PhD Students from the U.S. on international exchange

American doctoral students come to Umeå to form new research collaborations 

Water Sampling with LOREX student at Lake Almerga, Photo by Emma Brisdion

Water Sampling with LOREX student at Lake Almerga, Photo by Emma Brisdion

Twelve doctoral students from the United States will visit Umeå University’s Climate Impacts Research Centre this summer to form new research collaborations. The projects will mostly focus on the role of arctic lakes and rivers in the carbon cycle.

The visits come through an experimental program named Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange. The exchange has been organized by the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in response to observations that doctoral students are not being trained to address international problems. International problems are common for lakes and rivers because many lay across national boundaries.

LOREX collaborations map, Graphic by David Seekell

LOREX collaborations map, Graphic by David Seekell

“We are very excited to host these students” says Professor Jan Karlsson, Director of the Climate Impacts Research Centre. “This exchange will fill an important educational need for these future research leaders while also generating significant international visibility for Umeå University and the Climate Impacts Research Centre.”

Research Symposium in Umeå held by the students

The students will hold a symposium at Umeå university on June 14 to introduce their research interests to students and faculty at Umeå University. Dr. Adina Paytan, an oceanographer from the University of California, will give the keynote. The symposium will run from 14:00 to 16:00 in the Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) and is open to the public.

“Umea has a strong strategic position for addressing emerging questions about the aquatic ecosystems, especially the impacts of climate change on lakes and rivers” says Professor Michael Pace, President of ASLO and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. “This is why ASLO is excited to send students to Umeå where they can benefit from working at a major research university with unique access to boreal and Arctic ecosystems.”

The Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange will run for three years total, with students also visiting Israel, Australia, and Canada.

The partners

About the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography: ASLO is the largest professional society for scientists studying oceans, lakes, and rivers, with over 4300 members from 60 countries. More information about the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange is found on the ASLO website.

About Climate Impact Research Centre