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Student and Job Opportunities
- Study Abroad Programs: Karst of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park Geoscientists-in-the Parks Internships
- PhD Student Position in Microbial Karst Aquatic Ecology: Czech Republic
- Announcing: KARMA Project
- Book Announcement: Minnesota Underground: A Guide to Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels (2nd Edition)
- EuroSpeleo Newsletter, December 2019
Conferences and Meetings
- The 16th Sinkhole Conference: New Event. Karst Clips!
- UNESCO Karst 2020: Abstract Deadline Extended
- 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium on Cave Biotopes and Geotopes
- 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: 2nd Circular Available
- US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting: Reminder and Update
- Workshop on Surveying Caves with the Disto X: Viñales, Cuba
- 34th International Geographical Congress Karst Sessions: Istanbul, Turkey
- 7th International Course on the Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers: Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association 23rd Conference: “2020” Vision for Cave & Karst Management
- International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder
- 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.
Study Abroad Program: Karst of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is offering a course, GEOL 4650 Field Geology, for the Summer of 2020. This course describes the different types of caves and karst rocks, the water rock interactions in carbonate rock systems, and it explains cave formation via hydrogeological and geochemical processes. It offers field work experience such as sample collection, determining field parameters, karst and cave maps/surveys, and measuring spring discharges in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and laboratory experience on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus. The relationship between the Ring of Cenotes and regional fracture patterns will also be determined in the field.
The purpose of this program is to provide a capstone experience in the field of Geology with a focus on Karst Hydrogeology, Geochemistry and Structural Geology. The base camp will be in Mérida, Yucatán state, Mexico. Several outcrops of highly permeable karst limestone deposits and groundwater seawater mixing locations along the Yucatán coast are within driving distance from Mérida and they will be used for the field work projects.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Geoscientists-in-the Parks Internships
We are pleased to announce that Carlsbad Caverns National Park is offering two year-long paid internships starting summer 2020 through the Geoscientists-in-the Parks (GIP) program.
The Cave and Karst interns 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.
For more information, see:
Applications are due January 13, 2020. To learn more about the GIP program, interested applicants are invited to attend a webinar on December 11, 2019 at 10:00am MT. To register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5477259358043727628.
Physical Science Technician
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220
PhD Student Position in Microbial Karst Aquatic Ecology: Czech Republic
PhD student position in microbial ecology of freshwater karst communities will be open in 2020 at the Department of Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS České Budějovice, Czech Republic.
The announced position is within the framework of a research project addressing local and general patterns in microbial communities of surface and subsurface aquatic karst habitats across Europe. Our team will mainly focus on ecological processes taking place in microbial communities of subsurface aquifers and on their role in assembly of microbial consortia of deep lakes.
Description: we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with strong interest in karst environments and ecology. The offered position will consist of three equally important components:
- Fieldwork (10-20%) will take place in difficult alpine karst terrain and will include experimental setups and sampling of streams, pools on the surface and in cave environments. The main study site is the karst area Siebenhengste (Switzerland).
- Lab work (40-50%) will consist of enumeration of microbes with Flow Cytometry, microscopy and CARDFISH analyses; isolation, cultivation and characterization of microbes; and molecular biology techniques (DNA isolation, preparation for subsequent genomic vs. metagenomic analyses, PCR and qPCR).
- Computational work (40%) will be conducted with amplicon, genomic and metagenomic datasets and will include statistical approaches, tests of ecological concepts and eco-genomics.
The student will have opportunity to select a preferable direction of own research within these described opportunities.
Requirements: Applicants for the position should have a M.Sc. degree in Biology (preferably in Limnology, Microbiology and/or Ecology). A driving license valid in Europe and caving experience, as well as knowledge of ecological concepts would be desirable. Prior experience in linux/unix/perl/python programming would be considered favorably but is not a prerequisite for selection. Candidates must be proficient in English.
Application and Contact: In case of interest, please submit a single PDF file composed of:
- brief motivation letter with a statement of your research interests
- detailed CV (including your grades and gained practical experience)
- copy of the diploma certificate
- name and contact information for at least one reference.
