Professional Development

If you are an early- or mid-career scientist, or a mentor to one, you may benefit from ASLO’s professional development resources. Here you will find career advice for researchers in the aquatic sciences, information about types of careers, and perspectives on the pertinent issues facing early- and mid- career scientists today. For current job and training opportunities, be sure to check out our Career Center.

Professional development materials on the ASLO website originate with the Student Resources and Activities CommitteeEarly Career CommitteeTeaching and Mentoring Committee, and the Communications Office, among others. Your suggestions are very welcome!

Writing Effective Abstracts and Summaries Webinar

By Adrienne Sponberg | October 23, 2019

by Adrienne Sponberg   One of my favorite things about ASLO is the way the society values participation by early career researchers and students (watch for an upcoming post on this!). This month, two of our programs for early career students collaborated on a recent webinar. The webinar was sponsored …

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Call for applications: 2020 OSM Journalist for a Day program

By Communications | October 7, 2019

ASLO Workshop: Be a Science Writer for a Day  Looking to win a Pulitzer in your future? ASLO is offering a program for 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting attendees to sharpen their reporting and writing skills. Mentors Cheryl Dybas (ASLO Outreach Committee) and Chris Filstrup (Deputy Editor of the L&O Bulletin) will work with …

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Writing effective titles, abstracts, and summaries

By Communications | April 5, 2019

By Laura Falkenberg and Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad Journal articles are the key means of communicating scientific research. Unfortunately, academic texts are often characterized by a complicated writing style and abundance of jargon, which reduces clarity and effectiveness. This is particularly problematic for authors with a goal to make their work accessible …

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Tips for preparing a successful presentation

By Communications | February 16, 2019

Below are some tips for successful presentations prepared by the ASLO Student Resources Committee. We hope you find this useful as you prepare for the 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting! Submitting the Title and Abstract Your presentation needs an attention grabbing, short title. If possible, incorporate the key result or a …

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Hollywood tips for initiating collaboration, Part 2

By Communications | October 18, 2018

By Edna Fernandez-Figueroa Have you ever felt overwhelmed when approaching a potential research advisor, employer, or collaborator? Many of us struggle to communicate how our research interests and skills complement our potential collaborator’s expertise in a short and enthusiastic written introduction.  ASLO is excited to share some tips and tricks on …

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Hollywood tips for initiating collaboration, Part 1

By Communications | October 18, 2018

By Edna Fernandez-Figueroa Continuing a collaboration stretching back to the 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Orlando, these sessions brought the storytelling wisdom of Hollywood to aquatic scientists! Communication expert, author, and improv actor Brian Palermo leads three different sessions aimed at helping scientists from all career stages understand the value …

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How to ‘revise and resubmit’: advice from journal Editors

By Communications | March 28, 2018

By Laura J. Falkenberg In the initial post in this series, I summarised the presentation on manuscript submission given by Pat Soranno (Editor-in-Chief, ASLO’s Limnology and Oceanography: Letters) and Robert Pincus (Editor-in-Chief, AGU’s Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems) at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Here, I will focus on a key point …

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10 tips for a successful manuscript submission

By Communications | March 14, 2018

By Laura J. Falkenberg At the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon, journal Editors participated in workshops about key publishing activities, specifically manuscript submission and peer review. Each of these sessions opened with the Editors giving a brief prepared presentation, before moving to more general discussion prompted by questions …

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OSM 2018 Workshops

By Adrienne Sponberg | January 24, 2018

Join ASLO at OSM18 as we explore Hollywood narrative elements in science communications through a series of workshops led by Brian Palermo; professional actor (The Social Network, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), and improv instructor at the Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles. The Hollywood entertainment industry has traditionally been the …

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ASM 2017 Workshop: Make Your Science Communication More Effective

By Communications | January 3, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 201710:00 – 13:00 or 14:00 – 17:00Room 303B Imagine a world where movie theater marquises boast titles about ocean acidification, phytoplankton ecology, and streambed geomorphology. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps. But we can all agree that Hollywood has figured out a few things about communication that science could learn …

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