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Cavers Mailing List № 17231
Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 09 Nov 2018
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От кого: George Veni
Кому: George Veni
Дата: Пятница, 9 ноября 2018, 5:56 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
Our apologies for the long delay since our last message. Things have been much busier than usual. Below is a long list of new and important announcements!
* 16 th Sinkhole Conference: Save the Date!
* New American Geosciences Institute Podcast Starts “Underground”
* UIS Grants for Speleological Expeditions
* Hydrogeology Job Announcement: West Virginia University, USA
* Western Kentucky University 2019 Karst Field Studies Program
* New Digital Book: The Caves of Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio, Cuba
* 46 th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress: Malaga, Spain
* EuroSpeleo Newsletter , October 2018
* Masters of Science Student Opportunity: Karst Hydrogeology and Geochemistry
* Alabama Bat Working Group Meeting: USA
* Speleo Film Festival 2018: Croatia
* Research Scientists Associate Job Opening: Austin, Texas, USA
* General Assembly and 79 th Anniversary Celebration of the Speleological Society of Cuba
* Cleveland Grotto Offers 2019 Science Grants
* 19 th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: Catania, Italy
* 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.
16 th Sinkhole Conference: Save the Date!
The 16 th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts on Karst, more commonly called “The Sinkhole Conference,”
will be held on 20-24 April 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This long-standing internationally acclaimed and attended meeting is multidisciplinary, with topics including geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, land management, water supply and quality, geophysics,
and many others. The fabulous location, facilities, and proposed field trip sites already have people saying that this will be the best Sinkhole Conference yet!
Mark your calendar for April 2020 and look for registration and the call for abstracts to begin in Spring 2019. We are just starting to add information to our website, http://www.sinkholeconference.com/ , so bookmark it to check as more details are added.
New American Geosciences Institute Podcast Starts “Underground”
The American Geosciences Institute has begun a series of the podcasts. The first is titled “Underground” and features Geary Schindel, President of the US National Speleological
Society, who speaks for 20 minutes on a variety of topics, including the Thai cave rescue that was ongoing at the time of the interview. To listen, go to: http://audioearth.libsyn.com/underground
UIS Grants for Speleological Expeditions
The International Union of Speleology (UIS) is now providing grants for international expeditions or other projects focused
on exploration, study, or protection of caves and karst, with emphasis on educational, technical and/or scientific cooperation with the local speleological community. Up to three grants will be given in a single year with a combined total funding cap of 3,000
euros. All requests should state explicitly that the proposed expedition is in agreement with the UIS Statutes, Internal Regulations, and Code of Ethics of the UIS.
The next deadline for submitting grant proposals is 30 November 2018. Requests must be sent to the U IS
via Secretary General Fadi Nader a t .
Complete details are available in the Speleological Events Support Guidelines, which are available with all other UIS documents
on the UIS website at www.uis-speleo.org .
Hydrogeology Job Announcement: West Virginia University, USA
The West Virginia University Department of Geology & Geography is looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Hydrogeosciences starting in August 2019. We seek applications from individuals with interests in basic and applied aspects of water science, including karst groundwater, and who have the ability to teach a junior-senior level physical hydrogeology course. More details can be found here: https://www.geology.wvu.edu/wanted-hydrogeoscientist
Western Kentucky University 2019 Karst Field Studies Program
This message is to officially announce the course lineup for the 2019 Karst Field Studies program. We are pleased to offer the following KFS courses during summer 2019:
Cave Archaeology and Rock Art , June 2-8, Dr. George Crothers and Dr. Natalie Uomini
Exploration of Mammoth Cave , June 9-14, Mr. Bruce Hatcher and Mr. David Kem
Cave and Karst Resource Management , June 23-27, Mr. Joel Despain and Dr.
Cave Survey and Cartography , July 21-26, Dr. Pat Kambesis and Mr. Howard Kalnitz
Caves and Karst of Florida , July 28-August 3, Dr. Jason Polk
Registration is now open and we expect some classes will fill quickly! Reserve your spot in a course by clicking on any of the “Register” buttons on the website. Courses
may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken as non-credit workshops.
Visit www.karstfieldstudies.com for more information about the program, course descriptions and schedules, how to register, or instructor bios.
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Leslie North at .
