FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake has established a scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Doyle W. Stephens.
Doyle Stephens was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1944. He received his BS in Biology from Weber State College in 1967, his MS in Entomology in 1969 and his PhD in Limnology from the University of Utah in 1974.
At the time of his death in May, 2000, he had been a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology.
Doyle Stephens made significant contributions toward public awareness of critical issues relating to Utah's natural resources and environment. Of particular importance were his efforts to increase public knowledge and awareness of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. As a contributor to the state's Great Salt Lake Ecosystem project, Doyle's work on Great Salt Lake shrimp ecology helped increase understanding about population dynamics of the shrimp in the lake and factors affecting the structure and density of the population.
"Stephens leaves a broad and deep body of scientific work. His legacy is that his work's contribution to the environment, to the economy, and to the quality of life in Utah will not diminish over time but will continue to grow," says Don Leonard, President, Utah Artemia Association.
Another colleague observed: "Icebergs don't happen in Great Salt Lake, save one. Before he left us so prematurely, we only got to see the tip of Doyle Stephens' impact on the work of almost every other Great Salt Lake investigator. As time passes, we will begin to understand the extent of Doyle's work and the encouragement he lent to others to wonder and search along with him."
Administered by the FOGSL Research Committee, the Doyle W. Stephens Research Scholarship will be awarded to supplement undergraduate and graduate level research projects investigating Great Salt Lake systems. Applications are distributed to local and regional universities and colleges. Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their advisor or other faculty member, demonstrate academic merit, and show drive and enthusiasm for the Lake. Specific details are outlined on the application form.
The deadline for 2015 scholarship applications is March 23, 2015.
Thank You to Our Donors
Judy Gunderson & William Heeschen
Don R. Mabey
John & Ann O'Connell
John C. Schmidt
Jennifer P. Speers
Wayne Wurtsbaugh & Linda Lai
DOYLE STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
"The economics of the brine shrimp resource in Great Salt Lake"
2004 - Ashlee Allred, Undergraduate, Westminster College
"Phytoprotective pigment production by Great Salt Lake microbes"
2005 - Carla Koons Trentelman, Ph.D. student, Utah State University
2006 & 2007 - Misty Riddle, Undergraduate, Westminster College
"Microbial Influence in the Great Salt Lake: