Hi blogosphere! It’s been awhile since my last post, but in that time I successfully defended and completed my Masters Thesis! It was a long process and is already starting to seem so long ago now. The days leading up to my defense were anxiety driven, but I was surprisingly calm the day of. Now I am working on turning the thesis into a manuscript for submission and preparing a talk about our results for the Society for Freshwater Science conference in Raleigh, NC this week!
This summer also marks the beginning of my PhD journey and although I am not starting on a completely different project it almost feels as if I am starting all over. For field work this summer I am continuing to look at nitrogen processing on a microhabitat scale and also assessing changes in the microbial community composition on this scale. I have been busy making piezometers this past week to use in the field this summer to measure dissolved oxygen concentrations and the vertical hydrological gradient in the microhabitats.
So I have been stuck in lab this first part of the summer term prepping materials and wrapping up my thesis, but I have gotten to go out in the field a few times with Kevin to help sample. I love sampling even when it is long days and I can’t wait to get back in the field this summer and update you guys as we travel to field sites across the U.S.!
Bye for now! -Erin