The Great Salt Lake Ecology module is the product of a collaboration between the Genetic Science Learning Center, the Great Salt Lake Institute and a group of outstanding local Utah teachers. The teachers contributed their ideas to the project during two Great Salt Lake Summer Institutes, which were held in 2008 and 2010.


Jean Bower, Salt Lake Community College (2010)
Christine Celestino, Juan Diego Catholic High School (2008)
Christian Davies, Brockbank Junior High (2008)
Steve Drott, Woods Cross High School (2008)
Erika DuRoss, Realms of Inquiry (2010)
Haylee Ferguson, American Fork High School (2008, 2010)
Rebekah Jones, Wasatch High School (2008, 2010)
David van Dijk, Pleasant Gove High School (2008)

GSLC Staff

Pete Anderson
Sheila Avery
Nicole Ledford
Molly Malone
April Mitchell
Brendan Nicholson
Kevin Pompei
Louisa Stark, Ph.D.
Harmony Starr
Mat Weaver


2008 GSL Summer Institute participants visit Black Rock. From left to right: Christian Davies, Christine Clay, Haylee Ferguson, David van Dijk, Christine Celestino, Louisa Stark , Steve Drott, Brian Avery, Rebekah Jones, Dina Drits.

GSLI staff

Brian Avery
Bonnie Baxter
Jaimi Butler

Summer Institute Lecturers

We are grateful to the lectures who spoke at the 2008 and 2010 Great Salt Lake Summer Institutes:

Brian Avery, Ph.D. (2008)
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Associate Director, Great Salt Lake Institute
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

Donald Breakwell, Ph.D. (2010)
Professor, Department of Biology
Brighman Young University, Provo, UT

Bonnie Baxter, Ph.D. (2008, 2010)
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Director, Great Salt Lake Institute
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Frank Howe, Ph.D. (2008)
University Research Liaison
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

David Naftz, Ph.D. (2008)
Research Hydrologist and Water Quality Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey

Special Acknowledgements

Jaimi Butler, Coordinator, Great Salt Lake Institute, for her continued assistance during the production process.

Christine Clay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Westminster College Department of Biology, for sharing her knowledge of Great Salt Lake ecology during the 2008 Summer Institute.

The Great Salt Lake Institute and Westminster College, for organizing and hosting the 2008 and 2010 Summer Institutes.

Greg Carling and Bill Johnson from the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah for letting us tag along on one of their snow sampling trips.

Jim VanLeuuwen and Phil Brown from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, for allowing us and our video cameras to accompany them on a brine shrimp sampling expedition.

R. Jefre Hicks, President of the Utah Airboat Association, for taking us on an airboat tour of the lake.

Tom Paresi for his assistance during the 2010 Summer Institute.

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