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GSL Chemistry Research
A Westminster student with his bag of brine shrimp.

Dr. Brian Avery: We study the development of the brine shrimp Artemia that live in the Great Salt Lake. Our major area of interest is studyng the genetic control of the body plan, specifically the early developmental events that give the shrimp its... more>>


The Research Process  Chris Gallati refined his research techniques while studying GSL invertebrates.
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A Westminster student collects brine shrimp.       Brine fly pupal cases, sand and feathers on the shore of the GSL.       A student collects brine fly pupal cases.


...segmented body. The process of sementation is being studied in various organisms from flies and leeches to mice and we are interested in what the segmentation genes of Artemia can tell us about the evolution of segmented body plans.

In collaboration with Paul Hooker, Chris Gallati (a Westminster Chemistry student) is continuing his analysis of effects of selenium on Artemia from chemical to biological aspects by looking for genes that increase their expression after treatment with selenium.

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Avery and Biology professor Bonnie Baxter are also planning to test the idea that the brine shrimp in GSL are eating halophillic prokaryotes in significant numbers, and might even depend on them for survival past early developmental stages.




GSL factoid:

Brine shrimp are harvested for fish food.

another fact?