms are a type of golden-brown algae with an outer layer made of organic silicon. The outer layer is a called a “frustule,” and the frustule is ...

Researching Sweden

By Sarah Burnet In preparation for my trip to Sweden as part of the LOREX program, I researched not only aquatic systems that were very different from my study system in the US, but also my family heritage. For my LOREX proposal, I read about arctic oligotrophic lakes, iced-over for long portions of the year that experience no algae blooms. ...

Waikaraka Estuary, NZ

By Hannah Glover Field work here in New Zealand is in full swing! We have spent 6 busy days so far at Waikaraka Estuary in Tauranga Harbor. This beautiful estuary is the perfect place to study how an ecosystem changes following mangrove removal. Unlike other parts of the world, mangroves have been expanding in New Zealand. These mangroves provide many ...

Learning to Roll with the Punches

By Emily Chua So far, my time in Halifax has been a (somewhat comical) real-life demonstration of Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  From having my equipment waylaid by customs, to contracting the worst stomach virus I’ve had since childhood, my first two weeks here have been anything but expected. Let’s start with the shipping drama.  ...
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