Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship

2015 DSS winner Chris Mansfield, photo courtesy of Charles Uibel 2015 DSS winner Chris Mansfield, photo courtesy of Charles Uibel

The winner of the 2015 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship is Chris Mansfield!

Please help us acknowledge and celebrate the research of Chris Mansfield, who under the guidance of Frank Black, is investigating the high concentrations of methyl mercury in Great Salt Lake waters. You can read the entire proposal here : 

Is photo-­degradation an important control on methylmercury in the Great Salt Lake?







Click here to donate. With your help, FRIENDS can continue to support and promote research critical to the conservation of Great Salt Lake.



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.

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Thank You to Our Donors

Community Foundation of Utah

James Ehleringer

Judy Gunderson & William Heeschen

Vince Giles

Don R. Mabey

John & Ann O'Connell

Kenneth Sassen

John C. Schmidt

Jennifer P. Speers

Wayne Wurtsbaugh & Linda Lai




2003 - Henry Hyochang Lee, Ph.D. student, University of Utah
"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
"Place attachment among neighbors of Great Salt Lake and its environs"

2006 & 2007 - Misty Riddle, Undergraduate, Westminster College
"Microbial Influence in the Great Salt Lake:
Identification of Great Salt Lake Microbes Associated with the Brine Shrimp, Artemia Franciscana"
2008 - Christy Cottrell, Undergraduate Weber State College
"Metagenomic diversification of Great Salt Lake Brine Flies"
2009 - Gregory T. Carling, Ph.D. student, University of Utah
"Mercury Cycling in Wetlands Adjacent to the Great Salt Lake"
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2010 - Richard Beau Anderson, M.Sc. student, University of Utah
"Recharge source, age, and projected flow path of submarine groundwater discharge to Great Salt Lake"

2011 - Anthony J. Roberts, Ph.D. student, Utah State University
"Origin of Waterfowl Wintering on Great Salt Lake: A Stable Isotope Approach"

2012 - Rebekah Downard, Ph.D. student, Utah State University
"Determining the Impact of Impoundment and Water Management on Wetland Condition around the Great Salt Lake, Utah"
2013 - Joel Pierson, M.Sc. student, University of Utah
"Nutrient Cycling in Willard Spur, Great Salt Lake, Utah"
2014 - Christine Rohal, M.Sc. student, Utah State University
"Effective methods for control of the widespread invasive grass, Phragmites australis: A large-scale, multi-year experiment to improve restoration of native wetland plant communities in Great Salt Lake wetlands"
2015 - Chris Mansfield, Undergraduate, Westminster College
Is photo-degradation an important control on methylmercury in the Great Salt Lake?