Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX)

About the Program

Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) is an NSF-funded initiative (award #1831075, 2019-2021) to provide training in international research for graduate students. Graduate student research is often constrained by the resources, ideas, and culture of the home institution. International collaborations enhance graduate students’ ability to think critically and creatively, make cross-disciplinary connections, and stretch one's field of view while gaining competency in an international environment and increasing their network of colleagues.

The ASLO LOREX program aims to foster international research collaborations through professional development training open to the all ASLO student members and to provide a competitive paid research exchanges opportunity for select graduate students. Professional development training will occur through webinars, web resources, and conference workshops. The paid international research exchanges will allow up to 30 graduate students (US citizens or permanent residents) studying in a US institute per year to travel to one of seven international host institutions to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science.

Check out the list of host sites and collaborators!

Professional Development Training

International collaboration requires critical skills in communication, cultural sensitivity, building and maintaining collaborations, and an understanding of logistical considerations. The LOREX program will offer training opportunities – both virtual and in-person – in these skills areas and will be open to all graduate students. Webinars with leaders from the ASLO community with a successful history of international collaborations, as well as government representatives and social scientists who study international collaborations, will occur throughout the year. An in-person orientation will occur at the 2024 ASLO Summer Meeting in Madison, WI, USA 1-7 June 2024

9 November Applications open
20 November Informational Webinar (Please RSVP here)
3 January Applications due (midnight EST)
mid-January LOREX cohort selected
early February Participants submit abstracts to ASLO Summer Meeting and register for orientation
Spring Online preparation for fieldwork
1-7 June Orientation and ASLO Summer Meeting
Summer 2024 Exchanges

Resources and Reports


LOREX is made possible by NSF award #1831075. Additional funds for on-site housing and activities has been provided by Dalhousie University and the Climate Impacts Research Center.


Recent LOREX Articles

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