UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Dear Friends,

Once a year we extend these news announcements to our friends of the US National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) who don’t normally receive them.

The reason for including them is to send our latest annual report, which can be downloaded through the first announcement below. If any of you wishes to begin receiving these news announcements regularly, please let me know. They are sent 1-2 times a month, there is no cost, and NCKRI does not sell its mailing list.

Keep in mind that while the NCKRI offices are closed until 2 January, we hope your holidays are continuing splendidly and that you enjoy a wonderful New Year. Here are the cave and karst news and announcements of this final NCKRI message of the year:

  • NCKRI’s 2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available!
  • Summer internships at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, USA
  • VII International Photo Contest on Cave-Dwelling Flora and Fauna
  • Announcing: 27 th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”, Slovenia
  • PhD Student Research Opportunity: Croatia
  • List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings

Please contact the people and organizations listed below for more information, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.



NCKRI’s 2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available!

NCKRI’s latest annual report covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. We welcome all of our friends to download it and learn about our projects, progress, and other activities during that year. If you’re in Carlsbad or at one of the conferences where we have a booth, please come by and get a printed copy. Otherwise, you can download a digital copy from

http://www.nckri.org/about_nckri/nckri_publications.htm .

You will also find all of NCKRI’s publications at this online location. They are all available for free download. Please look around there. You’ll find more annual reports plus technical studies, research monographs, and a variety of conference proceedings to download. We expect everyone interested in caves and karst will find something helpful and interesting.

Summer internships at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, USA

We are pleased to announce that Carlsbad Caverns National Park has openings for two Natural Resource Management interns for summer 2019 through the Geoscientists-in-the-Park and Mosaics in Science internship programs. The interns will assist in assessing impact to the park's world-class cave resources through impact mapping, photo monitoring, and more. They will get first-hand experience with a wide range of resource-related projects, work with public cave program volunteers, and broaden their skills through interaction with the numerous researchers conducting studies within the park. This is a great opportunity to become intimately familiar with an outstanding caving area and join a dynamic team that is passionate about protecting cave resources.

We encourage cavers and cave scientists to apply. For more information, see:

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Internship

Dates: 5/20/2019-10/7/2018 (20 weeks)


Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship

Dates: 5/20/2019-8/8/2019 (12 weeks)


Erin Lynch
Physical Science Technician
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

[As a reminder, at the time this message is being sent the US federal government is closed and National Park Service employees will not be available to answer questions until the government reopens.]

VII International Photo Contest on Cave-Dwelling Flora and Fauna

Dear friends,

Announcing the VII International Photo Contest on Cave-Dwelling Flora and Fauna:


Thanks for the disclosure and participation.

Best regards.
Grupo de Espeleología de Villacarrillo (G.E.V.)
Plaza 28 de Febrero, nº 5, 1º-2ª; 23300 Villacarrillo (Jaén, SPAIN)
Blog: http://espeleovillacarrillo.blogspot.com.es/
Biospeleology Blog: http://bioespeleologia.blogspot.com.es/
Publications: https://sites.google.com/site/espeleovillacarrillo/

Announcing: 27 th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”, Slovenia

Dear colleague!

You are cordially invited to participate at the 27 th International Karstological School Classical Karst”: Karst Hydrogeology - Research Trends and Applications   from the 17 th to 21 rd June 2017 in Postojna, Slovenia.

Abstracts in English are submitted at the registration.

More information is available on http://iks.zrc-sazu.si

Organizing Committee

Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU
Titov trg 2
SI-6230 Postojna
T: +386 5 700 1900
F: +386 5 700 1999

Organizacijski odbor Mednarodne krasoslovne šole "Klasični kras"
Organizing Committee of the International Karstological School "Classical Karst"
Inštitut za raziskovanje krasa ZRC SAZU / Karst Research Institute at ZRC SAZU
Titov trg 2, 6230 Postojna, Slovenija
T: +386 5 700 19 00, Fax: +386 5 700 19 99

PhD Student Research Opportunity: Croatia

Potential PhD student is expected to join the international team of researchers at the University of Zagreb within the research project "Inter-comparison of karst denudation measurement methods" (KADEME) financed by Croatian Science Foundation. Within 4 years PhD student will work on monitoring and modeling of CO 2 concentrations and its transfer from soil to karst underground. Therefore, we encourage candidates with interest in geochemistry, monitoring and modeling.

