Aimee Van Tatenhove
UPR Science News Reporter
Aimee Van Tatenhove is a science reporter at UPR. She spends most of her time interviewing people doing interesting research in Utah and writing stories about wildlife, new technologies and local happenings. She is also a PhD student at Utah State University, studying white pelicans in the Great Salt Lake, so she thinks about birds a lot! She also loves fishing, skiing, baking, and gardening when she has a little free time.
Northwestern Shoshone spiritual leader, Rios Pacheco, shares Shoshone history at the current Bear River Massacre interpretive site. (Utah Public Radio)
Over 150 years ago, the United States Army attacked and killed as many as 500 Shoshone men, women and children in Northern Cache Valley. The attack resulted in one of the largest slaughters of Native...
A group of Wilson's phalaropes floating on the lake's surface. Unlike many shorebirds, this species searches for prey in deep water, as opposed to muddy shorelines. (Ryan Carle)
Wilson’s phalaropes are small, salt-loving shorebirds that migrate thousands of miles between distant saline lakes in South America, and those in our own backyard, like Great Salt Lake. New research s...
A boat collects brine shrimp cysts on Great Salt Lake to sell to aquaculture farms.(Photo:Utah Division Of Wildlife Resources)
New research suggests that as Great Salt Lake shrinks and gets saltier, brine shrimp, a staple food for migrating birds and a boon to Utah’s economy, may be in danger of dramatic population declines....
September's monthly caucus focused on the Great Salt Lake. (Getty Images/iStock)
This month’s Utah Clean Air Caucus meeting focused on Great Salt Lake, and the role it plays in Utah’s air quality. Craig Miller, the manager at the Utah Division of Water Resources, gave an update on...
Ariel views of exposed Great Salt Lake lake bed and stagnant Bear River, as drought and water overconsumption shrink the lake's shoreline. (Aimee Van Tatenhove, UPR)
An environmental nonprofit is offering Utahns a new perspective on the challenges facing Great Salt Lake, by giving them a bird's eye view of its shrinking shoreline, as dry conditions and human water...
Utah Governor's Office Of Planning And Budget
Utah Governor's Office Of Planning And Budget
Utah Governor Spencer Cox released the third chapter of Utah’s Coordinated Action Plan for Water on Wednesday, which aims to balance water conservation, agriculture and state growth. The Action Plan i...
Participants read parts of a praise poem to Great Salt Lake near the Antelope Island visitor center. | Aimee Van Tatenhove
Drought and water diversions have been draining Great Salt Lake for decades, generating concern about the waterbody and its impacts on humans and wildlife. This past weekend, a group gathered at Antel...
A male (top) and a female (bottom) brine shrimp. | Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program, wildlife.utah.gov
A group of Utahns are looking to get brine shrimp named as Utah’s state crustacean. The idea started with a student at Westminster College , but an aspiring sixth grade class in Salt Lake City is doin...
Brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) from Great Salt Lake. | John P. George, Flickr
Brine shrimp are an abundant crustacean in Great Salt Lake, providing a critical source of food for migratory birds, and brine shrimp eggs are sold across the world as feed for aquaculture facilities,...