CC&E Student to Participate in Prestigious International Research Program

Hannah Dye

Hometown: Los Alamos, New Mexico

High School: Los Alamos High

Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2020


The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography recently announced the participants of their inaugural Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange program, or LOREX. Hannah Dye, a first-year graduate student in the College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, was one of 27 students chosen as the first cohort to collaborate and pursue unique aquatic sciences research of map showing the locations of students across the world who are a part of the research program

Dye will be studying the influences of organic matter sources on dissolved inorganic carbon in the carbon budget of a boreal lake system. She will be working with the Climate Impact Research Center in Abisko, in northern Sweden, taking underwater sediment cores and water samples from the lakes of that region over certain intervals to analyze whether the organic matter coming into the lakes from the rivers is influencing the productivity of the sediment.

Dye, who is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, believes this work will also apply to her graduate thesis.headshot photo of hannah

“It’s going to make this really interesting contrast with my thesis because my thesis study area is the Mississippi River plume and I’m doing something very similar with [sampling the sediment over time]. So, I’m excited to see exactly how different it’ll be,” Dye said. 

She first joined CC&E to work with Kanchan Maiti, associate professor of oceanography and coastal sciences, who was proud to hear of her achievement.

“The hard work that Hannah is doing on coastal carbon input is already impacting the study of ocean acidification along Louisiana coast. And, the research she will do in boreal lakes for the LOREX program will serve to make her an even more a well-rounded water chemist with experience in both fresh and saltwater environments,” said Maiti.

The LOREX program is funded by the National Science Foundation and was initiated to further international research collaboration. It includes graduate students from 24 U.S. institutions, which will collaborate with 25 labs in six host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israel and Sweden. Participants will study at their host institution for 4-8 weeks.