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. Applications will be evaluated starting from December 20, 2019. Target start is January - February 2020, although a later start is possible.
Please send your application and/or questions regarding position to the PI of the project Dr. Tatiana Shabarova
For more information on the PI consult:
Project Background: The mechanisms underlying species distribution in metacommunities represent a challenging topic in microbial ecology. Although the interactions between species-sorting, mass-effects and neutral processes in planktonic communities of surface waters are well understood, both the microbial communities in deeper lake strata (hypolimnion) and mechanisms influencing their assembly are largely unknown. Moreover, the role of groundwaters in formation of freshwater communities remains enigmatic. We aim to uncover microbial community composition and assembly mechanisms during transfers from soil to soil water and along continua of subsurface vs surface streams to a deep lake using amplicon sequencing and metagenomics. Additionally, compositional and functional differences between bacterial assemblages from subsurface vs surface flows, along with accompanying environmental alterations will be investigated. We hypothesize that communities formed by surface and subsurface streams are distinct and subsurface streams provide successful ‘seed’ phylotypes for aphotic, deep lake strata.
Announcing: KARMA Project
The “Karst Aquifer Resources availability and quality in the Mediterranean Area” (KARMA) Project project aims to achieve a better karst groundwater management across the scale of the Mediterranean area, single catchments and selected springs. The project is beginning with five test sites in five countries around the Mediterranean. To learn more or get involved, visit http://karma-project.org/.
Book Announcement: Minnesota Underground: A Guide to Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels (2nd Edition)
This new and completely updated edition by co-authors Doris Green and Greg Brick, PhD, invites readers to consider a different angle for their next Minnesota trip. It guides travelers to the state’s publicly accessible caves, former mines, and other subterranean treasures. Whether you are a sport caver, hiker, photographer, teacher, historian, or vacationer, this guide offers unique travel destinations, suggests possible study projects, and points to both widely recognized and little known underground locations. Along the way you’ll learn to see Minnesota in a different light—a light cast as often by a headlamp as by a northern sky.
For more details and to order a copy, visit https://henschelhausbooks.com/product/minnesota-underground-a-guide-to-caves-karst-mines-tunnels-2nd-edition/. Also, free shipping is available on pre-orders until 15 December 2019.
EuroSpeleo Newsletter, December 2019
It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its fourth and last EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2019. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.
Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.
You can download the English version of the December 2019 Newsletter here.
With cordial regards,
The FSE Bureau, December 2019
The 16th Sinkhole Conference: New Event. Karst Clips!
Are you interested in attending the Sinkhole Conference, but were unable to submit a full paper for publication? We still want to hear about your projects and research, and offer a new opportunity, less formal than a full paper and talk.
This year, we are organizing a special session called “Karst Clips” that will allow any participant to give a brief presentation about their work. This session, styled in the manner of “lightning talks” common at many conferences, is designed to broaden participation and content, as well as to provoke discussions among participants.
Details about Karst Clips are highlighted at www.sinkholeconference.com, where you can also register for the conference. Don’t forget, except for one dinner, the registration price includes all of your meals!
The 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” will be in its most fabulous location yet, the historic city of San Juan and the incredible karst of Puerto Rico from 20-24 April 2020. Access to the conference is also easy, often as cheap or cheaper than flying to many other US locations. A lot of great talks are lined up, as well as field trips, short courses, and more. For all of the details, to register, and also to reserve your hotel room, visit www.sinkholeconference.com.
UNESCO Karst 2020: Abstract Deadline Extended
Hello fellow cave and karst fanatics!
UNESCO Karst 2020, Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: Abstract Deadline for POSTER PRESENTATION extended to December 20. <https://unescokarst2020.com/call-for-abstracts/>
The Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community, informally called UNESCO Karst 2020, aims to enhance communication and the sharing of ideas and resources between major international conservation and science programs that protect, study, or manage cave and karst resources. The meeting will bring together a diverse group of managers, scientists, educators, and community partners to share successes and challenges in promoting sustainability and community involvement while protecting fragile karst ecosystems.
We have extended the call for POSTER PRESENTATIONS abstracts to December 20, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 1. We have received more than 50 abstracts from over 15 countries and will announce workshop sessions soon! However, we still have plenty of room for additional presentations in poster format. The planning committee looks forward to your proposals! For abstract submission instructions and full meeting details please visit: https://unescokarst2020.com/
UNESCO Karst 2020 will occur on 18-22 May 2020 in the world-class karst area of south-central Kentucky! The meeting will take place in the newly remodeled Downing Student Union on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with mid-week field excursions to nearby Mammoth Cave National Park and Biosphere Reserve. A pre-meeting field excursion at Mammoth Cave National Park is also planned for 15-17 May, 2020, in cooperation with the USGS Karst Interest Group and the Cave Research Foundation.
UNESCO Karst 2020 is managed by the Crawford Hydrology Laboratory at Western Kentucky University, the George Wright Society, and the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve as well as an outstanding team of karst experts from around the world who join us to form the Advisory Committee.
On behalf of the UNESCO Karst 2020 team, we look forward to seeing you in Kentucky next year!
Western Kentucky University
Crawford Hydrology Laboratory
Bowling Green KY
6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium on Cave Biotopes and Geotopes
On behalf of the European Cave Protection Commission and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation we kindly invite all speleologists, scientists and authorities active in cave and karst monitoring and protection, to participate at the 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium organized jointly by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) of the European Speleological Federation (FSE). The symposium will be held on 22-26 September 2020 at the BfN-International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm, Germany.
The Symposium will provide a platform for scientists, speleologists and authorities active in the domain of cave and karst monitoring and conservation. It should give an overview about Natura 2000 type 8310 ''habitat caves not open to public" monitoring procedures in EU member states and similar programs in non-EU countries. Main aspects will be monitoring, evaluation and cooperation through borders. It will address appropriate management measures to restore or maintain a favourable conservation status.
The symposium is organized by ECPC (Bärbel Vogel (DE) & Jean-Claude Thies (LU)) and by BfN (Ute Feit).
If you are interested in attending the symposium, download links to the circular, questionnaire and registration form from:
European Cave Protection Commission
Fédération Spéléologique Européenne asbl.
19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: 2nd Circular Available
I am pleased to advise that the Second Circular for the 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology (at Catania, Italy) has been published and is now available for viewing and downloading from the ISV19 Website.
The Symposium organisers have also published a detailed description of the post-symposium trip to the Aeolian Islands.
Both of these documents, and also the First Circular - which should be read in conjunction with the Second Circular, can be found by clicking on the links at the foot of the Symposium/ Indicative Program page.
This information was conveyed to pre-registrants by the symposium organisers a couple of days ago, so please accept my apologies if you already know about the Second Circular.
The Symposium Website can be found at: http://www.19isvetna.com/index.php
UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves
US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting: Reminder and Update
The USGS Karst Interest Group (KIG) workshop is shaping up to be an exciting event. It will be held on 13-14 May 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. 41 scientists will be presenting on a myriad of karst related topics. The presenters will be researchers from the USGS, academia from around the country, and scientists from various governmental agencies, private consulting firms, and international academia. We are also pleased to announce that there will be a demonstration of borehole geophysics is planned that will be done by the Texas Geophysical Team during an afternoon/early evening session. The optional field trip to the Cumberland Plateau, which is being led by local experts (Ben Miller and Tom Byl), will be a great opportunity to see the geology, karst, and beautiful landscape of the plateau. If you are interested in attending the workshop please remember to register at the KIG 2020 website<https://sites.google.com/a/usgs.gov/kig-conference/>. (A reminder for all USGS employees that register at the site that you must also register at the USGS conference attendance SharePoint site https://obis.usgs.gov/SitePages/ConfHome.aspx). There will be more details on the field trip and technical session agendas on the KIG website after the beginning of the New Year.
Hampton Inn, 2330 Elliston Place
A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (2330 Elliston Place) for $149 / night. The arrival date is May 12 and the departure date is May 16. Use this booking link<https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hp/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=BNAUVHX&spec_plan=CHHKIG&arrival=20200512&departure=20200516&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT> to reserve one of those rooms under this block. You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 320-6060. The block name is "USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop".
