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Here is the latest news:
- International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder and Call for Papers
- KarstLink Update!
- New Book: Karstology in the Classical Karst
Research, Student, and Job Opportunities
- NCKRI National Seed Grant Program: Request for Proposals
- Lincoln National Forest Cave Specialist Position Now Open
Conferences and Meetings
- International Congress of Speleology: Call for Abstracts and New Video
- KARST 2020 Goes Virtual: Registration Open
- Carbonate Critical Zone Workshop Goes Virtual
- Central Asian Speleological Forum: Postponed
- Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference: Postponed
- 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.
International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder and Call for Papers
The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is next year. It has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible. One way is to send manuscripts representing new advances, insights, and challenges in all fields of cave and karst research topics by visiting https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs/. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2020.
For more information on the IYCK and ta downloadable leaflet and planning guide in multiple languages, see www.iyck2021.org.
George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
You might have wondered how to find data on caves? How to connect the caves to the documents that speak of them? How to create links between scientific observations, the measurements made by the sensors and the cavities in which these observations were made? How to share data between databases that have been designed independently of each other? How to apply one query to a group?
If you are interested in these important question, you may want to get involved with KarstLink Subcommission of the International Union of Speleology. Its website has been updated and offers a lot of information and opportunities. For more details:
New Book: Karstology in the Classical Karst
Now available, Karstology in the Classical Karst in an overview of research findings of recent years of researchers from Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Postojna, Slovenia, and edited by Martin Knez, Bojan Otoničar, Metka Petrič, Tanja Pipan, and Tadej Slabe.
This 12-chapter, 222-page book presents the latest advances in the Classical Karst. It features interdisciplinary investigations carried out on the karst surface, subsurface, caves, and associated waters. It covers various topics, such as analysis of karst processes, including the mineralogical and lithological characteristics of sediments and carbonate rocks; structural geological mapping; detecting the old traces of paleokarst; the formation of karst surfaces in a variety of types of rock and conditions; and the evolution of karst, which can aid in dating sediments, and in tracing aquifers using artificial and natural tracers.
In addition, the book provides detailed information on the use and development of various research methods, ranging from comprehensive field research, long-term measurements, and laboratory analyses to computer and laboratory modeling. Integrating karst geology, geomorphology, hydrology, ecology, speleobiology, and microbiology research, these methods provide readers with a far deeper understanding of karst terrains.
For more information visit: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030268268
NCKRI National Seed Grant Program: Request for Proposals
NCKRI is pleased to announce our next round of seed grants in support of cave and karst research. The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable new cave and karst research, and encourage new principal investigators to enter the field.
Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due August 10th, 2020. Applications can be submitted at the following link: https://www.nmt.edu/research/organizations/nckri.php
We will also have another call for graduate and undergraduate student grants (the NCKRI Scholar Fellowship Program); that RFP will be announced later this year.
Please help spread the word about this opportunity, and please consider applying yourselves!
Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science
Academic Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
314 Mineral Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM 87801
Lincoln National Forest Cave Specialist Position Now Open
Cave and Karst Community,
The Lincoln National Forest is currently accepting applications for the Forest Cave Program Manager (Cave Specialist) position. This position is stationed in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA. The selectee will be responsible for all aspects of the management of caves and karst resources on the Lincoln National Forest. Please see the position announcement for further information. This announcement is open to the public. Applications must be made through USAJobs.gov and will be accepted through 6/24/2020. Please distribute this email to all that may be interested, including any cave related email lists you may know of. Help us find some highly qualified candidates for this great opportunity to manage some world class cave resources. Let me know if you have any questions. You can follow the link below to the listing.
Vacancy Announcement Period: 06/18/20 – 06/24/20
Position Title: Interdisciplinary Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist, GS-101-401-9/11
Vacancy Announcement Number: 20-R3SVJUN-4011301-11-DP
USAJOBS link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/571273900
International Congress of Speleology: Call for Abstracts and New Video
The International Congress of Speleology will be held next year in France. In addition to its usual status as the world’s most significant speleological conference, next year it will also be the main event for the International Year of Caves and Karst. However, some planning for the congress is delayed by COVID-19 and your patience and understanding is appreciated. Because of those delays, the deadline for abstracts is postponed until 31 August 2020. You will definitely want to send your abstracts and papers. The proceedings of the congresses are the largest single conference contribution to speleology with over 18,000 pages of information since the first congress in 1953. To download any or all of those proceedings, visit https://www.uis-speleo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=417. To become part of the future of speleology by sending your abstract to the next congress, go to https://uis2021.speleos.fr/conference-scientifique/ for instructions and details.
For general information about the congress visit https://uis2021.speleos.fr/, where you can watch the new congress video. It is also accessible at https://youtu.be/_JuCKb67Z1I.
KARST 2020 Goes Virtual: Registration Open
Western Kentucky University, the George Wright Society, and the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve invite you to attend Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community to be held online August 18-20, 2020. The meeting will be hosted via Zoom Web Conferencing for three, half-day sessions that include technical presentations, flash-talks, interactive workshops, and virtual field trips as well as access to all related online resources produced in preparation for and during the meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is 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, with a special focus on supporting UNESCO science programs. The meeting will bring together (virtually) 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.
All those interested in participating are welcome to join us online! Registration, schedule, and detailed information are available at karst2020.com.
Carbonate Critical Zone Workshop Goes Virtual
Originally scheduled for 2-5 August 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the Carbonate Critical Zone Workshop has been changed to a virtual meeting that will begin in August and end in September 2020. For details about the meeting, visit https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/.
Central Asian Speleological Forum: Postponed
This celebration of 50 years of speleology in Central Asia is being postponed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exact dates have not been set yet, but it is now planned for August 2021 in the same special location of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. For more information about this conference, visit https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/.
Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference: Postponed
Originally scheduled for 12-15 July 2020 in Innsbruck, Austria, the Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference is postponed to July 2021. For more information visit https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
If you are interested in any of the following events, contact them directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.
- Karst Field Studies Program (4 one-week courses), 7 June – 10 July 2020 (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com.
- US National Speleological Society Virtual Annual Convention, 27-31 July 2020, https://nsscon2020.org/
- Carbonate Critical Zone: An NSF-Sponsored Workshop, August-September 2020 (virtual meeting), https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/
- Karst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 15-21 August 2020 (virtual meeting), https://unescokarst2020.com/
- 9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 8-11 September 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves
- 14th Balkan Cavers’, 9-13 September 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/
- Geological Society of America Convention, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), http://www.geosociety.org/
- European Cave Rescue Association Meeting 2020, 12-15 November 2020 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/
- 1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro.
- International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs.
- 7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.
- 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 12-16 April 2021 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com
- US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 2021 (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
- 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to spring 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/
- Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/
- 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/
- EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
- Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, July 2021 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/
- 18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/
- Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/
- 34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 16-20 August 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html
- 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, tentatively August or September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
- Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm
- Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/
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
Titov trg 2
Postojna, 6230 Slovenia