Ty Harrison's Home Page
Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah
Biology Department

Ty Harrison on Westminster campus.

Emigration Creek Natural Area


Great Salt Lake Food Web

Click above to see a recent student project about Great Salt Lake near Westminster College.

Great Salt Lake Project

Click above to find lessons and activities for teachers related to Great Salt Lake.

Great Salt Lake Playa Project

Click above to see a class project created in December of 1999 dealing with some of the common organisms found on saline playas which surround Great Salt Lake.

Hidden Hollow Virtual Field Trip

Click above to see a student created project for a natural area near our campus.  

For additional background information available on this web page you may consult the following pages:

Woody Tree and Shrub Checklist for Emigration Creek Natural Area of Westminster Campus:

A Map of Emigration Creek


Emigration Creek

Project 2000

Click above to see a project that explores the aquatic biology of Emigration Creek which flows across Westminster College Campus.


Birds, Bugs & Bushes: A Natural History of City Creek Canyon

Click above to see Fall 2001 Student Project

The Natural World (Biology 102)

Click above to see the current syllabus and schedule for this liberal education course currently being taught at Westminster College.


Adjunct Professor of Biology,

Westminster College Honorary Degree, Science Arts and Letters



  • B.S. in Botany at Univ. of Utah, 1964; M.S. in Botany at UCLA, 1966; Ph.D. in Biology at Stanford University, 1971.


  • University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming, Botany Department to 1978;  University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska to 1984;  Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Biology Department to current;  Visiting lecturer in Botany at San Diego State University 1983.  M.S. and Ph.D. student supervision at University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska.


  • I am a professional ecologist. My research background is in plant physiological ecology. My area of specialization  is in grassland ecology and restoration ecology. I am a certified member of the Ecological Society of America.

    I was a botanical consultant for the recent, multi-volume University of Nebraska Press editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals.

    I am also an ecological consultant for a number of Salt Lake City metro area environmental and educational organizations. We recently received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct a riparian habitat restoration project on the Jordan River, that passes through Salt Lake City, and has been highly degraded by agriculture and flood control efforts over the last 150 years. We will be planting thousands of small native tree and shrub seedlings along the river course to restore habitat for migratory non-game bird species.


  • General Botany, General Ecology, Introductory Biology, Environmental Biology, Field Botany, Field Ecology, Methods in Teaching Biology, and a new Liberal Education course called Explorations in Science( for non-science majors). All of these courses are lab-based or have weekly field trips.


  • I am the faculty advisor to our campus environmental organization (Westminster College Earth Effort or WCEE). This organization supports campus-wide recycling, helps maintain and restore a natural riparian area along Emigration Creek on campus, and this year created on, Earthday 1997, an organic herb garden for students, staff, and our campus food service.

    I am an active member of a number of local environmental organizations: Citizens to Preserve Dimple Dell (ad hoc);  past member of Dimple Dell Advisory Board (to Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation);  member of Sandy City Trails Advisory Board:  member and past chair of Salt Lake Regional Trail Council; member and past president of Utah Society for Environmental Education; member, Utah Native Plant Society; member, Friends of Great Salt Lake;  member Utah Nature Study Society, member Great Salt Lake Chapter of the Audubon Society.


  • Cross-country skiing; gardening; hiking; fishing, camping, and canoeing; Utah geography and geology; slide photography; art and music appreciation; guitar, organ, piano, and reed harmonium (pump organ). Periodically I teach an edible wild plants courses, and, on occasion, cater wild food dinners. I live in Sandy, Utah where I was born and raised. I live with my wife in a one-hundred-year old house that is on the National Register of Historic Places. I am currently landscaping the house with period horticultural "heritage" species of trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers from my grandmother's and great aunt's home gardens.












This picture is near the Solitude ski area in Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah.
The south-facing slope aspen forest at approximately 8,500 ft. consists of a number of identifiable vegetative clones on variable geological formations.  The forest mosaic was created by frequent fires in the late 1800's when silver mining was at its peak. It is slowly changing to an Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir forest with fire suppression.