Saying Goodbye to the last LOREX student in Abisko

The last remaining LOREX student in Abisko says goodbye

Lorex participants with organiser David Seekell and Adina Paytan on Mountain Nuolja, Photo by Joëlle

Lorex participants with organiser David Seekell and Adina Paytan on Mountain Nuolja, Photo by Joëlle

The Limnology and Oceanography Exchange (LOREX) programme, in collaboration with ASLO (Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) and NSF (National Science Foundation) fosters international collaborations between scientists. As part of this programme, our CIRC post in Abisko hosted nine researchers from different universities across the United States. The participants came to our station to do field work related to their research. In addition to going out in the field, the LOREX students have participated in public talks, science seminars, were interviewed for our science podcast, contributed to our social media, and connected with other students and researchers. They’ve shared their research as well as cultural experience they gained through this exchange programme in blog posts, videos, pictures, and through their contribution in our podcast.

Stephanie Owens on Zooplankton Growth

Stephanie takes us out in the field to look at how zooplankton is growing under new conditions induced by climate change, and how this influences food web dynamics.

Breena Riley on Diatoms and Water Quality in Streams

Diatoms in Northern Sweden: an incomplete picture

“Diatoms live in water bodies all over the world. Each species has specific habitat requirements such as needing a certain temperature to grow or certain surfaces to grow on. These factors make them useful for environmental monitoring programs. This is because changes in the species that grow at a location can give clues to how the environment is changing. For example, if cold-loving diatoms used to be found at a given location but now warm-loving diatoms are now found, then it can be assumed that temperatures in the water are becoming warmer.

From what I have seen, it seems like some parts of Sweden have a high concentration of monitoring stations. Other parts of the country, like the region around Abisko, Sweden, have very few stations.” Why though?

Sarah Burnet on Phosphorus Release from Sediment

LOREX student Sarah Burnet from the University of Idaho about her work in Abisko - Introduction

Allison Herreid on Nitrogen Influencing the Greenhouse Gas Production of Streams

Experiencing a new landscape

“It’s one thing to discuss study sites with collaborators, but it’s another to finally get to explore them for yourself. Viewing the watershed above and then being able to walk through a good portion of it on the way back to the field station was an amazing way to get acquainted with the landscape. It was a unique and valuable opportunity and I left feeling excited to start field work after gaining two very different perspectives of the landscape.”

Marina Lauck on Vegetation and its Influence on the Carbon Balance in Ponds

Chelsea Hintz on Nutrients in Arctic Streams

Looking forward to new field work experience!

“At my home institution the focus of my dissertation is urban stream ecology and I’m excited about the opportunities to broaden my research experience through the LOREX program. Thus far, most of my field experience for my dissertation has been in heavily urbanized streams with culverts so I am especially excited to be experiencing the beautiful streams here in Abisko! My field work will range across both tundra and birch forest streams and I am looking forward to making the most out of my arctic summer by getting to experience the wide range of landscapes here.”

Hannah Beck on Organic and Inorganic Carbon in Sediment

Slicing sediment samples taken in Arctic lakes around Abisko

Carly Olsen on Lake Carbon Burial

A Stranger's Compliment

“I explained to her that I am a graduate student working on a research project with a collaborator in Sweden and that I would be living in Sweden for six weeks in an apartment by myself.

Her response to that statement has stuck with me. She responded with kind sincerity, ‘Wow, you’re so brave. I would have been too chicken to have done something like that.’ Unsure what to do with the compliment as a quiet, unassuming Midwesterner, I replied, ‘No, I…I’m actually quite afraid, but I’m also really excited. This is a great opportunity.’ This brief exchange prompted some self-reflection about what lies ahead in Sweden, but also about the two months that led up to it.”

Source blog posts: ASLO Website. Make sure to check out more blog posts by the LOREX participants to learn more about the unique experience they had in Abisko.