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Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI continued
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:45:44 pm »
M.S. Opportunity on Karst and Mineral Springs Hydrogeology and Geochemistry: USA
The Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (DEAS) at Indiana University, have immediate support for a Masters of Science Research Assistant opportunity to work under the direction of research scientist Tracy Branam at theIGWS. The graduate student project is part of a larger program to establish a springs observatory for hydrogeology and geochemistry in support the aims and missions of the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University.
The student will collect field data and water samples at spring locations primarily across the karstic Mitchell Plateau of south-central Indiana, and analyze water samples in facilities at the IGWS, DEAS, and collaborating institutions. The opening is available to start in August 2019. Please apply through the IU’s Graduate School admissions site at More information for prospective students is at  You may also contact Dr. Simon Brassell, Director of Graduate Studies at DEAS,, 812-855-3786, Research Scientist Tracy Branam at the IGWS, , 812-855-8390, and Dr. Lee Florea, Assistant Director for Research at the IGWS,, 812-855-1376.
White-nose Syndrome Research Grants
Dear Colleagues.
I am happy to share that the US Fish and Wildlife is now accepting applications for Research Grants to conduct critical research for the National Response to White-nose Syndrome.
The Notification for Funding Opportunity is posted on
Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: F19AS00231
Opens: June 5, 2019
Closes: August 6, 2019
Priorities for this funding opportunity will fall into the following main categories:
1.   Address important gaps in knowledge of ecological needs of bat species known or anticipated to be susceptible to WNS to inform management strategies
2.   Understand patterns of survival and population dynamics within and between bat species, including sublethal effects of Pd infection and vulnerability to WNS. Underlying mechanisms may involve environmental, physiological, behavioral, genetic and/or other factors affecting host or pathogen.
3.   Develop and implement strategies to improve survival and persistence of species impacted by or likely susceptible to WNS.  These efforts should consider quantifying non-target effects of implementing the strategies.
We look forward to receiving your proposals.
Jonathan D. Reichard, Ph.D.
National Assistant Coordinator for White-Nose Syndrome
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tenure-track Professorship for Geology: Germany
Job description: The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is looking for a person who represents the field of geology in research and teaching with enthusiasm and places emphasis on innovative research. A focus on sediments and sedimentary rocks is desirable. Knowledge of karst is not the focus of this position, but are welcome if an application has the primary skills and qualifications.
You will join the academic staff at Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW) in working together across disciplines. Furthermore, you have didactic skills, look back on internationally visible scientific achievements, and are able to raise third-party funds. You will be responsible for teaching tasks in the areas of geology, sedimentology, and geological field training. Within the framework of the W1 professorship, you will teach four semester periods per week (referred to as SWS) up to the interim evaluation, followed by six SWS. You are able to teach in German, or will acquire the required language skills.
Qualification: A completed university degree, pedagogical aptitude, which as a rule must be demonstrated by experience in teaching or training, and a special aptitude for scientific work, which as a rule is demonstrated by the outstanding quality of a doctorate, are required.
Contract duration: The employment is for six years as a civil servant on a temporary basis or as an employee. In the fourth year of service, an interim evaluation takes place. If the final evaluation is positive, you will be appointed to an open-ended professorship (W3). This tenure-track professorship (W1) is funded by the "Bund-Länder Program for the Promotion of Early-career Researchers".
Starting date: as soon as possible
Application up to: 19th July, 2019
Contact person in line management: For specific enquiries regarding this position please contact Prof. Dr. Frank Schilling, E-Mail:
Application: Kindly send your application, including your five most important publications preferentially in electronic form to Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Dekan der KIT-Fakultät für Bauingenieur-, Geound Umweltwissenschaften (Dean of the KIT Department Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences) Prof. Dr. Frank Schilling, Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, E-Mail:
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Personalservice (PSE)
Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe
EuroSpeleo Newsletter, June 2019
English version
It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its second EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2019. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.
Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.
You can download the English version of the June 2019 Newsletter here:

Announcements for the US National White-nose Syndrome Response Team
National WNS Webinars
Thank you to all the presenters who shared your work during the National WNS Webinars this month.  It is always great to hear first hand  from you about the tremendous progress you are making with your efforts.  Abstracts for the presentations are avialable here:
***Recordings of the presentations MAY become available for some talks in the future, but are not currently available.
WNS Funding Opportunities
- The USFWS is now accepting proposals for WNS Research Grants
Closing Date: August 6, 2019
Funding Opportunity Number: F19AS00231
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Bats for the Future Fund
Closing Date: September 19, 2019
*** See BFF webpage sign up for a webinar for applicants to be held on July 12.
Upcoming meetings
- NASBR (National Symposium on Bat Research) is open for registration:
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, October 23-26, 2019
- Save the date for the next National WNS Meeting:  Week of June 8, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Jonathan D. Reichard, Ph.D.
National Assistant Coordinator for White-Nose Syndrome
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035 USA
office: 413.253.8258
mobile: 413.335.2886
25th International Cave Bear Symposium: 2nd Circular Now Available
Dear Cave Bear Friends,
Please find as attachment the second circular of the Cave Bear Symposium in Croatia. We prolonged the deadlines for registration and abstracts, so feel free to forward the circular to your colleagues!
We are looking forward to see you soon in Paklenica.
Kind regards,
The Organizing Commitee
Nadja Kavcik-Graumann
Department of Cognitive Biology
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna
Tel: +431427776101
The 8th Triennial U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop: USA
Time and Place
May 13-15, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
KIG Website
Those interested in attending and/or presenting at the USGS Karst Interest Group (KIG) workshop can visit the KIG 2020 website. The website contains registration, lodging, and abstract submittal information. The website will be update as the workshop draws closer with additional lodging options, an agenda for the workshop, and details about the field trip to the Cumberland Plateau.
Mission of the Karst Interest Group
The Karst Interest Group’s (KIG) mission is to encourage and support inter-disciplinary collaboration and technology transfer among U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists working in karst areas. Additionally, the KIG encourages the exchange of karst-related information between USGS scientists and scientists from various other entities.
Purpose of the workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scientists from different offices of the USGS, Department of the Interior, other Federal and state agencies, research institutes, and universities to present the results of scientific work in karst areas or discuss karst related programs in their bureaus or offices.
Tennessee State University (TSU) is hosting and providing the meeting space. This workshop represents an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn the latest in karst science and experience the stunning karst terrain of central Tennessee. Technical sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14, 2020. The optional field trip to karst in the Cumberland Plateau is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020. General inquires and questions about the upcoming KIG workshop may be sent to
Allan K. Clark, P.G.
5563 De Zavala Rd., suite 290
San Antonio, Tx 78249
(210)275-2025 cell
2019 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, USA
Dear Members of the Cave and Karst Conservation Community,
The 2019 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, Oct 7 -11 in Bristol, Virginia, USA - is an event not to be missed.  How so, you ask?  Well check out the website and see for yourself:
Now that you've had a look, I'm sure you'll want to invite all your friends as well!  So spread the word.  And don't those pre-conference field trips look fun?  Visit up to six wild caves under conservation management...AND...(drum roll)...go on a field trip revealing the latest and greatest about an old friend, the aquatic isopod genus Lirceus with none other than Dr. Jerry Lewis. Better sign up before those field trips fill up.
And talk about an easy way to add something to your CV or resume, just submit an abstract by August 2, and if you get us a short paper by September 9 and it makes the proceedings it will even qualify as peer-reviewed (at least to most of us.)
Early registration deadline isn't until Sept 20, but please help us out here and register now!
Poor?  Cheap? There are even scholarships -
Thanks and I hope to see you in Bristol in October.
Wil Orndorff
Chair, 2019 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium