Cave and Karst News and Announcements for March 28, 2023
- NCKRI Seed Grant request for proposals
- Downloadable Hydrogeology 101 Textbook
- Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium: March 31,2023
- Student Support NSS Convention: April 9, 2023
- Karst Field Studies: May 31, 2023
Upcoming events, announcements, and MORE!
17th Sinkhole Conference
Tampa, Florida, USA
Day passes available
4th International Planetary Caves Conference
Haria Municipality, Lanzarote, Spain
May 4-7, 2023
Karst Field Studies
Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA
White-Nose Syndrome Annual Meeting
Palm Springs, CA, USA
June 5-8, 2023
2023 NSS Convention
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
June 26-30, 2023
The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is pleased to announce our next call for grants in support of cave and karst research. Please see the attached request for proposals (also linked in the description below).
The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable investigators to initiate new cave and karst research, and incentivize new principal investigators to enter the field. We especially encourage projects within the National Park System. Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due May 17th, 2023. Applications 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).
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old.
Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.
• Positions last 8 months to 1 year
• Weekly stipend: $500+ (full time)
• Travel and training allowance: $2,750
• Housing allowance: $1,000/month
• Commuting allowance: $50/month
• Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program
The USDA Forest Service - Resource Assistant Program is accepting applications for Geologist Assistant internship position with a focus on caves and karst. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in conservation, natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, and more.
This project seeks a RAP participant to assist with the administration of the caves & karst program and geoscience internships in the USDA Forest Service (FS). Work will involve GIS/LiDAR, research, data management, communication, writing, web content development, and information sharing. The internship will focus on the management and/or assessment of geologic resources, especially cave and karst. The participant will also assist with the management of a national geoscience internship. The goal of the project is to provide support to Forest Service units as they make management decisions regarding caves and karst landscapes. The participant will have the opportunity to work with program leads at the Washington Office: Minerals and Geology Management Office.
Hydrogeology 101: Introduction to Groundwater Science and Engineering
Hydrogeology 101, written by Neven Kresic, is a college textbook introducing basic concepts in groundwater science and engineering with 16 lectures, the duration of a typical one or two-semester course at American universities. It covers introduction to hydrogeology, groundwater use, principles of groundwater flow, aquifers and aquitards, groundwater recharge and discharge including springs, groundwater chemistry, groundwater contamination and remediation, field investigations, groundwater in water supply, and guest lecture on groundwater drought in California by Alex Mikszewski.
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
April 9, 2023
Karst – Approaches and Conceptual Models
Did you know the NSS has a fund available to help support students attend convention? It is primarily funded by donations from other convention attendees! More information and the request form can be found below. If you have any other questions please email the Student Support Committee at . If accepted, you will receive a discount code for to use with registration.
- Support is limited to NSS members that are full-time students aged 18 through 25.
- Students must provide a copy of their current student ID & driver’s license.
- Requests must be received by April 9th, 2023.
- Support will be up to 1/2 of the cost of registration and will be dependent on available funds
- This is independent of the first-time attendee discount.
Dr. Andy Farrant, British Geological Survey;
Prof. John Gunn, University of Birmingham
A look at the underground Wakulla Springs cave system
Cave Bear Symposium: Germany
Dear Cave Bear Friends,
in 2023 we will meet at the Urwelt-Museum Oberfranken, it is the regional museum for natural history and mineralogy in Upper Franconia.
Founded in 1833 as Kreis-Naturalien-Cabinet, reopened in 1998 as Urwelt-Museum Oberfranken.
The museum in the pedestrian zone of Bayreuth shows on 3 floors the history of the animate and inanimate nature of Upper Franconia by means of many fossils and minerals. The contents are made experienceable, also by numerous hands-on exhibits, for children, adults and professional audience.
Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium
Tampa, Florida, USA
27-31, March, 2023
Sinkhole Conference: On Site Registration and Day Passes Available
If you can’t come until the last minute, that is OK. On-site registration is available, as are day passes if you can’t stay for the full week. Go to www.sinkholeconference.com where you’ll find complete information about the conference. The Deadlines and Announcements tab at the top of the website will give you information on where to find us on campus, plus parking options and other useful news. Online registration is also available at the top of the website.
We hope to see you soon in Tampa!
17th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst,
27-31 March 2023
Tampa, Florida, USA
Arqus Karst and Speleology Summer School
Applied by 16 April,2023
Send applications and requests for more information to:
White-nose Syndrome National Meeting,
5-8 June 2023
Palm Springs, California, USA
5th International Meeting of Cavers in the Moravian Karst: Karst, Caves, And People 2023,
20-24 September 2023,
Sloup, Moravian Karst, Czech Republic
Cave Bear Symposium
21-24 September 2023,
3rd Balkan Speleological Congress,
19-22 October 2023
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The National Cave and Karst Institute is a research center of New Mexico Tech. NCKRI was created in partnership with the National Park Service, State of New Mexico, and the City of Carlsbad to be a nexus of research, stewardship, information and outreach for caves and karst while fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Our mission is to promote and facilitate cave and karst research, education and sustainability.