The early stages in the history of biological investigation of the Great Salt Lake involved the identification and establishment of taxonomic relationships of the indigenous flora and fauna. A result of advancements in systematic biology is that many of the earlier names of organisms have been placed in synonomy. Recent interest in the lake has centered on biological productivity and interactions of components of the ecosystem. The creation of two ecologically distinct lakes by the construction of a railroad causeway has further enhanced the biological complexity of what was originally believed to be a lifeless body of brine.
Stephens, Doyle W.
"A summary of biological investigations concerning the Great Salt Lake, Utah (1861–1973),"
Great Basin Naturalist: Vol. 34
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbn/vol34/iss3/7