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Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
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June 2024 Cave and Karst News



It's not too late to participate! Cave Week ends on June 8th!


Upcoming deadlines:




Read on for more information about the different karst division session at the Geological Society of America conference, Scientist in Parks internship program, updates on an experiment at Carlsbad Caverns, graduation announcements, plus NCKRI at AbSciCon and C&K management training.


As a reminder, if you would like add any upcoming events, deadlines to the NCKRI News or calendar, email us at or reply to this email.



Rome, Italy

June 10-14, 2024

International Karst School: Data Acquisition and Analysis in Karst

Postojna, Slovenia

June 17-21, 2024

Congreso Colombiano de Espeleología

Medellin, Colombia

June 22-29, 2024

National Speleological Society

Sewanee, Tennessee

July 1-5, 2024

For more upcoming events check out our online calendar


June 2-8, 2024


Cave Week



Cave Week is a great chance to enjoy, celebrate and learn about our caves. All are invited to join in this fantastic celebration of the underground world.

Cave Week Resources

Registration Deadline:

June 16, 2024


Weekly Stipends:





Job Opportunity:

Summer Scientist in Parks Position



Winter Scientist in Parks applications are open! All opportunities close on June 16, 2024. This year there are multiple positions that are related to caves and karst in National Parks. Check your eligibility before applying. Start dates vary from October 2024 to March 2025.

Cave and Karst Related Positions

Abstract Deadline:

June 18, 2024


To Submit an Abstract


Karst Division Sessions GSA Connects 2024

T95. Using Geologic Context to Improve Hydrogeologic Characterizations

A session highlighting the integration of geologic data into hydrogeologic characterization efforts.


T97. New Frontiers in Cave and Karst Science

We encourage submissions in any field of cave and karst science, with special emphasis on novel techniques, interdisciplinary approaches, and contributions from diverse early career researchers (students, postdocs, and faculty).


T98. Karst Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry

This session seeks abstracts that deal with the study of cave and karst ecosystems, including the identification, quantification, and/or discussion of biota, flora, microbial, and related biogeochemical processes associated with cave and karst features.


T99. Karst Hazards and Monitoring

Hazards (e.g., sinkholes, pollution, radon, development) and monitoring approaches (e.g., GIS applications, historical data analyses) in karst landscapes, including technical applications (e.g., LiDAR, 3D scanning, geodatabase development) and management implications (resource management, education, policy, regulation).


T100. Karst Hydrology and Hydrogeology

This session covers fundamental aspects of fluid-rock interactions within karst landscapes, including geologic, hydrogeologic, and hydrologic investigations. Appropriate topics range from dye tracing and aquifer processes to surface-subsurface hydrologic interactions and quantitative modeling.


T101. Karst Sedimentary, Paleoclimate, and Historical Records

Cave deposits (sediments, speleothems, tufa, etc.), karst environmental records (sedimentary, carbonate stratigraphy, etc.), and geoarchaeological and historical investigations to interpret past climates, landscapes, extreme events, and land-use histories, and to model or predict future changes.


New Mexico Tech:

Cave and Karst Graduates

Abigail Brown and Katelyn Green graduated with their MSc degrees in Biology from NMT this year. Calyssa Huff and Cassandra Skaar graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology.

NCKRI at Interagency Cave and Karst Training

In mid-May Interagency Cave Management Training was held in Cody, WY. The class was full with a total of 40 people attending from the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife and Dr. Pat Seiser of NCKRI, as an instructor. The last interagency training for cave management was held in 2018. The attendees enjoyed networking while learning topics that ranged from "what is a significant cave" to "methods of protecting and managing".


An optional Orientation to Cave Rescue (OCR) taught by the National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC) made a nice addition to the training with NCKRI's Dr. Pat Seiser as one of the instructors.

Planetary Protection Experiment at

Carlsbad Caverns

In May, New Mexico Tech graduate students, Autumn Weber and Joe Hoberg started their research project at Carlsbad Caverns. This project is funded by NASA’s Planetary Protection Research program. Planetary protection refers to the practice of safeguarding solar system bodies, including planets, moons, comets, and asteroids, from biological contamination from Earth. This is known as “forward contamination."


The devices that are deployed in the cave are part of an experiment on detecting contamination in pristine environments. They contain several different passive samplers for detecting compounds like sunscreen and other organic compounds, microplastics and textile fibers, and microbial cells. These samplers will be deployed for as little as three weeks up to several months. By collecting and analyzing these samplers, we can evaluate if and how long it takes for specific types of material to accumulate in different areas of the cave.

NCKRI at AbSciCon

May 5-10th, Dr. Dan Jones with graduate students Mackenzie Best, Zoë Havlena and Joe Hoberg, attended the 2024 Astrobiology Conference in Rhode Island. The topics they presented on ranged from biosignatures preservation in gypsum found in sulfuric acid caves, to pedagogical techniques.

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If you have cave and karst news that you want to share, please send an email to or click the link above. Include your contact information and details that you would like us to share such as an event, date, pertinent links, and a short description.

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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.

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