Just a quick post today to share some good news. Yesterday I found out that the first research proposal I’ve ever written was funded by the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina System pending available funds from federal and state sources (i.e. as long as nobody cuts their research budget funding sources). That’s awesome news.
My project will be determining the phosphorus (P) budget for the wetland I am a researching. That means that I will be measuring incoming and outgoing rates of P (a primary nutrient required for all life forms) in the wetland so we can predict future changes to P concentrations in water draining from the wetland.
I’m excited for the challenge, for the opportunity, for the research, and also for the impact this funding success will have on my early career. 2012 will be a fun and busy year!