Survey: Evaluating mentorship in the aquatic sciences in the context of a global pandemic (COVID-19)

Survey: Evaluating mentorship in the aquatic sciences in the context of a global pandemic (COVID-19)

Participants in the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) came together over a common interest in mentorship and its evolution, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our interest stems from the fundamental role mentorship plays in many career paths, including those central to the study of limnology and oceanography. Our objective is to gauge the perceptions and preferences of individuals within the aquatic sciences community as they pertain to mentorship, compare these to scientific literature on the topic, and share our findings through the L&O Bulletin. Specific topics we plan to address include: ideas about mentor/mentee characteristics and roles, pandemic related academic losses, modes of interaction (lab structure and dynamics), and diversity within mentorship networks.

We have put together the following brief survey, which takes 5-10 minutes to complete. We encourage all ASLO members to take the survey as either a mentor, mentee or even both! We greatly appreciate your participation. Taking part in this survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. Individual identities are not collected and IP addresses are not recorded. The results from the survey will be used in a statistical nature and will not identify individuals.

Access the survey here.

Survey closes January 31st.

For more info about the LOREX program and its participants visit: LOREX – ASLO

Survey authors and contact information:

Sarah H. Burnet, University of Idaho & USACE;

Sierra E. Cagle, Texas A&M University at Galveston,

Jemma Fadum, Colorado State University,

Lara Jansen, Portland State University,

Michael L. Pace, University of Virginia,


Funding for LOREX is provided by the National Science Foundation (award #1831075, 2019-2021)






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