Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship

The 2017 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Winner is Melody Lindsay for her research on the Effects of Changing Salinity on Microbialite-Associated Primary Producers and Secondary Consumers in Great Salt Lake.

You can read her full proposal here!

Applications for the 2018 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship will open in January of 2018.

History of Dr. Doyle W. Stephens and the scholarship created in his name.

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."



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Donations in Memory of Don R. Mabey

March 29, 1927- October 10, 2015
Served on FRIENDS' Board of Directors 1998-2000
 Don frequently contributed to the Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship
Genevieve Atwood
Jim Gremillion
Pam Gremillion
Mike Wilson
Snow, Christensen and Martineau Lawyers
Clark P. Giles
Pam and Willy Littig
The Ronald Willden Living Trust
Ann Floor
Julia Reid and Jim Lunbeck
Paul Jewell
Chris and Sydney Fonnesbeck
Alisa and Ian Schofield
J. Emerson Mabey Family
Michael and Galen Weiser

Thank You to Our 2016 Donors

Jim Carter 

Jim and Edna Ehleringer

Jody Gunderson & Bill Heeschen

Vincie Giles

Joseph Hicks

Frank Jarvis

Bill Trevithick

Joanna Endter-Wada

William and Donna Vogel

Bruce and Kathy Waddell

Thank You to Our 2015 Donors

 Thank you to Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative for sponsoring our 2015 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship event!

Jennifer P. Speers

Vincie Giles

Jim and Edna Ehleringer

John & Ann O'Connell

Dr. Jack Schmidt

Kenneth Sassen

Brian Nicholson

Jody Gunderson & Bill Heeschen

Bonnie Baxter & Donald Clark

Vince & Fu-Yuan Ciricola

Nancy Bush & John Gardner

Jean Francois S. Van Huele and Susan Chasson

Joe Gardner and Nancy Bush

Lynn and Bradley Carroll

Terry Massoth and Lyle Wilson

Kathleen Anderson

Don and Kayleen Paul

Daniel Bedford

Joseph and Constance Gates

Dave Stanley

Thank You to Our 2014 Donors

Judy Gunderson & William Heeschen

Don R. Mabey

John & Ann O'Connell

John C. Schmidt

Wayne Wurtsbaugh & Linda L'Ai

William Vogel

Jean Francois S. Van Huele

Carla and Charlie Trentelman

Joy Emory & Patrick Watson

Ella Sorenson

Bonnie Baxter & Donald Clark

John Ballard





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
2016 - Derek Mallia, Ph.D. student, University of Utah
"The Impacts of a Shrinking Great Salt Lake on Future Air Quality"

Why We Care

  • I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. The lake has always summoned a feeling of being a secret and obscure place, almost untouchable and surreal.

    Max Rosenzweig, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant