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.
Water is not the only place you find life at Great Salt Lake. The shorelines that surround it are home to reptiles and birds that feed on the abundance of life fueled in part by the lake. Some of these critters spend time in the water and can build up toxins like mercury that are concentrated in the sediments. Panelists include graduate student Abby Scott and Dr. David Kimberly 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 will not have dinner this night in case it is contaminated with mercury but will drink a “Loco lizard margarita” with salt.
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 (watch here: https://youtu.be/hiI8DfjsHF8)
Great Salt Lake is for the Birds! (recorded and posted on GSLI YouTube channel)
January 21, 2021: Plants of Great Salt Lake
January 28, 2021: Am I on Mars or Great Salt Lake?
February 11, 2021: Macroinvertebrates and Microbialites.