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Great Salt Lake

As one of the extreme ecosystems of the world, where life is test to its limits, GSL provides new territory for exploration and stewardship.

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Spriral Jetty

We are committed to protect and value Spiral Jetty as a unique, world-renowned artwork, and as a place where we can conduct valuable research on the Great Salt Lake.

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Teacher Resources

We support field trips, teacher training, and curriculum development centered on the Great Salt Lake.

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PELIcams help researchers understand the effects of water diversion and climate change on the migration patterns, breeding behavior, and survival rates of pelicans on Gunnison Island.



Great Salt Lake Biology

Director of the Great Salt Lake Institute, Dr. Bonnie Baxter and Jaimi Butler edited and published Great Salt Lake Biology. This book includes many Westminster faculty and students as authors. This is the first book ever centered on Great Salt Lake biology. Authors explore the lake from the microbial diversity to the invertebrates and the birds who eat them. Unusual perspectives are included, including the impact of tar seeps on the lake biology and why the Great Salt Lake may help us search for life on Mars. The role of human perceptions and our effect on the biology of the lake is also considered.

The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery

Director of the Great Salt Lake Institute, Dr. Bonnie Baxter, and former coordinator, Jaimi Butler, published the children’s book The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery, which follows children as they look for the fabled Great Salt Lake Monster while discovering brine shrimp, birds, salt, and much more.

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