Cave and Karst News and Announcements for May 2023
Looking back on the Sinkhole Conference, what's NCKRI been up to, and MORE!
White-Nose Syndrome Annual Meeting
Palm Springs, CA, USA
June 5-8, 2023
2023 National Speleological Society Convention
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
June 26-30, 2023
New Mexico Geological Society Fall Field Conference
Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
October 4-7, 2023
Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due May 17th, 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. 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).
Jess Eades, Peak Ecology
Professor Andrew Chamberlain, University of Bournemouth
All Sinkhole Conference proceedings and field guides are available on the NCKRI website via the Karst Information Portal. To limit environmental impact, few copies are printed. To increase the accessibility of scientific information, these documents are available at no cost, digitally.
Guest Speaker Jim Griswold
We are so happy to have so many wonderful presenters and instructors at the conference. If you were not able to attend we invite you to watch our guest speaker Jim Griswold and his experience in mitigating the collapse of a cavity that could have cause 1 billion dollars in damages.
Roswell Sinkhole Clean-Up
On April 22nd the 3rd Sinkhole Clean-Up occurred in the Sacramento Plains organized by the Roswell Bureau of Land Management Office. So far a total of 18,000lbs of unwanted materials have been removed and sorted.
Also on April 22, was the first Earth Day Cave Clean-Up in partnership with the Carlsbad BLM Office. Over 900lbs of metal were removed from the cave entrance and surrounding karst features. Afterwards the volunteers were rewarded with a short caving trip.
NCKRI's Education and Outreach team participated in Southeast New Mexico college's STEAM night and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology's Science Café at New Mexico Tech.
Several students apart of NMT's Cave & Karst Studies Program presented on their research. A few of the projects were graduate students accompanied by undergraduates who ran the analysis as part of a learning by discovery science class.
The Jones Lab was well represented at the RMGS with presentations about biofilm investigations at Valles Caldera to findings of ammonia supported ecosystem in the Frassassi cave system.
The Cave and Karst Studies program is at it again! This time presenting at the NMGS spring meeting. The conference was also attended by NCKRI's science team in anticipation of hosting the Fall Field Conference in Carlsbad. Hope to see you there!
Elkins, West Virginia, USA
May 15, 2023
The 2023 annual convention will be held in Elkins, West Virginia. As one of the largest annual gathering of cavers in the United States, it is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, learn a lot about caving, and go caving.
To present at the convention, contact the chair of the relevant session with your subject, the required time/equipment, and an abstract. Abstracts should be a summary of conclusions and results, not merely a statement of what the presentation is about. Please limit abstracts to 250 words.
White-nose Syndrome National Meeting,
5-8 June 2023
Palm Springs, California, USA
BRCA: Bones in Caves: Awkward Inconvenience or Hidden Opportunity?
12 June 2023
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,
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.