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NCKRI cave and karst news and announcements
« on: October 01, 2017, 04:31:54 pm »
Dear Friends,
This week’s cave and karst news is:
·       Help Train Space Robots
·       California Cave Life Symposium
·       Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Charles Kreitler
·       Kentucky Geological Survey Hydrogeologist Job Opening
·       List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
The details are below. Please contact those listed below for more information and feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.
Help Train Space Robots
Dear Curious Cavers,
Have you ever come across strange patterns while caving and wondered if they were formed by life? Here at NASA JPL, we are teaching our space robots to be as curious as you are.
If you’ve encountered biovermiculations or other patterns that you think might be associated with life in caves, please take photos and go to to upload them. You can also send us photos that you took at some point in the past. We’ll add these images to a large dataset of images initially compiled by cave scientists Penny Boston, Keith Schubert, and Hillary Kelly, to create software to focus the attention of space robots and their human operators on interesting patterns.
Thank you,
Aaron Curtis & the PEARL team
Pattern Extraction for the Autonomous Recognition of Life (PEARL)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA / Caltech
California Cave Life Symposium
Science talks by authors of The Cave Fauna of California and cavers working at Lassen National Forest, followed by a panel discussion of conservation issues will fill this symposium on 28 April 2018 at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA, from 10 am - 4 pm. Free seats available on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Dr. William R. Elliott,, 573-291-5093.  A free pdf of the book is available at and printed copies are available at
Edwards Aquifer Authority Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Charles Kreitler
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Kreitler will be our next Distinguished Lecturer on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Southwest Research. To register for the lecture, please visit the following website.
Dr. Kreitler’s presentation will focus on Groundwater Management.
If you have any questions about the lecture, please feel free to contact Rachel Mitchell or myself.
Geary Schindel
Chief Technical Officer
210.222.2204 ext 346 
900 E Quincy
San Antonio, TX 78215
Kentucky Geological Survey Hydrogeologist Job Opening
The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) is seeking an experienced hydrogeologist (minimum PhD + 3 years related experience) to join its Water Resources Section and to work independently and in collaboration with other researchers to investigate groundwater occurrence and quality in karst and fractured-bedrock aquifers, and undertake research into other areas of hydrogeology or hydrology pertinent to water resources and environmental issues in Kentucky, and of regional, national, and international interest.

The application deadline is November 7, 2017. For additional information and application instructions, please visit: Geologist IV.

A part the University of Kentucky since 1948, KGS traces its history back to 1838 and is the primary source of geologic information for and about Kentucky. The KGS main office is on the University of Kentucky main campus in Lexington, a vibrant city of 300,000+ people in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass region. Lexington and UK offer cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities as well as easy access to Louisville and Cincinnati. For additional information about KGS, visit

List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
1)         23rd International Cave Bear Symposium, 4-7 October 2017 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia),
2)         National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 16-20 October 2017 (Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA),
3)         British Cave Research Association 28th Cave Science Symposium, 20-21 October 2017 (Leeds, UK), website to be announced.
4)         Geological Society of America Convention, 22-25 October (Seattle, Washington, USA),
5)           International Conference on Geomorphology, 6-11 November 2017 (New Delhi, India), karst session,
6)           Workshop: Grotte de Han, New Dramatic Effect of Lighting, 16-18 November 2017 (Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium),
7)           To Know and Share Caves and Karsts: Understanding, Conservation, and Geotourism, 6-9 March 2018 (Ardèche, France),
8)         The Sinkhole Conference, joint with the 3rd Appalachian Karst Symposium, 2-6 April 2018 (Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA),
9)           California Cave Life Symposium, 28 April 2018 (California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA),
10)        EuroKarst 2018, 2-6 July 2018, (Besançon, France),
11)      18th International Vulcanospeleology Symposium, 21-27 July 2018 (Lava Beds National Monument, California, USA),
12)        2018 US National Speleological Society Convention, 30 July - 3 August 2018 (Helena, Montana, USA),
13)      EuroSpeleo Forum 2018, 23-26 August 2018 (Ebensee, Austria),
14)        24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 20-24 August 2018 (University of Aveiro, Portugal),
15)        16th International Symposium of Speleotherapy, 24-28 October 2018 (Zlate Hory, Czech Republic),
16)        Hypogea 2019: The International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities, 20-25 May 2019, (Dobrich, Bulgaria),
George Veni, PhD
President, International Union of Speleology
Executive Director
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: +1-575-887-5517
Mobile: +1-210-863-5919
Fax: +1-575-887-5523


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