Are you expecting a typical story about lake ecology? You may be disappointed as there is nothing typical about Great Salt Lake nor this time in Earth’s history. In a new book, lake experts partner to reframe and update our knowledge base, include unheard voices, and dispense with incomplete understandings about our unique lake. It is a time of change and reckoning. Join chapter authors in the Salty Science Series and discuss the future of Great Salt Lake from their lens.
Smarty plants! Great Salt Lake plants are diverse and have many strategies for survival. Picleweed can accumulate salt from the shores of the lake and have a taste resembling pickles. Other plants, like the invasive Phragmites, form dense stands that prevent water from gettting to the lake and reduce bird habitat. Panelists will include Dr. David Parrott and Dr. Karin Kettenring (and others from her lab) and will be moderated by GSLI coordinator Jaimi Butler.
The Salty Science Series is hosted by Great Salt Lake at Westminster College and will feature contributing authors in "Great Salt Lake Biology: a Terminal Lake in a Time of Change" in a series of 6 panel discussions. We hope that you will break out your inner nerd and have a lake themed dinner or drink ready to enjoy while you learn about the lake. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night for the most creative food or libation. Jaimi’s appetizer will include breaded and fried Phragmites rhizomes (asparagus) with a diet coke (cause Utah!).
Don't worry if you cannot make this (virtually) in person, as they will be recorded and available when you have time.
*Water and Humans at Great Salt Lake
*Great Salt Lake is for the Birds!
*Herpetofauna and Mercury Issues at Great Salt Lake
*past events are recorded and posted on the GSLI YouTube channel
January 28, 2021: Am I on Mars or Great Salt Lake?
February 11, 2021: Macroinvertebrates and Microbialites