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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 15 Nov 2020

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От кого: George Veni
Кому: George Veni
Дата: Суббота, 14 ноября 2020, 19:44 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
Dear Friends,
I hope this message finds you well. Below are several important and interesting announcements:
Student and Job, and Grant News and Opportunities
* Job Opportunity in Karst Hydrology: Germany
* Karst Waters Institute Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science
* Geoarchaeology Student Grants
* Announcement: White-nose Syndrome Challenge Winners
Various News
* International Show Caves Association Newsletter Now Available
* Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park Celebration: Philippines
* New Book Available: Cave and Karst of the Upper Midwest, USA
Conferences and Meetings
* Announcement: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Karst Hazards Forum
* Karst Record IX 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.
Job Opportunity in Karst Hydrology: Germany
Dear all,
Within our recently funded research project 'ROCKAT', we offer a PhD position for enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working in an international research group. The topic is related to numerical modeling of flow and transport processes in different compartments of karst aquifers and uncertainty quantification.
The detailed offer can be found here:  https://www.hydro.uni-freiburg.de/startpics/phd-karst
For further information related to the position, feel free to contact me ( ) or Prof. Andreas Hartmann ( ).
Looking forward to receiving your applications!
Daniel Bittner
Karst Waters Institute Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science
Administered by the Karst Waters Institute
The William L. Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson.  Bill used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere.  He developed a leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Inc.  To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists, and to remember Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship has been established in his memory.  The initial donation of funds to establish the scholarship were made by Diane C. Wilson, and, upon her passing, the name of the scholarship was changed to include recognition of her commitment to supporting karst science.  The scholarship includes recognition at the KWI spring banquet, a plaque naming the awardee, and a one-time award of $1,000.
To apply for the William L. Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship, the following conditions exist:
* The applicant must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a master’s degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States.  PhD students are not eligible.
* A written proposal of the planned karst study.  The research topic should focus on karst science, broadly defined, including subfields of geochemistry, geology, geophysics, or hydrology.  The proposal narrative is limited to 1000 words , not including figure captions or references.
* A half-page budget explanation.  Although funds are unrestricted and do not have to provide complete support of the project, a simple budget and short justification should be included to reflect how the award may further the proposed work.
* One-page CV.  The student should prepare a one-page CV that includes information on academic background and any relevant employment or research experience.  Include a list of course completed in graduate school.       
* One letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or mentor.  These letters should be emailed directly to by the letter writer.  The letter should include a statement confirming that the student is in progress toward a master's degree.
* Applications are due by February 15, 2021.  They should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file that includes the proposal, budget, and CV:
Dr. Janet S. Herman
Professor, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Questions regarding the scholarship should be addressed to Dr. Herman.
Applicants will be notified in late March of the decision of the Scholarship Committee.
Publications and presentations derived from supported research should acknowledge the Karst Waters Institute and the William L. Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship.
For more information, go to: http://karstwaters.org/scholarship/
Geoarchaeology Student Grants
The Society of American Archaeology (SAA) is offering the following grants in geoarchaeology to students. While they are not cave or karst specific awards, geoarchaeological projects associated with caves and karst will certainly be considered. Applicants must be SAA members. For more information about SAA and to join, see https://www.saa.org/ .
All student award applications are due on December 1st. Please apply using the following links:
The Kellogg Fellowship for dissertation research: 
The Goldberg Award for Masters thesis research: 
The newly created Geoarchaeology Undergraduate Travel Award:
Announcement: White-nose Syndrome Challenge Winners
I am happy to share that we are announcing the results of the White-nose Syndrome  Challenge.   The Service is recognizing one team with a full prize award and a second individual with an Honorable Mention for ideas that present innovative new solutions for combatting WNS.   
The winning idea was submitted by Emily Dziedzic, Jenny Urbina Gonzalez, Jared LeBoldus, Michael Gordon, and Taal Levi of Oregon State University and A. Marm Kilpatrick of the University of California – Santa Cruz, and is titled:   Targeted disruption of  Pseudogymnoascus destructans  using RNA interference: Molecular-level specificity for the control of the fungus behind white-nose syndrome . 
The idea receiving Honorable Mention was submitted by Jorge Ortega of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, and the idea is titled:   Development of a Novel Vaccine to Immunize Bats Against White-nose Syndrome . 
Here's the full news release:  https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=service-announces-winner-of-national-prize-challenge-to-defeat-&_ID=36802
Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to discussing these ideas further in the near future.
Jonathan Reichard, Ph.D. 
Assistant National Coordinator for White-nose Syndrome
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
International Show Caves Association Newsletter Now Available
Dear NCKRI fans,
I’m Brad Wuest, President/CEO and co-owner of our family business, Natural Bridge Caverns , which is located near San Antonio, Texas, USA.
I also have the pleasure of serving as President of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA) which was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Genga , Italy, home of Frasassi Cave s . ISCA is an organization of people, associations, corporations, and government agencies who own, manage, or operate show caves that are open to the public. ISCA provides a forum for networking and collaboration. ISCA aims to promote, encourage, and support the cooperation of show cave operators, speleologists and cave enthusiasts through collaboration and the sharing of information. ISCA also promotes the preservation and conservation of caves, while increasing public interest in the caves by way of marketing, public relations, and the evolution of methods to enhance the show cave experience.
ISCA has a new newsletter that we are happy to share with all of you! You can find it on our website here: ISCA Newsletter November – December 2020 .
