"Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't there or that it isn't important." A wise fisherman in Olcott, NY, once told me these words. I am an aquatic ecologist who studies the "unseen" components of lake ecosystems. I study the benthos (the bottom surfaces) of Great Salt Lake, Utah. My research aims to further understanding of the importance of benthic resources as it pertains to the whole-lake ecosystem. I use DNA sequencing, stable isotopes analysis, laboratory feeding experiments, and ecosystem modeling (although I am VERY new to modeling!) to understand food web structure and seasonal dynamics. My ultimate goal is to be able to translate these tools into future research dealing with food webs in other aquatic ecosystems.