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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.

Happy World Sea Turtle Day from Australia!

By Hannah Glover Happy World Sea Turtle Day! I recently had a wonderful opportunity to help with a study on turtle behavior. I’m a graduate student at the University of Washington, but this summer I’m working abroad in Australia and New Zealand through the ASLO LOREX program. Debra Stokes, my host and advisor here, studies both coastal geology and ecology. I ...

Can you spot the difference?

By Wiley Wolfe Watch the video, can you spot the difference? One in the left video the sensor is working, in the right, it is not. Why? What are we even looking at? Two side by side videos of the same sensor, a Deepsea Durafet, in a beaker of seawater.  What is that? It is a sensor that allows us ...

Australia’s Gold Coast

By Hannah Glover The expression, “the best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks,” captures a concept at the heart of geology. It is a field where seeing and touching and experiencing are an important part of the scientific process. Each new location, outcrop, and rock gets added to a mental library, and we draw on these ...

The Land of the Midnight Sun

By Hannah Beck Aside from the mandatory jet lag, adjusting to life at the Abisko field station has been quite easy. I’m living in a dorm-style building with several other visiting students who are field interns, science communication interns, or here on a specific project like me. Most of the visiting students come from other countries—as I’m writing this, we ...

Balancing Life and Work

By Eilea Knotts I can now check off that I have been in Canada for one full week! Wow, time is already flying, and I still have so much to do. This coming week has me starting an experiment, sampling during the experiment using methods I have never used before, and giving a lab presentation on my dissertation work so ...

Southwards!

By Hannah Glover I’m finally in Australia! The past few months have been a flurry of work, both preparing for this trip and wrapping up projects at home in Seattle, WA. The trip felt more and more surreal during the final week before I left, even as I double-checked packing lists and exchanged last minute emails with collaborators. After 4 ...

Calm Down

By Hannah Beck The process of applying to the LOREX program was certainly a rollercoaster. The opportunity seemed to appear out of nowhere, and I hadn’t even officially started my graduate degree when I learned about the program. I spent every day since the announcement with butterflies of nervousness and excitement warring in my belly. How amazing would it be ...

What Did You Do On Your First Day…Made Seawater

By Eilea Knotts Hello! It is Tuesday here in Halifax and it’s my official first day of work. Yes, we came to Dalhousie University yesterday but the day was spent listening to orientations, going to seminars, and giving lightning presentations on what we were going to do here. I probably spent about two hours in my official lab space but ...

Getting Settled

By Trista McKenzie I have been in Australia for four days now, and so far it has been a relatively easy transition. I am a PhD student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa working with Henrietta Dulai and during my time in Australia, I am working with Isaac Santos at the National Marine Science Centre, which is part of ...

Traveling Light? Yeah Right…

Breena S Riley I like to travel, but I hate being underprepared. It is my nature to worry perhaps more than I should. I hate not being completely self-sufficient when traveling. Because of these reasons, I end up overpacking. Before a major trip, I usually make a packing list about two weeks before I leave. It starts out reasonable enough. ...
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