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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 14 May 2021

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От кого: George Veni <>
Кому: George Veni <>
Дата: Четверг, 13 мая 2021, 20:28 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


This month NCKRI celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the opening of NCKRI Headquarters. Unfortunately, our offices remain closed due to the pandemic, but NCKRI remains healthy, strong, and growing, as you can see with the first announcements below. Please notice that some of the opportunities that follow from our friends require quick action if you are interested.


NCKRI Opportunities

  • Three NCKRI Job Opportunities
  • NCKRI Research and Student Grants


The International Year of Caves and Karst: Opportunities Abound!

  • Cave Week is Coming Soon!


Student, Training, and Job Opportunities

·        Job Opportunity: Geologists at the Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA

  • Job Opportunity: Cave Management Assistant, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana, USA
  • Scholarships for US National Cave Rescue Commission Training


Various News

·        International Show Caves Association May-June 2021 Newsletter


Conferences and Meetings

·        ALCADI 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.






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: Opportunities Abound!


At the end of each NCKRI news message is a list of upcoming conferences, but during this year of the International Year of Caves and Karst, many more opportunities exist that you will find helpful and instructive. The International Year was created to teach people around the world about caves and karst. Most completed 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 there are also over 100 events that are scheduled for the coming days and months that are not listed at the end of this NCKRI message. They include workshops, small meetings, teaching programs, webinars, and other activities you can join. You will find them listed at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Join them and tell others to join too, especially friends in the general public, to make this International Year a success.


Also, we encourage you to plan your own events and activities for the International Year, and 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




Cave Week is Coming Soon!


Hello All! 


I hope 2021 has been treating everyone well.  


Cave Week is less than a month away and is big part of the US National Park Service’s celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK). My goal for this email is to be a refresher on the purpose of Cave Week and remind everyone how they can participate.  


The purpose of Cave Week is to highlight cave and karst sites across the US that are managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, as well as private show caves. However, this year is special because it is IYCK and we are trying to show off sites around the world the public might not have on their radar. This year Cave Week is June 6-12, Celebrate Cave Week! - Caves and Karst (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) 


To reach as many people as possible, Cave Week uses various social media platforms. Use the platforms you have at your disposal. For example, Carlsbad will be using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We will be putting up 1 - 2 posts a day about the park and sharing content/stories from participating sites and significant sites across the world. I encourage everyone to share content from other sites to broaden the public's knowledge about cave and karst. Use the hashtags #CaveWeek and #IYCK2021 in your posts so the public and other sites can follow and see what is happening throughout the week. The NPS IYCK, International Year of Caves and Karst 2021—NPS Celebrates! - Caves and Karst (U.S. National Park Service), websites also have themes for each month, which can be used for your posts. The theme for June is Junior Rangers. 


I also encourage everyone to use the comment section of the Cave Week Team in Microsoft Teams to work together and bounce ideas off one another. It is a great resource to share posts, links, and photos. Everyone on this email should already be added to the Team. If you are not part of the Cave Week Team, please let me know and I will add you.


It should also be mentioned that June 6th is National Cave and Karst Day. Thank you to the National Caves Association, National Caves Association (cavern.com), for getting this day on the calendar every year! From this year forward, Cave Week will include this day to make things easier for planning and to amplify the importance of these resources.  


Another aspect of IYCK to mention is Art Contest, Cave and Karst Art Contest - Caves and Karst (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov). The link to the Art Contest page can be found below along with the link to the Cave Week website. If your site would like to participate in the contest but has not contacted the IYCK team, please contact myself or . The last day for submissions is June 12th. 


If you know of another cave and karst sites or clubs that might be interested in participating, have them contact me through my email. Also, if you have any questions concerning Cave Week, feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


Daniel Pawlak

Carlsbad Caverns National Park




Job Opportunity: Geologists at the Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA


Open now through May 17 on USAJobs is a GS-1350-12 position in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as the Forest Geologist for the Tonto National Forest. Oversee a large locatable mining program, robust Cave & Karst program (with seventeen significant caves and over a hundred total known caves), and a growing mineral materials program in a fast paced and rewarding environment. The Tonto Minerals Team in place is exceptional (I know – I had this job for the last 5 and a half years!), and the line and staff support for the programs are solid.


It’s a great job, very challenging, with LOTS of opportunity to do everything from open pit mine reclamation to Environmental Impact Statement implementation, to small miner compliance, to caving! Grow your resume at the Tonto National Forest!




Judd Sampson




Job Opportunity: Cave Management Assistant, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana, USA

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is now accepting applications for a GeoCorps – Cave Management Assistant position. This project will primarily conduct cave inventory/assessment work. Other duties include monitoring the Gallatin Petrified Forest, monitoring abandoned mine closures and assisting in monitoring locatable minerals operations. For cave work, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Billings Field Office and US Forest Service (USFS) Custer Gallatin National Forest are working with the National Speleological Society’s Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto to conduct cave inventory and monitoring of cave resources on BLM and USFS lands. This project will primarily conduct cave inventory/assessment work. Other duties include monitoring the Gallatin Petrified Forest, monitoring abandoned mine closures and assisting in monitoring locatable minerals operations. For cave work, the BLM Billings Field Office and USFS Custer Gallatin National Forest are working with the National Speleological Society’s Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto to conduct cave inventory and monitoring of cave resources on BLM and USFS lands. This is a very short notice, as the participant needs to start the position by June 7.


Please contact Dan Seifert () if you have any questions.




Scholarships for US National Cave Rescue Commission Training


If you're looking at attending the US National Cave Rescue Commission Training this August (see here with registration site here), there are many scholarships available to attend! See instructions and form here.




Sarah Truebe

Southwestern Regional Coordinator, NCRC




PhD Student Opportunity in Karst and Alpine Hydrogeology


Karlsruhe University, Institute of Applied Geosciences, in Germany is offering the following position for a PhD student.


Job description

Our hydrogeological research covers the entire spectrum of groundwater research. Special focus is on karst and alpine hydrogeology, groundwater protection and management, and tracer tests.


Goal of this dissertation is the improved understanding of transport processes of particles and fecal bacteria in alpine karst aquifers. An early-warning system for spring water quality is to be developed based on time series of the microbial contamination and the particle-size distribution. Machine-learning based methods for prediction are to be evaluated. Field test sites are located in the German/Austrian Alps.


The dissertation is a contribution to the collaboration project "HydroKarst: Development of an online particle-size measurement unit and a multi-gas microflotation device for automated identification and separation of particles in spring water of karst areas" which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.



Prerequisite is a M.Sc. degree in Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Environmental Sciences, Geoecology or a related field. Applicants should have sound knowledge and strong interest in hydrogeological field work in the Alps, hydrochemistry and/or microbiology, data analysis and scientific writing. A driving license is required.


Please send your application by 15 May 2021 including a motivation letter, your CV, and all certificates/references as one PDF-file to Dr. N. Goeppert (), who you should also contact for more information.




International Show Caves Association May-June 2021 Newsletter


The May-June issue of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA) Newsletter is now available at https://www.i-s-c-a.org/clanok/251-isca-newsletter-may-june-2021. It is has something for everyone, including an excellent summary of activities from the International Year of Caves and Karst that you’ll want to see.




ALCADI Conference: Postponed


To all stakeholders,


Unfortunately, the persistence of the pandemic, due to the Covid-19 virus, has made us postpone the date of the ALCADI 2020 symposium several times. Therefore, for reasons beyond our control, we have decided to postpone ALCADI 2020 to this year (2021) on days 3-4-5 September, in the hope that the virulence of this pandemic has subsided. We apologize to all those who had already announced their presence in Gorizia but, as you can well understand, we are faced with truly exceptional events, never experienced before in our memory. In any case, as already announced, in agreement with the Scientific Committee and the various sponsoring bodies, it is our intention to print the proceedings of the symposium in advance in order to have them available for the authors in September. Since we do not want to lose the considerable work done by authors and researchers who had already signed the commitment to participate in "ALCADI 2020", we confirm that the abstracts already received remain valid. Those who have already sent their works, and those who wish to send new ones, are requested to let us know as soon as possible so that we can have them viewed by the scientific committee and urgently take them to print. We will take care to keep you informed about new developments and detailed programs of the symposium.


All correspondence must be sent to:




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)             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

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

3)             28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

4)             2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 22-25 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

5)             1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to undetermined date in 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

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

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

8)             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   

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

10)          19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

11)          ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 3-5 September 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

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

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

14)          26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

15)          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

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

17)          6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

19)          23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

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

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

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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