Summer School on Speleothem Science etc.

Dear Friends,
A number of items things to announce today:

  • School on Speleothem Science
  • Job opening at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
  • Bat workshops

Please share this message and contact the appropriate people below for more information.

The “Summer School on Speleothem Science” – S4 – is organised by a group of PhD students specialized in speleothem research. As our field of study is rapidly advancing, after a very successful 1 st Summer School on Speleothem Sciences held in Heidelberg (28 th July-4 th August 2013) it seemed important to hold a second summer school on speleothem science, where students and high-profile senior researchers can share their experience and meet the expressed needs of the young scientists in this research field. This will provide a comprehensive overview of the most current and innovative techniques used, or being developed.

The summer school will be held on 23-29 August 2015 in Oxford, UK, and is aimed at an international audience. PhD students, young scientists and undergraduates that are active, or otherwise interested in this field of research, are kindly invited to join. Lectures will be combined with discussions and seminars on a range of relevant speleothem related topics, providing a lively and comprehensive summer school. Practical exercises, workshops and field work will be organized, as well. Poster sessions will also be held during this week and young scientists will be able to present their work, discuss and troubleshoot the challenges of their own research.

For further information please visit our website:

The Arizona Strip District Office is recruiting for a Monument Manager, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, GS-0340-13. If interested, please follow the link:

This is an excellent opportunity for managers and potential managers - a lot of work, but a tremendous Monument with lots of caves and karst. Grand Canyon-Parashant is basically co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & the National Park Service. This position is advertised for the BLM manager.

Bat Conservation and Management (BCM, Carlisle PA) is proud to announce an exciting schedule of training courses for 2015. We start off with an Acoustic Software Training class in conjunction with the Joint Midwest/Southeast/Western Bat Working Group meeting in Missouri. Then, we shift into fieldwork with three venues of week-long bat survey courses at our flagship locations in Arizona, California and Kentucky throughout the rest of the summer.

As a graduate of other BCM-sponsored training, we are hoping you might want to take advantage of one or more of these classes. Or, perhaps you will want to share this course information with your co-workers, colleagues, and contractors who might benefit from these types of continuing education opportunities.

As you recall, all our courses provide abundant occasion for participants to learn and practice a full range of field-skills with bats as well as acoustic monitoring skills using a variety of capture and handling techniques, bat detectors, and signal-analysis methods. Students will be able to “test drive” a full range of survey equipment, including different bat detector and echolocation interpretation equipment and software. Additionally, hand-on guided demonstrations highlight different field deployment techniques and protocols for conducting bat inventories. This course is ideal for bat-workers that are new to either acoustic monitoring or bat-capture methods and who want information on the appropriate equipment for their planned surveys. Our classes are also well-suited for experienced technicians who are interested in expanding their experiences, polishing their skills, or on picking up additional proficiencies to aid in any type of bat work.

Registration fees for many of BCM’s courses include meals, lodging, and field transportation at our study sites. This makes these classes extremely efficient to attend, for even though many are conducted in remote locations, few of our field sites are more than 5-10 miles from our training facility allowing us to spend more time in the field working and learning and less time traveling.

You can find additional information about BCM’s training courses on the website at

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need more information about these or other training activities. And, please go ahead and forward this information to your colleagues, co-workers or contractors. Direct anyone to me for additional information.

Janet Debelak Tyburec
Vice President of Training and Operations
Bat Conservation and Management, Inc.
Western States Field Office
Post Office Box 86493
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Tel: 520.404.7406

George Veni, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: 575-887-5517
Mobile: 210-863-5919
Fax: 575-887-5523