Stay up to date on all the latest KFS news and announcements by following us on social media through Instagram @karstfieldstudies, Twitter @KFSWKU, and/or
Please help us spread the word about the program by forwarding this message to your colleagues, grotto members, staff, students, friends, and any other parties
you feel may be interested in the program courses!
Hope to see you this summer!
Leslie A. North, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Geoscience
Director, Karst Field Studies Program
Associate Editor, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies
Associate Director for Education and Outreach
Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES)
Department of Geography and Geology
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd., EST 438A
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-5982 – office
@wkuchnges (Twitter, Instagram)
New Digital Book: The Caves of Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Announcing a new digital book on the caves of Cuba. The Caves of Sancti Spiritus, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio, Cuba includes 11 biology papers that discuss cave invertebrate
inventories, bat population dynamics, comparative analysis of captured bats, bat monitoring, expedition reports and a special focus on the piscivorous bat, Noctilo leporinus . Also completed are papers on the surface flora and fauna of the caving areas. Seven physical science papers on cave paleontology, mineralogy, geomorphology and geography area also included in the 366 page book. The Caves of Sancti
Spiritus, Matanzas and Pinar del Rio was prepared from work undertaken by joint Cuban and American teams over 18 years. Biology authors are largely Cuban and geology authors are largely from the US. All told more than 20 authors and 50 researchers contributed
to the content. The book was compiled and edited by Joel Despain.
The book includes nearly 200 large format photos of some of the most crystalline caves on Earth by award-winning US cave photographers such as Kevin Downey and Dave
Bunnell. A final section includes large format maps several of which have won awards at the NSS Salons.
The book highlights caves in Sancti Spiritus Province but also includes caves and cave research in Matanzas and Pinar del Rio provinces. It is partially bilingual with
articles in English and Spanish or translated into both. Trips to Cuba were undertaken legally with permits from the US Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Cuban Government through the work of Cyndie Walck and Alejandro Emperador.
An earlier version of this book was released late in 2017 and reviewed in the NSS News. This newer version has been updated with new papers, photos and maps. The digital
pdf book is available for download at www.calizamedia.net for US $15. The web page includes previews of the book and a photo gallery. We hope
for a printed version in the future.
46 th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress: Malaga, Spain
The 46 th IAH Congress “Groundwater Management and Governance Coping with Water Scarcity” will take place in Malaga, Spain, between 23 and 27
September, 2019. Bartolome Andreo ensured Karst Hydrogeology as one of the session topics (no. 7) with is preliminarily announced at http://www.iah2019.org/topics-and-sessions/ , which contains the following description:
Topic T7 - Karst Hydrogeology
This session deals with the recent advances and novel application of research methods in hydrogeological
studies in karst systems. Special emphasis will be focused on issues related to quantity and quality of karst waters, hydrodynamic, hydrochemistry and isotopes. A deeper understanding of tracing techniques by means of fluorescent and natural tracers are key
aspects for a more precise conceptualization of carbonate karst aquifers. Additionally, new trends on groundwater recharge and water management as well as modeling methods for simulating flow distribution, solute transport and reactive (coupled) processes
will also be highlighted in this topic.
EuroSpeleo Newsletter, October 2018 – Bulletin d'information EuroSpeleo, octobre 2018
English version (version Française ci-dessous)
It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its third EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2018. 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 October 2018 Newsletter here:
With cordial regards,
The FSE Bureau, October 2018
C'est avec grand plaisir que la Fédération Spéléologique Européenne (FSE) publie le Bulletin d'Information EuroSpeleo, octobre 2018. Ce bulletin sera exclusivement disponible
sous forme électronique, et il sera distribué à travers les listes de diffusion FSE, le site Web et la page Facebook. Il sera édité par le Bureau de la FSE et informera les pays membres et spéléologues individuels sur des choses importantes à l'échelle nationale
et internationale ainsi que de nouveaux développements et des initiatives de la FSE et ses pays membres. Ce bulletin sera publié sur une base occasionnelle.
S'il vous plaît diffuser ce bulletin d'information sur la manière la plus large possible parmi les clubs spéléologiques et spéléologues individuels et tous ceux qui s'intéressent.
Vous pouvez télecharger la version Française du Bulletin d”Information de octobre 2018 ici:
Le Bureau de la FSE, octobre 2018
Masters of Science Student Opportunity: Karst Hydrogeology and Geochemistry
The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) in collaboration with the Department of Earth
and Atmospheric Sciences (DEAS) at Indiana University, have immediate support for a M.S. RA opportunity to work under the direction of Dr. Lee Florea at the IGWS.
The graduate student project is part of a larger program to establish a karst observatory for
hydrogeology and geochemistry in support the aims and missions of the Center for Rural Engagement at IU. The student will take advantage of and maintain dataloggers in wells, caves, and springs; collect water samples at field locations across the Mitchell
Plateau of south-central Indiana; and analyze water samples in facilities at the IGWS, DEAS, and collaborating institutions.
The opening is available for start in January 2019. Please apply through the IU’s Graduate
School admissions site at http://graduate.indiana.edu/admissions/index.shtml .
More information for prospective students is at http://geology.indiana.edu/education/proGrad.html .
You may also contact Dr. Simon Brassell, Director of Graduate Studies at DEAS, , 812-855-3786 , and Dr. Lee Florea, Assistant Director for Research at the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, , 812-855-1376 .
Alabama Bat Working Group Meeting: USA
The Alabama Bat Working Group will have its annual meeting on December 5-6 at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Decatur, Alabama, USA. This year’s
meeting will feature presentations on current bat research in and around Alabama, an evening social, and training for volunteers on how to conduct surveys for hibernating bats in road culverts. Students are welcome to attend. To receive future notifications
about the meeting contact .
Speleo Film Festival 2018 and Annual Croatian Cavers Convention
Your story…Your script…Your cave…Your choice… All cavers are welcome!
Ogulin, Croatia from 23-25 of November 2018 together with the annual Croatian cavers meeting.
We will be showing films created by cavers like you from all around the world. Don’t be shy, join in.
NO FEE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THE FESTIVAL AND THE BEST FILMS WILL BE AWARDED.
All information on web page: http://speleofilmfestival.eu/
Research Scientists Associate Job Opening: Austin, Texas, USA
Public Job Posting: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180927014208
The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting
Job title Research Scientist Associate (Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV (Exempt))
Date available Immediately
Position duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Monthly salary $3746 - $6992
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Location Austin (main campus)
Hiring department Environment Sci Inst http://www.esi.utexas.edu/
Number of vacancies 1
General notes Purpose: Conduct and supervise scientific research; develop and submit grant
proposals for the Environmental Science Institute; and assist in the management of the
Environmental Science Institute.
Purpose of position: (1) Coordinate interdisciplinary research initiatives, develop and submit
interdisciplinary grant proposals for the Environmental Science Institute; and (2) conduct and
supervise scientific research, and assist in the management of the Environmental Science
Essential functions: (1) Coordinating interdisciplinary research initiatives, and (2) conducting
scientific research and assisting students in their research. For (1), Developing, coordinating, and
writing interdisciplinary, team-based grant proposals in support of ESI's research, educational,
and outreach activities. Assist in the management of the Environmental Science Institute. This
includes organization of staff activities. Assist with special events and other duties as assigned.
For (2), research investigations are primarily geologic and geochemical involving analyses of
trace elements and stable and radiogenic isotopes in waters, soils, rock and gas. Research areas
include caves, aquifers, surface water, urban environments, climate, and the paleo-environment.
Field and laboratory work are required. Writing of scientific papers to disseminate research
results is essential. Supervising undergraduate and graduate research assistants in the
Environmental Science Institute. Supervising research and laboratory activities of employees,
graduate students and undergraduate students. Driving a UT and personal vehicle is an essential
function of the position.
Preferred qualifications: One or more years of postdoctoral research experience in geochemistry.
A strong publication and funding record in isotope geochemistry and-or paleo-environmental
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,
complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative
action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in
employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
For further information, contact Jay Banner at .
The posting can also be found here: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180927014208
General Assembly and 79 th Anniversary Celebration of the Speleological Society of Cuba
The Speleological Society of Cuba welcomes all cavers, cave scientists, and cave managers to join in their celebration on 17-20 January 2019 in Cienfuegos Province, Cuba. For more information, please see the attached circular.
Cleveland Grotto Offers 2019 Science Grants
The Cleveland Grotto (NSS 005) will make available a total of approximately $2000 in science grants for cave-related projects in early 2019.
The Grotto anticipates making three to six grants of various amounts to bona fide research projects by members of NSS-affiliate grottos or to projects under the aegis of a college or university. Grants are not geographically limited.
The funds are available from the Cleveland Grotto Science Fund which was endowed by Bob & Bev Danielson (NSS-26333L). The money is available
to support research in geology, streams and water, biota, karst and other cave-related research projects.
Requests for equipment grants will be awarded mainly to institutions (schools, grottos). If an individual capital grant for equipment is made,
and no supporting institution is available, to maintain the equipment after the project is completed, the equipment will become the property of the Cleveland Grotto.
Applicants will be expected to have their project output published in an official publication, preferably the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies , NSS News , an academic journal or other similar, publication(s). For all activities to be undertaken if there is any question regarding legality or access, the necessary permissions must be sought from all appropriate
and potentially involved parties (landowners, government organizations, etc.) Fund monies are not permitted to be used for travel or in any way that is illegal, unethical, or objectionably dangerous. Awarding of grants and the amounts of each grant will be
made at the discretion of the Cleveland Grotto Board whose decisions are final.
A copy of the application for is available from the Cleveland Grotto at http://www.clevelandgrotto.org/ClevelandGrotto/Science_Fund.html . For questions or clarification contact Rich Kline, Science Fund Chair, at . Deadline for submission for the 2019 Grants is January 31, 2019. Awards expected to be announced early March, 2019.
19 th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: Catania, Italy
Dear fellow Vulcanospeleologists,
Here is some good news about the next International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology.
Gruppo Grotte Catania, the organisers of the 19 th ISV, have now fixed firm dates in 2020 and have gone live with a Website for the symposium.
The Symposium will commence on Saturday 29 August, 2020 and conclude on Saturday 5 September. The preliminary indicative program has a good mix of presentation
sessions, excursions and social activities.
The Symposium Website can be found here: http://www.19isvetna.com/
The Website is still under development, but already it is already possible to pre-register your interest (to ensure that you are advised of Symposium updates and also help the Symposium organisers with their planning for the event).
The Website also has an indicative program outline, background information on Sicily, Mt Etna and the city of Catania and information on some of the caves
proposed to be visited during excursions.
The Symposium will be limited to a maximum of 80 participants.
UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
1) International Cave Rescue Training , 10-18 November 2018 (Lozere, France),
2) Speleo Film Festival 2018 and Annual Croatian Cavers Convention , 23-25 of November 2018 (Ogulin, Croatia), http://speleofilmfestival.eu/
3) Alabama Bat Working Group Annual Meeting , 5-6
December 2018 (Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Decatur, Alabama, USA), for more information: .
4) American Geophysical Union , 10-14 December 2019
(Washington, DC), https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/ .
5) General Assembly and 79 th Anniversary Celebration of the Speleological Society of Cuba ,
17-20 January 2019 (Cienfuegos Province, Cuba), for more information contact .
6) XIV National Congress of Speleology , 1-4 February 2019 (Hermosillo, Sonora,
7) 1 st Colloquium on the Caves of Azé , 9-10 March 2019
(Saône-et-Loire, France), for more information, contact:
8) Hypogea 2019: The I nternational Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities ,
20-25 May 2019 (Dobrich, Bulgaria), http://www.hypogea2019.org/
9) National Speleological Congress of Switzerland , 9-12 August 2019 (Interlaken,
10) 3 rd Asian TransKarst Conference , early September 2019 (Bohol,
Philippines), exact dates and website to be announced soon.
11) ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments , 11-13
September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia), http://armconference2019.com/
12) Geological Society of America Convention , 22-25 September 2019
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA), http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Annual_Meeting/GSA/Events/gsa2019.aspx .
13) 13 th EuroSpeleo Forum , 23-26 September 2019
(Sofia, Bulgaria), website to be announced soon.
14) 46 th 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/
15) National Cave and Karst Management Symposium , 7-11 October 2019 (Bristol, Virginia,
16) 16 th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst ,
20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com .
17) 19 th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology , 29
August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
18) 18 th International Congress of Speleology , 23-29 July
2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/
George Veni, PhD
National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
International Union of Speleology (UIS)
Direct address at NCKRI
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
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