Unexpected Collaborations in Unexpected Places


Unexpected Collaborations in Unexpected Places

By Angelique Rosa-Marin & Keiko Wilkins Their collaboration was an excellent example of networking and using their resources. Everything started with the usual getting-to-know-you questions, “What is your LOREX research project?, What are you going to be doing?” Who would have known that this would be the start of their great story? They talked about both of their LOREX projects, their future plans, and soon enough a collaboration began. Keiko …

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A year gone by – LOREX forever

By Eilea Knotts I attended the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California this past week. This conference puts me at a year (and a little bit) with the LOREX program. Time does fly by when you are having fun. It all began in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Here, I met 24 other LOREX fellows who would be embarking on their own research …

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Ready, set, research!

By Keiko Wilkins After a few weeks of getting set-up at Southern Cross, my advisor and I have begun preparing for our experiment to explore the effects of increased temperature and high DMSP on coral feeding rates. To conduct the experiment, we have to travel to Coffs Harbour where the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) is located. This centre has amazing laboratory and aquaculture facilities for researchers to conduct their …

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I Am Not An Alien Anymore

By Angelique Rosa-Marín My experience has been very disappointing in terms of people being aware of the actual environment situation, but Australia surprised me! People around here seem concerned about our environmental issues in such a way that their daily practices reflect their awareness. Let’s start with their recycling system… They have a particular categorization method. The trash needs to be classified into three different bins: a yellow-lid bin is …

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The beginning of my LOREX Experience – 462 Days in the making

By Rachel Weisend In December 2018, I found out I was selected to be a part of the first LOREX cohort and would be conducting a two-month-long research exchange in Lismore, Australia in early 2020. At the time, this felt like a lifetime away. The next thing I knew a year filled with dissertation research, LOREX orientation, planning meetings, grant applications, and teaching flew by and it was time to …

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Survival of the Fittest

By Angelique Rosa-Marín Apparently, Australians do not believe in air conditioning. The majority of the places have air conditioning, but they don’t really use it-extremely different from United States-right? North Americans need air conditioning for EVERYTHING; we cannot work, eat, sleep without a chilly environment; however, Australians seem to do that really well with ambient temperature. Being honest here, in the beginning, I couldn’t stop wondering WHY I needed to …

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First Week at Southern Cross University (Lismore, NSW, Australia)

By Keiko Wilkins I arrived in Australia with 3 other LOREX students a little over a week ago. It still feels a little unreal that I traveled over 9,000 miles, from winter (it was snowing when I left) to summer, and from the northern to the southern hemisphere. My first week in Australia was filled with lots of learning and site-seeing. My first 24 hours consisted of a half-day layover …

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Seawater, smelly mud, and sight seeing: science and travel adventures in Israel

By Ashley Cohen Halloween in New York is always bittersweet. The autumn is a beautiful, festive time of year. The leaves are changing colors, it is cool enough to go on long hikes, and all the local farms have apple and pumpkin picking. Halloween always marks the beginning of the holiday season and the cold, wet weather, when I usually pass the time indoors hanging out with my fellow grad …

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Travel Themes: Israel Edition

By Connor Love I had fried myself from the sun and 20 knot Santa Ana winds all day. I had decided to film my friend who had just gotten in the water, the waves were small but of good quality. When I saw that I had to go I gave him a hug in the water and walked to my car just before sunset. I knew it was my last …

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