Now accepting applications for 2020 Limnology & Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX)

We are now accepting applications for the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX)These paid research exchanges are part of a new NSF-funded initiative to provide professional development in international research collaboration for graduate students.

The LOREX international exchanges will allow up to 30 graduate students per year to travel to host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israeland Swedento conduct collaborative aquatic science research that they propose. These sites represent diverse settings for research ─ from costal to open ocean, tropics to high latitudes, saline, and brackish and fresh waters. Participating institutions are: Southern Cross University (Lismore and Coffs Harbour) in Australia; the Interuniversity Group in Limnology in Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada; The University of Haifa and the Inter University Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat in Israel; and the Climate Impacts Research Centre at Umea University in Sweden. More information about each site, including participating faculty, tentative dates for the research exchange, and how to apply are available on the ASLO website.

Eligibility:Due to NSF regulations, the research exchanges are currently only open to US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a graduate program. (Note: We hope to leverage support from other organizations for students from additional countries in future years. If you have ideas or suggestions for this effort, please contact us via reply email.) Students must be an ASLO member to apply and participate in the program (student memberships are $15). 

Program Requirements: LOREX research program awardees are required to participate in in-person (at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting) and online meetings in preparation for the field work. Students will participate in a formal evaluation of the program and will also be invited to present their work in a special session dedicated to the LOREX program at the ASLO conference following their field work to share their experience with the next cohort of students. LOREX students will also disseminate the results of their research exchange more broadly in coordination with ASLO’s Communication and Science Office through multimedia blog and social media posts, as well as collaborative peer reviewed publications. Students are expected to be present and conducting research on the program dates outlined by the host institution (see Award Dates). The LOREX coordinator will obtain and directly pay travel expenses and lodging costs at the field sites. Students will be provided with an adequate allowance for each site to cover other expenses (food, transportation, etc.). Research expenses are NOT covered by ASLO or the LOREX program. Transportation costs and lodging for the days with orientation activities at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting are also covered.

Detailed information about application requirements, including the downloadable proposal template, is available at An informational webinar for interested students will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 11 am Eastern/8 Pacificand will be posted online afterward; interested students should register for the webinar here to receive call-in information. Applications are due by 31 July 2019.

We are very pleased with the early results of LOREX and hope you will share this announcement broadly as we move to the next phase of this new program. The first cohort of LOREX students begin their travel next month; articles and blog posts about their experiences in the program are forthcoming. Questions about the program may be addressed to program PI’s Adina Paytan (UC Santa Cruz) or Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO).


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