I hope you find it interesting and informative. We will be happy to share future newsletters too.  If you would like to know more about ISCA or if there is anything the association or I can do to help you, please let me know!
Brad Wuest
Office of the President:
Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
San Antonio, Texas USA 78266

Tel : + (1) 210-651-6101
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park Celebration: Philippines
Puerto Princesa Underground River Park is a World Heritage Site located within the Palawan Biosphere Reserve in the Philippines. During the week of 3-11 November, the park hosted the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival in virtual format ( https://www.facebook.com/ppundergroundriver , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIh14xDLVRk&feature=youtu.be ).  This festival commemorates the 2011 designation of the park as one of the seven wonders of nature. Although the week has passed, you are encouraged to celebrate with them, learn more about this incredible cave, and share comments on the Facebook page.
New Book Available: Cave and Karst of the Upper Midwest, USA
A new book in the Springer karst series, CAVES AND KARST OF THE UPPER MIDWEST, USA, discusses the karst and pseudokarst of the Upper Midwest, USA, consisting of the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois—the first regional synthesis in 40 years. Starting with an overview of the regional geology of what is largely glaciated fluviokarst and paleokarst developed on Paleozoic carbonates, but including other lithologies such as the St. Peter Sandstone and the Ft. Dodge Gypsum, the caves, springs, sinkholes, and karst hydrogeology of each state is described. Special attention is devoted to the region’s longest caves: Coldwater Cave, Mystery Cave, and the Minnesota Cave Preserve caves. Application of tools such as data loggers and LiDAR, with new conceptual models such as hypogenic speleogenesis, have been transformative here. Special topics include lead and zinc mining in the Driftless Area, vertebrate and invertebrate cave fauna near the Laurentide ice limit, the impact and policies of nutrient and herbicide intensive modern agriculture on karst, and paleoclimate studies. The discovery, exploration, institutional history of caving organizations, and show caves of the Upper Midwest, from the year 1700 onwards, are brought up to date. The top 10 historical paradigms of cave and karst science in the Midwest are reviewed. Perspectives on paleontology, archeology, and Native American rock art are included.
Preorders available now at: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030546328
Announcement: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Karst Hazards Forum
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is planning a Karst Hazards Forum (KHF) as a virtual meeting and an International Year of Caves and Karst event.  The KHF will address the three broad topics of Karst, Pseudokarst, and Anthropogenic Sinkholes [karst-like erosion due to human activities].  The KHF’s goal is to bring together specialists, who will explain these features and formative processes, their professional investigations and measures to avoid or mitigate karst hazards, and provide case histories of these hazards. The forum will describe how karst impacts existing infrastructure, could potentially affect new construction, and may be avoided by land-use planning. The most important element of the forum is of the emphasis on promoting public safety. These goals will be achieved by educating both practitioners and policy makers, who in turn affect public policy, in:
* recent advancements in karst hazards’ investigations and mitigation measures;
* the information provided to the public on the risk of these hazards; and
* the consideration of state legislation and/or private insurance.
The forum will include presentations and posters that on how these hazards may be investigated, mapped, avoided, and mitigated, or have other risk reduction measures for varying infrastructure concerns (e.g., dams, power plants, tunneling, large structures, roadways, residential construction, etc.).
Forum participants will be able to view the KHF live and ask questions and/or, with their registered status, view presentations, posters, and their discussion in the subsequent two weeks.   The virtual KHF is planned to be offered over two successive weeks of Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday afternoons starting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  The number of days and sessions will depend on the final number of accepted presentations and posters.
The three main topics will be divided into sessions, as appropriate.  Some of the anticipated sessions may be: investigation/mapping, geologic environs, geophysics/remote sensing, hazard/use categories (surface material loss, groundwater contamination, groundwater supply, construction impacts), risk of the hazard, mitigation of the hazard, public information/protection, and case histories/virtual field trips.
The KHF’s website is www.aegmeetings.org .  The website will be updated regularly with information. 
Karst Record IX Conference: Postponed
The ninth Karst Record Conference, which was scheduled for next year in Innsbruck, Austria, has been postponed to 2022 (the exact date has not been announced yet) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been the most important conference series in the study paleoclimates through karst studies. For more information, visit https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/ .
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)               Frontiers in Karst Colloquium - A reactive transport framework for understanding geochemical transformations in karst systems . Karst Waters Institute, 17 November 2020, (virtual meeting), to register: https://uark.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lde6rqz0tH9f8ZhhVE9VeWwXORDYDR_-k
2)               Visual KARSYS Online Course , 2-3 December 2020, https://www.visualkarsys.com/  
3)               ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides) , 5-8 December 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:
4)               1st Karst Science Forum , postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro
5)               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
6)               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
7)               14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst , 22-25 April 2021 ( Świę tokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/
8)               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
9)               Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference , 3-7 May 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:
10)            European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/  
11)            36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology , 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/
12)            2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology , 8-13 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/
13)            Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering , postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/  
14)            28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects , 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia),  https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/
15)            EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs , 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/
16)            18th International Congress of Speleology , 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/  
17)            Central Asian Speleological Forum , postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/
18)            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   
19)            International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress , 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/
20)            19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology , 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/  
21)            International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress , 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium),  https://iah2021belgium.org/
22)            Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference , September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm
23)            26th International Cave Bear Symposium , 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),
24)            6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium , 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact
25)            Speleo Kamaraton , 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/
26)            23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium , 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/  
27)            Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference , postponed to 2022 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/  
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
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Postojna, 6230 Slovenia
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