...growing around the lake and about other
professors and students who studied the
algae, micro-organisms and invertebrate
animals that grew in the brine of the lake.
I have been fascinated by the mechanisms
of salt tolerance in organisms that "love"
or tolerate high salt environments. Over
the last ten years I have been taking Westminster
students enrolled in Environmental Biology,
Ecology, Teaching Methods in Science and
special May Term Field Biology on field
trips on and around Great Salt Lake to study
the unique organisms that live there.
I have developed a method of growing brine shrimp, brine flies and various types of algae
from Great Salt Lake in "microcosms" on window sills. We are designing growth experiements
to study these organisms under sterile and controlled conditions. Undergraduate students
are encouraged to help design and participate in these projects during the summer and
during the academic year. Various grants to support such research are available.
You may read about some of these projects by visiting the following sites:
Ty Harrison's Home Page
Great Salt Lake Food Web
Great Salt Lake Playa Project
Brine shrimp cysts can hatch up to 40 years after being harvested.