Trials & Tribulations of International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Trials & Tribulations of International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Phoenix Rogers Around this time two years ago I first heard about the opportunity presented by LOREX to travel abroad and collaborate on an international research project. I was at the 2019 Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah sharing my research ideas, connecting with colleagues, and learning more about the work being done in our field. Conferences always give me so much inspiration and …

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A Swedish summer (with some spring and fall)

By: Sarah H Burnet Sunset visit to Nuolja with Lapporten in background It’s been two weeks after leaving Abisko, Sweden and after witnessing three season changes (Spring-Summer-Fall) and I take my leave before winter takes hold. If you followed along with my Instagram take-over for ASLO, you know that I don’t mind spending time in colder conditions (even in a walk-in refrigerator for sample collection), especially when sediment cores are …

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Working in Abisko

By Hannah Beck It’s taken me so long to assemble this post because I have been working in Abisko! Fitting three incubation experiments into four weeks—including setup and takedown, plus a whole weekend at Umeå University with the rest of my cohort and our collaborators—has kept me busy indeed! Eilea’s blog post urging us to remember to balance life and work was a lesson I really needed to learn, and I’m a …

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Day Trip to Norway

By Stephanie Owens Living at the research station here in Abisko is great but sometimes it can feel like it is hard to find a balance between work and play because you’re living where you’re working. But it is important to remember to take time to enjoy where you are and not work all the time. Recently, LOREX members Sarah, Chelsey, and I hopped on a train and went to …

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A Summer of Research in Sweden

By Stephanie Owens It has been a whirlwind of field work and lab work over the past month, but my LOREX research project has now come to an end. I was investigating copepod growth rates (a measure of secondary productivity) in Stordalen Mire in relation to dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to better understand how climate change (which will likely increase DOC into aquatic systems) will affect aquatic food web productivity. …

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Lessons Learned and Other Thoughts

By Hannah Beck My first international collaboration has been an educational experience indeed! Here’s a list of some of the lessons I’d like to share with future LOREX students, other pre-career scientists, and anyone looking to travel to Sweden. Never be shy of asking for help! The worst they can say is “I’m busy”, and they just might say, “I have exactly what you need!” Spend as much time outside …

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Helicopters, Ponds, and Plankton, Oh My!

By Stephanie Owens The last two weeks in Abisko, Sweden have most notably included a helicopter ride (what better way to see the landscape than from the air?), celebrating midsummer (strawberry cake, dancing around a maypole, and a whole lot of daylight!), and scoping out field sites in Stordalen Mire. And of course adjusting to living in a new country. View from the helicopter Departing the helicopter As I adjust …

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A Stranger’s Compliment

By Carly Olson As I board the aircraft that will complete the first leg of my slightly romanticized journey to Sweden, my mind is focused on how great the seat was that I had just been assigned. It was in the exit row which equates to easy access to the bathroom and infinite leg room. There was a catch: obligatory assistance in the case of an emergency. ‘I think I …

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Welcome to Stordalen Station

By Marina Lauck The first week in Abisko has been full of adventure.  After some miscommunication about site accessibility and car availability, anxious to at least visit our prospective field sites in Stordalen Mire, we (Steph and Marina) managed to hitch a ride with a couple of lovely researchers from the UK who overheard our struggles to procure a vehicle for the afternoon (Drs Holly Croft and Gavin Thomas, we …

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