Lar informed me that I would next be applying to The Institute's postgraduate research fund for two years of money so that
After one year on The Institute's nickel,
After that year on the EPA gravy train, he had a final year eking things along back on Institute money because he'd embraced another departure from the original idea for his thesis.
Yesterday all that hard work, all those samples, all the nitric acid, all those runs through the FES, all those maps and graphs and statistics finally paid off. Lar successfully defended his PhD thesis and can call himself Doctor Lithium because right now, for a brief time, he knows more about the white gold than anybody on the island of Ireland. Hats off.