Adventures in International Collaboration in Australia Through the LOREX Program

Tristan McKenzie, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Earth Sciences, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Honolulu, HI, United States
International collaboration is an important part of research, however it is a skill that is often not practiced during graduate school. This past summer I had the opportunity to collaborate on a project with researchers in Australia through the ASLO Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. This was a rewarding experience, from learning new laboratory techniques to working with an awesome field crew, and has greatly influenced my desire and confidence to seek out international collaborations. While I went to Australia to specifically work with one person, I ended up expanding my network and made new connections with researchers not only in Australia, but also other countries. This talk will describe some of the rewards and challenges I experienced while abroad working on this project and offers advice to the future LOREX cohort.