Schedule & Sessions

PRESENTATIONS: If you want to do a presentation in a session, you should contact the chair
of the appropriate session and let them know what you want to present. You should tell them
the subject of the presentation, the time you need, and any audio/visual equipment you will
need. In most cases you should also provide an abstract. If you are unsure what session is
appropriate for your presentation, you can ask the session chairs for advice. A list of session
chairs is below.

DEADLINES: The convention’s Program will be going to the printer in late May. There are two
firm deadlines for submitting material for the Program:

May 15, 2023: All event descriptions, session descriptions, advertising, and any other
general material for the Program must be submitted by this date. Late submissions are
likely to be ignored.
May 25, 2023: Final session schedules and abstracts must be submitted by this date. Late
submissions (even by a few hours) are unlikely to get in the Program.

Note: These deadlines are tentative and may be made earlier if supply chain
problems increase the lead-time needed to print the Program.

ABSTRACTS: Anyone doing a presentation should provide an abstract, up to 250 words, for
the convention’s Program. Abstracts should be a summary of conclusions and results, not
merely a statement of what the presentation is about.

Abstracts should be submitted to the chair of the appropriate session. You should specify the
amount of time and any special equipment you need. The session chairs will prepare the final
presentation schedule for their session.

When submitting abstracts, please provide each author’s name and email address. The
author’s affiliation and/or mailing address can be included if desired.

The chairs of individual sessions need to send their session’s final schedule and abstracts to
the Program Editor by May 25, 2023, but the submission deadline for individual sessions will
be earlier. Late submissions probably won’t get in the Program. Abstracts will be published as
submitted, so please proofread them before submitting them. Abstracts longer than 250 words
will be returned to be shortened.

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED: If you are willing to support the convention by volunteering
some time, please contact the Convention’s Volunteer Coordinator, Ken Moore, at He is maintaining a list of volunteers.

SESSION CONTACTS: The list below shows sessions that normally include formal
presentations. If you are interested in doing a presentation, you should contact the chair of the
appropriate session.





Joe Douglas


Sarah Keenan

 Cave Diving

Jason Richards

 Cave Digging

Benjamin Brown

 Cave Photography

Eugene Vale

 Communications & Electronics

John DeRoo

 Conservation & Management

Adam Weaver

 Culture of Caves, Cavers and Caving

Maria Perez

 Geology & Geography

Katie Schmid

 International Exploration

Cyndie Walck

 Spelean History

Dean Snyder

 State Cave Surveys

George Dasher

 Survey & Cartography

Carol Vesely

 U.S. Exploration

Derek Bristol


Hazel Barton

 West Virginia Caving

Nikki Fox

CONTACTS FOR QUESTIONS: Questions about an individual session should be sent to the
session’s chair. General questions can be sent to the Program Editor & Sessions Chair, Bob
Hoke, at