Introducing the Handbook for International Research Collaborations

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Introducing the Handbook for International Research Collaborations

By Eilea Knotts  ASLO recently began the LOREX program (an NSF-funded initiative, award #1831075, 2019-2021) where ~30 students can be selected to undergo professional development training and participate in a self-led international collaboration. I was a member of the 1st cohort in 2019.   After the summer collaboration, I thought that it might be the end of my training. I checked off the boxes – completed the workshops (check), attended the conferences (check), and shared my experiences with the next cohort (check). I figured that I had …

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Coping with COVID-19: A self-care guide

By Eilea Knotts Self-quarantining…what have we all been doing to help slow the global spread of COVID-19? We are practicing social distancing and have been maintaining an outward appearance of a positive attitude for what seems like forever, even though most state lockdowns began only in March. But nonetheless, we carry on, smiling, hoping no one will see how stressed we all might be. Even without a pandemic, the daily …

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Writing with Peer Support Is More Fun

By Bridget Deemer With summer fieldwork and a semester packed full of classes, there were lots of excuses to avoid writing during the beginning of my graduate work.  Writing about your science can often feel like something to leave for the end.  Waiting until you know the punchline may make some sense from a framing perspective, but you can always tweak things later.  Writing at least parts of your paper …

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Looking for Possible Career Paths – Consulting as an Option

By Eilea Knotts Have you heard about consulting as a possible career path? Have you asked the questions, “am I a good candidate to go into consulting”, “what are the pros and cons”, and “how do I start a consulting business”? The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) recently uploaded a course module titled, How Consulting Works. The module’s instructor is Dave Koger, who has over 30 years of consulting experience. This …

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Surviving COVID-19 during the LOREX Program

By Angelique Rosa-Marín and Keiko Wilkins The Beginning… Our last week in Lismore started off like any other. We had planned to finish up everything we needed to do in the lab, pack, and say goodbye to everyone who had helped us over the past two months. Monday and Tuesday of the week went as planned for us. However, the growing COVID-19 pandemic was causing a lot of anxiety. Every …

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How I survived the COVID-19 situation

By Emmi Kurosawa I had been working on my research in the Centre for Coastal Biogeography (CCB), Southern Cross University, Lismore (SCU or Uni), NSW, in Australia through the LOREX program since Jan 22, 2020, with my cohort companions, Keiko, Angelique, and Rachel. As it got towards the end of our internship, the COVID-19 pandemic became much more serious than I anticipated. On March 10th, one of the staff at …

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Balancing International Research

By Angelique Rosa-Marín I learned through all my LOREX experiences that you can make anything happen if you commit to yourself. Demanding, inconvenient, and odd positions made me maximize and explode myself to the point that I discovered a new part of me. I am a planning and organized person; sometimes, a control freak, not going to lie. I plan everything; usually, if something goes wrong on my plan, my …

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Special Issue on Linking Metagenomics to Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles

A general aim of microbial ecology is to observe, understand, and predict the distribution and interactions of microorganisms in the context of environmental conditions. Taxonomic profiling of different microbial communities often reveals significant but unexplained variations across aquatic environments both in space and time. Functional differences among organisms are often invoked as an explanation; and variation in gene content (assessed by metagenomics) often reveals dynamic relationships between metabolic pathways and …

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Special Issue on Microplastics in marine and freshwater organisms: Presence and potential effects

Microplastics and microfibers (hereafter referred to as “microplastics”) are a pressing threat to aquatic ecosystems and have been the topic of much recent research. This research has documented quantities and locations of microplastic accumulation in many marine and freshwater environments. However, an important emerging topic is the extent to which these microplastics are making their way into the aquatic organisms that inhabit these environments and the potential consequences of their …

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