Hampton Inn, 1919 West End Avenue
A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (1919 West End Avenue) for $149 / night. The arrival date is May 12 and the departure date is May 16. Use this booking link<https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hp/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=BNAVNHX&spec_plan=CHHUSK&arrival=20200512&departure=20200516&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT> to reserve one of those rooms under this block. You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 329-1144 . The block name is "USGS Karst Interest Group".
Allan K. Clark, P.G.
Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, South Texas
5563 De Zavala Rd., suite 290
San Antonio, Tx 78249
Workshop on Surveying Caves with the Disto X: Viñales, Cuba
34th International Geographical Congress Karst Sessions: Istanbul, Turkey
Important deadlines for the sessions and congress are:
- Deadline for Abstracts: 13 January 2020
- Notification of acceptance: 24 February 2020
- Early bird registration deadline: 09 March 2020
- Authors' registration deadline: 06 April 2020
Descriptions of each session and details on the congress are available at https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html.
7th International Course on the Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers: Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The International Course and Field Seminar Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers will take place in the two Dinaric "karst countries" at Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The course will run from 11 to 20 June 2020. The tentative schedule, application form, and other details are available at http://www.karst.edu.rs.
Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association 23rd Conference: “2020” Vision for Cave & Karst Management
The organizing committee would like to take this opportunity to invite all people interested in caves & karst to attend the 23rd Conference of the Australasian Cave & Karst Management Association to be held at Jenolan Caves from the 3rd to the 8th May 2020. The conference theme is “2020” Vision for Cave & Karst Management; a play on the year of the conference but importantly, a need to look forward with clear vision to not only the future of cave & karst management but also cave/karst tourism in general. This is the first time that a full ACKMA Conference will have been held at Jenolan Caves so we are expecting a high level of interest from delegates, not only from Australia and New Zealand but the wider cave & karst community around the world.
Details are posted at http://www.ackma.org/conf2020/index.html. The registration form will be posted soon, but it is attached to this message.
International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder
This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever. Your participation as part of the global cave and karst community is crucial. The purpose of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is to teach the world about the importance of caves and karst. Public understanding and support of caves and karst is currently very limited. As a result, funding, regulations, and opportunities for exploration, research, and management are also very limited.
The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has declared 2021 as the IYCK in a major effort to make the world aware of how caves and karst are valuable to all people. To make this possible, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstration of techniques, and others activities for 2021.
The IYCK website is now open at http://www.iyck2021.org/. It is designed to teach the public about caves and karst, and so it has a great amount of educational information. It also has information on how to become involved in the IYCK. Please send the activities you plan for the IYCK to http://iyck2021.org/index.php/contact-us/ so we can post them on the “Events” page of the website. Look at the Partners page, and if your organization is not listed, send your logo and website address and you will be included. If you know of organizations that should be involved, contact them. The website will continue to be updated so save the address.
More details about the IYCK are described in the December 2018 UIS Bulletin (http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb602.pdf) and they will be updated in next issue of the UIS Bulletin, which will be posted around the end of this year. Updates will also be sent through this and other e-mail lists. If you have questions, suggestions, or want to offer assistance, contact us!
The IYCK has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible.
George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
- 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com
- 23rd Conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association, 3-8 May 2020 (Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia), www.ackma.org.
- 9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 12-15 May 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves
- US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 13-14 May 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
- UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 18-22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/
- 7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), 12-20 June 2020 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.
- 25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 28 June – 4 July 2020 (Alba Iulia, Romania), https://www.25icsb.com/
- Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 12-15 July 2019 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/
- US National Speleological Society Annual Convention, 27-31 July 2020 (Elkins, West Virginia, USA), https://caves.regfox.com/nss-convention-2020
- Carbonate Critical Zone: An NSF-Sponsored Workshop, 2-5 August 2020 (Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania), https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/
- 34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 17-20 August 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html
- 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
- Geological Society of America Convention, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), http://www.geosociety.org/
- EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
- 18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/
- SpeleoKamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/