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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.

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. ...

Can you hear me now?

By Wiley Wolfe Until recently, I have taken for granted my ability to communicate with people anywhere on the globe.  When I returned back to San Diego after ASLO 2019, I took the suggestions of past participants and ramped up my planning and communication with both my collaborators and labmates about my LOREX project. This was via video conference calls, emails, ...

Save Early and Often – Prepping the Phytos

By Eilea Knotts Have you ever heard the saying, “save early and often”? If you haven’t…the statement is referring to the concept that your computer work can be lost at any second. Your hardware could have a catastrophic event (e.g. hard drive failure, power supply failure) and there goes all your time and energy. This is a concept I attempt ...

First thoughts from Dilly Dally

By Matthew Woodstock Hello, My name is Matt Woodstock and I am a member of the first LOREX cohort! Full-time, I am a PhD student at Florida International University working with Yuying Zhang on an ecosystem modeling project of the oceanic Gulf of Mexico (seaward of the 1000 m isobath). For the next six weeks, I will be in Halifax, ...

LOREX 1.0 – Getting Warmed Up

By Eilea Knotts Test test test. Can everyone hear me? Can everyone see me? No? Good. This is a blog! I wanted to start blogging ASAP because I never blog. I always thought about it but never had the time. I mean really...who does...okay...lame excuse. I could make the time if I really wanted to but apparently I didn't. Anyway, ...

Announcing the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange program

ASLO is pleased to announce a new NSF-funded initiative: the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. As all ASLO members are keenly aware, water bodies often span multiple political boundaries, so international collaboration in the aquatic sciences is a must. However, formal training to prepare the next generation of scientists for such activities is not widely available. The LOREX program ...
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