Ecology & the Great Salt Lake on Friday's Access Utah

Jan 16, 2015

The Great Salt Lake is so big, it is visible from outer space.  This so-called "Dead Sea" is a Utah gem and is teeming with life.  It hosts millions of migratory shore birds, hordes of aquatic insects, algae and of course brine shrimp. 

Credit www.ut.water.usgs.gov

On Friday's AU Sheri Quinn talks with Utah State University ecologists Wayne Wurtsbaugh & Nancy Huntly about the lake and Friday night's Science Unwrapped lecture featuring the Great Salt Lake. 

In part two of the program, we hear about research happening at USU on the ground. Guest Daniel McGlinn contributed geographic and climate data for a collaborative project, which looked at how plants have evolved from early tropical and humid habitats to withstand the frigid temperatures of modern temperate climates.