To apply, the call is open until January 14 th 2019.

More details can be found on: euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/363776 or contact Kristina Krklec


Posted on behalf of:

Kristina Krklec, PhD, Assistant Professor
University of Zagreb; Faculty of Agriculture; Department of Soil Science
10000 Zagreb, Svetošimunska 25, Croatia

List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings

  1. General Assembly and 79th Anniversary Celebration of the Speleological Society of Cuba , 17-20 January 2019 (Cienfuegos Province, Cuba) .
  2. XIV National Congress of Speleology , 1-4 February 2019 (Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico), http://umae.org/congreso2019/
  3. 1st Colloquium on the Caves of Azé , 9-10 March 2019 (Saône-et-Loire, France.
  4. 2019 SAGEEP Geohazards Conference of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) , 17-21 March 2019 (Portland, Oregon, USA), will include a Karst and Sinkholes Session, https://www.sageep.org/ .
  5. Hypogea 2019: The I nternational Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities , 20-25 May 2019 (Dobrich, Bulgaria), http://www.hypogea2019.org/
  6. 48th French National Speleo Congress , 7-10 June 2019 (La Ciotat, Marseille, France), https://www.facebook.com/FFSpeleologie/
  7. International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission Geo Trip: Carpathian Karst , 15-18 June 2019 (Romania and Serbia), www.karst.edu.rs .
  8. 27th International Karstological School "Classical karst": Karst Hydrogeology - Research Trends and Applications , 17-21 June 2019 (Postojna, Slovenia), http://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/
  9. National Speleological Society Convention , 17-21 June 2019 (Cookeville, Tennessee, USA), http://nss2019.subworks.com/ .
  10. 35th Brazilian Speleological Congress and 50 th Anniversary of the Brazilian Speleological Society , 19-22 June 2019, ( Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil), website to be announced soon.
  11. Man and Karst Conference , 24-26 June 2019 (Ragusa, Sicily, Italy), http://www.cirs-ragusa.org
  12. Symposium on Caves, Karst, and Subterranean Environments: Cuba , 1-5 July 2019 (Havana, Cuba), http://www.cubambiente.com/
  13. National Speleological Congress of Switzerland , 9-12 August 2019 (Interlaken, Switzerland), https://sinterlaken.ch/en/
  14. 4th Summer School on Speleothem Science , 11-17 August 2019 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), https://www.speleothemschool.com/.
  15. German Annual Speleo Meeting ,15-18 August 2019 (Nesselwang, Bavaria, Germany), www.vdhk.de
  16. 3rd Asian TransKarst Conference , early September 2019 (Bohol, Philippines), exact dates and website to be announced soon.
  17. ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments , 11-13 September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia), http://armconference2019.com/
  18. Geological Society of America Convention , 22-25 September 2019 (Phoenix, Arizona, USA), http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting/GSA/Events/gsa2019.aspx
  19. 13th EuroSpeleo Forum , 23-26 September 2019 (Sofia, Bulgaria), website to be announced soon.
  20. 46th IAH Congress “Groundwater Management and Governance Coping with Water Scarcity” (Topic 7: Karst Hydrogeology), 23-27 September 2019 (Malaga, Spain), http://www.iah2019.org/topics-and-sessions/
  21. National Cave and Karst Management Symposium , 7-11 October 2019 (Bristol, Virginia, USA), http://nckms.org/2019-symposium
  22. 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst , 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com
  23. 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology , 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
  24. 18th International Congress of Speleology , 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/


George Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
NCKRI address (primary)
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA
Office: +575-887-5517
Mobile: +210-863-5919
Fax: +575-887-5523

UIS address
Titov trg 2
Postojna, 6230, Slovenia