UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis


Research related news

Dear planetary caves explorers/researchers:

If you’re receiving this email, you’ve been identified as a researcher knowledgeable in planetary science and/or engineering. A research group of 34 scientists and engineers have developed a list of questions across seven disciplines in planetary caves science and exploration — these are big picture/multidisciplinary, astrobiology, cave environment, geology, robotics, instrumentation, and human exploration.

We are requesting that you assist us in identifying the “Fifty fundamental questions in planetary caves science and exploration”. Provided here is a link to a Google survey form. The survey consists of 152 questions across the aforementioned disciplines. It will take about 20 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be used to develop a peer-reviewed publication on this topic.

By completing this survey, you are aiding the community in advancing planetary caves science and exploration. Please complete this survey by 11 AUG 2020.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Many thanks in advance and be well —


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J. Judson Wynne, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes

Dear colleague,

If you have missed a call for papers for a special collection (issue) of the journal “Frontiers in Earth Science” titled “Advances and Frontiers in Hypogene Karst Studies”, it is still possible to join a group of 31 authors who have already expressed their willingness to contribute.

This Frontier’s Research Topic is hosted by Dr(s) Alexander Klimchouk (Ukraine), Yuri Dublyansky (Austria), and Cathy Hollis (United Kingdom). For more information on the article collection, please visit the dedicated webpage.

It is still more than two months left until the submission deadline (25 September 2020). Now, you may indicate your intention to contribute as an author (follow the respective link on the Research Topic page) or/and submit an abstract for your intended article, for initial approval by the Topic Editors. This is not compulsory but is very helpful in enabling a strong overview for the Editors, and to ensure that your contribution fits within the scope of the collection.

Here are quick links to:
- Author guidelines.
- List of article types and publishing fees.

We look forward to receiving your abstract.

Best Regards,

Alexander Klimchouk, Yuri Dublyansky, Cathy Hollis

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Please direct any questions about submission or budget preparation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Other questions about this RFP can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NCKRI Academic Director.

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

Dear colleagues.

We are happy to announce two funding opportunities from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for White-nose Syndrome (WNS) and are now accepting applications. Please help spread the word.

1. WNS Grants to States and Tribes (F20AS00184)
2. WNS Research Grants (F20AS00183) 

We highly encourage applicants to submit proposals for either funding opportunity by the early (soft) deadline of July 20. Applications submitted by this date will be evaluated for possible decisions before the close of the Service's fiscal year. Applications submitted after July 20 and before the final deadline (August 25) will be accepted and evaluated for possible awards in Fiscal Year 2021. Please contact the USFWS WNS coordinator in your region if you have questions.

Best regards.


In collaboration with the journal "Frontiers in Earth Science", we are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an open-access article collection on:

"Advances and Frontiers in Hypogene Karst Studies"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Alexander Klimchouk, Department of Hydrogeological Problems, Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Dr. Yuri Dublyansky, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Cathy Hollis, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

The submission deadline is 25 September 2020.

Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/13310

As a contributing author, you will benefit from:
• High visibility with a freely downloadable e-book
• Rigorous, transparent and fast peer review
• Advanced impact metrics


Would you like to participate as a contributing author?

YES - I would like to participate: click here

NO - I am unable to participate in this project: click here

Tell me more:
• Read about the article collection https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/13310
• Contact the Frontiers editorial office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Publishing solutions:
• Manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and if accepted for publication, are subject to publishing fees (https://www.frontiersin.org/about/publishing-fees ), which vary depending on the article type. A discount or waiver can be applied for(https://frontiers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51IljifwFBXUzY1 ) and all applications are considered.
• We collaborate with many leading universities making the Open Access publishing process even more accessible for authors. Click (https://www.frontiersin.org/about/institutional-membership ) to see whether your institution is collaborating with us.

I look forward to your response.

Kind Regards,

Alexander Klimchouk
Topic Editor,
Quaternary Science, Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment Section, Frontiers in Earth Science

On behalf of the Topic Editors.

Note for all authors: Please check the list of contributing journals / sections at the homepage https://www.frontiersin.org and choose the most relevant section for your submission. All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted.