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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 01 May 2021

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Пятница, 30 апреля 2021, 20:58 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


NCKRI is always happy to send news from our friends around the world, which we are doing again, but first we start with some major announcements from NCKRI:


NCKRI Opportunities

·        Three NCKRI Job Opportunities

·        NCKRI Research and Student Grants


International Year of Caves and Karst: Over 100 Events Completed!


Student, Training, and Job Opportunities

·        Job Opportunity: Cave Specialist at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, USA

  • Fluorescent Dye Tracing: Applied Methods for Environmental Solutions: Live Webinar Series


Various News

·        Speleology for Space Training: Free Paper for Limited Time!

Conferences and Meetings

·        Caves, Otherworldly Places: An Important Event on Cave Biodiversity

·        US National Speleological Society Convention Goes Virtual

·        NSS Convention Cave Geology and Geography Session: Call for Papers

·        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.






Three NCKRI Job Opportunities


The US National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is hiring for three different jobs. All positions will be based at NCKRI Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA. NCKRI is administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (“New Mexico Tech” or “NMT”) and all applications must be sent to NMT. The application form, information on job benefits, and the contact information for the Human Resources Department at NMT is at https://www.nmt.edu/hr/employment.php. If you have questions about applying for the jobs, benefits, or want general information about employment at NMT, contact NMT’s Human Resources Department. If you have questions about the jobs that are not explained in the job descriptions, contact George Veni at .


The three jobs are:


Cave and Karst Science Specialist. This person will conduct, assist with, and facilitate multidisciplinary cave and karst scientific and management research and data collection in the field, laboratory, and office. Basic knowledge of the physical sciences and scientific research methods is required. Advanced knowledge of cave exploration and working safely in cave and other field environments is required. Knowledge and experience with GIS software is highly desired. For more details visit https://www.nmt.edu/hr/docs/hr/jobs/CaveKarstSciSpecNCKRI21-059.pdf.


Education Program Manager. This person will administer the functions of the Institute’s Education Program, which covers cave and karst education at levels from K-12 and the general public. This includes outreach for partnerships, developing educational activities, including curricula, workshops, seminars, field trips, and lecture series, and creating educational materials in all media. A Master’s degree in education, science, environmental science, or environmental management is desired but may be substituted by equivalent experience. Must have at least 5 years of experience in conducting and developing educational programs, especially science-oriented. A broad science background is preferred and detailed knowledge of caves and karst is highly desired. For more details visit https://www.nmt.edu/hr/docs/hr/jobs/EducProgMgrNCKRI21-060.pdf.


Operations Division Director. This person will supervise and direct programs within the Institute’s Administrative, Advancement, Financial, Information Technology, and Publications/Graphics programs, as well facility maintenance. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred in Business Administration, with a minimum five years’ experience in business high level administration required. No cave or karst knowledge or experience is needed. For more details visit https://www.nmt.edu/hr/docs/hr/jobs/OperaDivisDirNCKRI21-058.pdf.




NCKRI Research and Student Grants


Dear Colleagues,


NCKRI is pleased to announce our next call for grants in support of cave and karst research. Please see the two attached requests for proposals (also linked in the descriptions below). We are currently advertising two opportunities:


The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable investigators to initiate new cave and karst research, and encourage new principal investigators to enter the field. Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due June 23rd, 2021.


The NCKRI Scholar Fellowship Program to designed to support cave and karst research by exceptional graduate and undergraduate students. Proposals for NCKRI Scholar Fellowships are due June 8th, 2021.


Applications for both programs can be submitted at the following link: https://www.nmt.edu/research/organizations/nckri.php


Please direct any questions about submission or budget preparation to Judith McShannon (, 575-835-6940). Other questions about this RFP can be directed to Daniel Jones, NCKRI Academic Director (, 575-835-5049).


You can also view a presentation about NCKRI, our grant programs, and other activities at our parent university, New Mexico Tech, at https://nmt.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?tid=230927e0-9ea4-4c12-ac69-ad180140b004


Please help spread the word about these new opportunities, 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)




The International Year of Caves and Karst: Over 100 Events Completed!


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) was created to teach people around the world about caves and karst—and we are succeeding. Today we reached over 100 completed events! Most events you can watch at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/, which has become an incredible library of video lectures and information about caves and karst from around the world. Go look!


But the work isn’t finished. As one of our partners wrote to me, “Let's continue to work to reach 1000!” That’s a great idea and for that we need your help. As you plan events or activities, no matter how small, please announce them on http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Use the simple format on that page to write your announcement, it will take less than 5 minutes, and send your announcement to our excellent web manager whose address is at the top of the page. Together, we can teach the “hole” world!


The International Year is organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS). We now have 189 national and international organizations partnering with us. Join us! And visit the UIS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo), UIS Twitter account (https://twitter.com/uisspeleo), and/or the UIS Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/uisspeleo/) for news and more information.


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




Job Opportunity: Cave Specialist at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, USA


The Physical Scientist position (GS-1301-11) at Carlsbad Caverns National Park (CAVE) will be open from 21 April to 4 May 2021. This position, sometimes called the Cave Specialist position, will fill behind Rod Horrocks, who has moved on to the Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at the park. Rod will be the supervisor of this position. This position will provide technical expertise, data, and recommendations on a wide range of physical sciences, including: Cave Management, Hydrology, Air Quality, Geology, and Paleontology. This position will work closely with the Parks Cultural Resource Program Manager and the Park's Biologist. Duties will include developing programs, budgets, agreements, and contracts as well as developing and maintaining liaisons and effective working relationships with related groups and individuals, adjacent landowners, agencies, and the public to encourage and facilitate cooperative resource management strategies and projects. This position will complete compliance-related documents. They will use ArcGIS, COMPASS, Adobe products, and related software, to collect, analyze, and manage data. Monitoring equipment and sensors will be used to collect and analyze data, including: Radon, CO2, temperature, relative humidity, pressure, and acoustic data. Finally, this position will manage volunteer cave survey projects, cave map production, and enter and error check cave survey and inventory data.


For more details, visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/598984900.




Fluorescent Dye Tracing: Applied Methods for Environmental Solutions: Live Webinar Series


This webinar series will be conducted by on Wednesdays in May 2021 from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. US Central Daylight Time and will include the following sessions:

Introduction to Applied Karst Hydrogeology,  May 5

Dye Tracing Tools and Techniques Part 1,  May 12

Dye Tracing Tools and Techniques Part 2, May 19

Dye Tracing Applications: Case Studies from the US and Abroad, May 26


Fluorescent dye tracing is used to study groundwater movement in a variety of applications.  In some settings, including but not limited to karst aquifers, this methodology is usually the first step in obtaining information about aquifer characteristics to support monitoring, pollution prevention, water resource management, contaminant source tracing, and remediation planning. This live webinar series will not only introduce karst hydrogeology principles but also walk participants through the process of planning and conducting a dye trace across applications in various geologic settings, give recommendations on how to avoid common problems, and explain how to interpret tracer test results. Dye tracing case studies and how to combine water quality and hydrologic monitoring methods with groundwater tracing will also be presented.  While the presentations will be integrated and we recommend attending the full series, each session can be viewed independently.  Continuing education units (CEUs) are available, 0.1 units per session or 0.4 units for the entire series. 


For more information visit: https://dyetracing.com/2021-webinar-series




Speleology for Space Training: Free Paper for Limited Time!


Many journal papers are available for download for a fee. However, for its first 50 days the new report, Speleology as an analogue to space exploration: The ESA CAVES training programme, is available for free download.  Prepared by Francesco Sauro, Jo De Waele, Samuel J. Payler, Marco Vattano, Francesco Maria Sauro, Leonardo Turchi, and Loredana Bessone, this paper is interesting, fun, and informative about a new use of caves. To download the paper visit: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576521001478?dgcid=coauthor.




Caves, Otherworldly Places: An Important Event on Cave Biodiversity


The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas are hosting a joint virtual event to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (on 22 May) and the International Year of Caves and Karst. The focus of the meeting is the relevant information that caves contain for the future of humankind. A full schedule is planned with many of the world’s leading experts. The meeting will occur on 25 May 2021 from 09:00-13:00 Central European Time.


Please register until 21 May 2021 by filling in this form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=u8uxn7bPZkCVHa8kP5iejSrGovX1niFDuziBG94pPU5URUU3TlVNTFVPUEhXR1ZCTjlMWU5ESjU2Ni4u


For more information contact: or




US National Speleological Society Convention Goes Virtual


The National Speleological Society (NSS) of the USA has postponed its annual convention to 26-30 July 2021. The convention will also be held virtually so anyone around the world will be able to attend! For more details, visit http://nss2021.caves.org/.




NSS Convention Cave Geology and Geography Session: Call for Papers


The NSS Section of Cave Geology and Geography is accepting abstracts for presentations at the virtual Geology and Geography Session of the 2021 NSS Convention, to be held July 25 – 30, 2021. Each year, the Geology and Geography Section of the NSS hosts talks featuring the latest research in geology, hydrology, speleogenesis, and many other topics related to caves and karst. All abstracts will be considered to be for oral presentations unless a poster presentation is specifically requested. At this time, we have not reserved poster space, but could accommodate a poster session if there is sufficient interest and enough advance notice is given to convention organizers. As we did last year, we also encourage interested researchers to bring posters from other conferences such as GSA, AGU, and ICS that may be of interest to attendees at convention. This provides an additional opportunity to share your work with your colleagues.


Abstracts may be no more than 250 words in length (this limit must be strictly met). In addition to the text, the abstracts should contain the title of the paper, and the name(s), address(es), and email address(es) of the author(s). The abstracts should be informative summaries that include the conclusions, and not lists of topics that "...will be discussed." Bibliographies and references should not be given in the abstracts. Papers may be submitted for either oral presentation as a poster. Please specify your preference when submitting your abstract. 


The deadline for abstracts is June 5, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged. Confirmation notes will be sent to everyone sending an abstract. Details on presentations times, dates, and other information will be sent to all confirmed participants after the deadline. For online details about the convention, visit: http://nss2021.caves.org/. The recommended length for the talks is twenty minutes. Speakers will need to record their talks before the convention. 




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


If you are interested in any of the following events, contact the organizers directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.


1)             ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), May 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

2)             European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/ 

3)             International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, 1-6 June 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs

4)             Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/ 

5)             28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

6)             2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 22-25 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

7)             1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to undetermined date in 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

8)             National Speleological Society Convention, 26-30 July 2021 (virtual conference), http://nss2021.caves.org/

9)             Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/

10)          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  

11)          International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress, 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/

12)          19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

13)          International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress, 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), https://iah2021belgium.org/

14)          Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm

15)          26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

16)          US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 19-21 October 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

17)          Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 18-22 October 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

18)          6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

19)          Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/

20)          23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

21)          XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology, 29 October to 2 November 2021 (Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico), https://umae.org/congreso2021/.

22)          Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Cave and Karst Session, 25-28 November 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.cajg.org/

23)          Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, postponed to 2022 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/ 

24)          14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, postponed to Spring 2022, https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

25)          36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

26)          EuroKarst 2022: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, probably June 2022 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/

27)          18th International Congress of Speleology, 24-31 July 2022 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, 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 


Bulat Mavlyudov

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