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Cavers Mailing List № 17457
Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 26 Sep 2020
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От кого: George Veni <>
Кому: George Veni <>
Дата: Суббота, 26 сентября 2020, 4:35 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
There is not much news this time, but the news is important to many and some things are happening soon:
Student and Job Opportunities
- Graduate Student, Grant Specialists, and Post-Doctoral Scholar Opportunities: Texas, USA
- Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement
Conferences and Meetings
- Philippine Cave and Karst Forum Goes Digital This Week!
- Speleo Kamarton 2021: Register for News
- 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.
Graduate Student, Grant Specialists, and Post-Doctoral Scholar Opportunities: Texas, USA
(The following announcement is from the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA. While cave and karst work is not mentioned specifically, the Edwards Aquifer is a major karst aquifer and karst studies are intended.)
Research focus: Hyporheic Zone Processes and Biology.
Seeking multiple applicants to join a large, well-funded, multi-disciplinary, and highly collaborative group of researchers working on a large-scale project: “Quantifying drivers of native and non-native aquatic species abundance and distribution in drought- and flood-prone Texas basins". The project is a collaboration between Texas State University and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center.
Applicants should be broadly interested in working on hyporheic and/or groundwater systems and their connections to and influence on related surface systems at a variety of scales, from site to region. Research topics include but are not limited to: spatial and temporal patterns in species diversity and distribution, groundwater - surface water interactions from an ecohydrology perspective, flow and transport of nutrients, and geomicrobiological processes. Groundwater and hyporheic ecosystems in much of TX are biologically diverse, span multiple environmental gradients (e.g., T and Precip) and regions (e.g., geology and ecoregion), and provide excellent opportunities to test hypotheses across large and small temporal and spatial scales.
Our collaborative group at Texas State University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, wants to contribute to an increase in diversity (visible and invisible) in aquatic sciences and we are especially interested in applicants who share our commitment to equity and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systematically marginalized communities. For all positions we seek and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply. Applicants for all positions are encouraged to describe how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.
Multiple positions are available for highly motivated and curious students with excellent quantitative and problem-solving skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Preferred skills and experience include an intermediate to advanced understanding of one or more of the following: invertebrate biology in stream/hyporheic/aquifer ecosystems; surface-groundwater interactions and hydrology/hydrogeology; groundwater ecosystem processes; hyporheic zone ecosystem processes. A working to advanced knowledge of statistical packages, GIS, invertebrate identification, dichotomous keys, and specimen curation is a plus. Depending on thesis/dissertation topics, graduate research could include lab and/or field work. Field work could include remote and sometimes difficult areas and conditions, and multiple day research trips with camping could be required. A 12-month Graduate Research Assistantship and graduate tuition are provided.
Two full-time (40-hour/wk) positions are immediately available for highly motivated and curious applicants. A B.S. or M.S. degree in Biology or other science field is required at the time of employment. Preferred skills and experience include: excellent quantitative, problem-solving, and communication (written and oral) skills; experience collecting, sorting, and identifying aquatic freshwater invertebrates in field and lab settings using dichotomous keys and other taxonomic literature; specimen curation; a basic to advanced working knowledge or understanding of one or more of the following: invertebrate biology in stream/hyporheic/aquifer ecosystems, MS Office (including Excel and Access), statistical packages, microscope use and imaging, and GIS. Experience with a variety of microscopes and imaging software is a plus. It is anticipated that >80% of the work related to these positions will be in the lab, though opportunities will be available to pursue advanced training in lab and field methods, and alpha taxonomy for interested applicants. For more details, and to apply to these positions, please see the following postings. The positions are identical, so an applicant need only apply for one:
One full-time post-doctoral faculty position is immediately available for a highly motivated and curious applicant with proven quantitative, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication (written and oral) skills. A Ph.D. in Biology, Environmental Science, or a related science field is required at the time of employment.
The selected candidate will be allowed flexibility to pursue specific research projects/topics of their interest (including a portion of the budget to manage) but should broadly be interested in ecohydrology of the hyporheic zone. The selected candidate will be expected to be a key part of a large and multi-disciplinary group of PIs, other post-docs, students, and technicians, and will mentor and work closely with students at all levels. Opportunities will exist to serve on graduate committees, as well as to teach specialized graduate courses in an area of the candidates expertise.
Preferred skills and experience include advanced knowledge of and/or experience with one or more of the following: invertebrate biology in stream/hyporheic/aquifer ecosystems, statistical packages such as SPSS or R, coding skills, imaging with optical and other microscopes (e.g., https://sro.txstate.edu/fac/arsc/equipment.html ), hydrology, stable isotope analysis, GIS, database management. A record of publication in peer-reviewed literature is preferred. The selected candidate will be expected to play a key role in publishing results of the research, and should expect to be primary author on publications for which they played a leading role in the research.
Visual KARSYS: Next Online Course Announcement
The next Visual KARSYS course will occur online on 2-3 December 2020 in two 3-hour sessions. The course is designed for geologists and hydrogeologists (engineers, academic, students) working in karst environments for applied issues (groundwater resources, natural hazards, geothermy, construction, etc.). It intends to provide steps and tools to attendees who will apply KARSYS by themselves. For more information visit https://www.visualkarsys.com/.
Philippine Cave and Karst Forum Goes Digital This Week!
The Philippine Cave and Karst Forum has gone virtual with a new 5-part webinar series spread out over the month of October.
Get ready to:
Join us for a five-week descent into the underground wonderland of the Philippines, together with the leading voices in cave conservation.
This webinar series takes you to an imaginative exploration of our country's caves and karst systems. These ecologically fragile wonders are rich sites of natural and cultural history that have stood witness to times and deserve our collective efforts toward conservation.
Five sessions spread across five weeks will make you:
REDISCOVER the fragile beauty, rich biodiversity and cultural history of Philippine caves.
ENGAGE with leading experts in cave conservation from across the country and beyond.
ACT together to conserve, protect and sustainably manage our country’s caves and cave resources in light of the new normal.
See you on October 2 @ 10:00 am (Philippine time) for Session 1: Caves and the Karst Environment!
For more information and to register visit:
Speleo Kamarton 2021: Register for News
Speleo Kamarton is starting to take shape to celebrate the International Year of Caves and Karst and speleology in general. More information will start to become available. To register for updates, go to http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/modalita-di-partecipazione/.
Speleo Kamarton will occur on 29 October – 1 November 2021 in Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy. Details about the meeting are at http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/.
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
If you are interested in any of the following events, contact them directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.
1) Geological Society of America Convention/GSA 2020 Connects Online, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/home
British Cave Research Association Science Symposium, 14 November 2020, (virtual meeting), http://bcra.org.uk/forum
3) Visual KARSYS Online Course, 2-3 December 2020, https://www.visualkarsys.com/
5) 1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro
6) International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs
7) 7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs
8) 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 12-16 April 2021 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), ww-w.sinkholeconference.com
9) 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/
10) US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 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
12) European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/
13) 36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/
15) Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/
16) 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/
17) EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
18) Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 11-14 July 2021 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/news/2017/kr9-postponed-to-2021.html.en
19) 18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/
20) Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/
21) 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
22) International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress, 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/
23) 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/
24) International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress, 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), https://iah2021belgium.org/
25) Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm
28) Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/
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
Titov trg 2
Postojna, 6230 Slovenia
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