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Bonnie Baxter is director of the Great Salt Lake Institute and professor of biology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she studies photobiology of halophiles (salt-tolerant bacteria) and microbial diversity of Great Salt Lake. She is interested in the astrobiology applications of extremely hypersaline ecosystems, particularly the resistance to ultraviolet light and desiccation by halophiles. Baxter is also dedicated to integration of research in undergraduate science education and to outreach efforts that inspire learning and stewardship. She obtained her PhD in genetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed her postdoctoral research in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at Washington State University in Pullman.
Jaimi Butler is coordinator at Great Salt Lake Institute in Salt Lake City, where she organizes all activities, develops outreach efforts, mentors students, and designs research projects. She studied Great Salt Lake ecology while an undergraduate student in wildlife biology at Utah State University, and graduated with a fisheries and wildlife degree in 1999. As a professional, she worked for a brine shrimp harvest company before joining the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program. Butler assists many of the faculty projects at Great Salt Lake Institute, aiding in lake sample collection, boat access, and field trip resources.