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Karst Geoscience Programs in the US

Western Kentucky University
The Department of Geosciences at WKU [www.wku.edu/geoweb] offers the BS degree in both Geology and Geography, as well as the MS in Geoscience. Students at WKU are able to become involved with cutting-edge karst research through either the Center for Cave and Karst Studies [karst.wku.edu] or the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute [hoffman.wku.edu]

Mississippi State University
The Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State [www.msstate.edu/dept/geosciences] offers the BS and MS in Geosciences, with concentrations in both Geology and Geography. Dr. John Mylroie's research concentrates on speleogenesis and karst development in island and coastal environments.

University of South Florida
The Karst Research Group in the Department of Geology at South Florida[uweb.cas.usf.edu/~vacher/karsthome.htm] offers the BS, MS, and PhD in Geology, with research in the areas of hydrogeology, carbonate geology, geomorphology, quaternary studies, paleoclimates and geophysics.

Ohio University
The Department of Geosciences [www.ohiou.edu/geology/] at Ohio University offers BS and MS degrees in Geology and Environmental Science. BS and MS students have the opportunity to study cave deposits to learn how paleoclimates affected geomorphic and ecologic regimes, and perform quantitative, cave-based archeology. Contact Dr. Greg Springer [www.ohio.edu/geology/springer/] for additional information.

University of Akron
The Department of Geology at Akron offers the BS and MS in Geology. Students interested in karst work at Akron should direct inquiries to Dr. Ira Sasowsky [www.uakron.edu/colleges/artsci/depts/geology/ids.php]

University of Virginia
The Department of Environmental Sciences at Virginia offers BS, MS, and PhD programs. Karst work at Virginia is typically done under the direction of Dr. Janet Herman in the fields of geochemistry and hydrology [www.evsc.virginia.edu/faculty/herman-janet-s/]

Indiana University
The Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana [www.indiana.edu/~geosci] offers the BS, MS, and PhD in Geological Sciences. Karst work at Indiana typically involves work in Dr. Noel Kroethe's Hydrogeology Lab

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
The Department of Geosciences at UNCW offers the BS and MS in Geology and Geography. Students interested in persuing karst work at UNCW should check out the Laboratory for Applied Climate Research [people.uncw.edu/gambled/lacr.htm] under the direction of Dr. Doug Gamble.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UTK ofers the BS, MS and PhD. in Geology. Karst research at UTK is under the direction of Dr. Annette Summers Engel. Dr. Engel conducts cutting-edge geomicrobiological research with a concentration on sulfidic ecosystems and sulfuric acid speleogenesis [geoweb.gg.utk.edu/faculty/engel.html]

Louisiana State University
The Department of Geology and Geophysics at LSU offers the BS, MS, and PhD in Geology.
Karst research under Dr. Carol Wicks [uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/geol/People/Faculty/item32883.html] is directed toward understanding the hydrogeologic processes and coupled geochemical systems within karstic aquifers. This research program is also driven by a need to understand the habitat of animals that reside in the karstic aquifers and cave systems. Recent work has focused on the movement of sediment and the transport of contaminants in the groundwater through the karstic basins. The ubiquitous karst and caves in Missouri make it an ideal location to study karst-related phenomena.

University of Texas
The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT [www.geo.utexas.edu/default.htm] offers the BS, MS, and PhD. Karst research at UT is typically undertaken in Dr. Jay Banner's isotope geochemistry lab [jackson-d-1.geo.utexas.edu/researcher.php?researcher_id=1002] or in Dr. Phil Bennett's Aqueous and Microbial Geochemistry lab [www.geo.utexas.edu/chemhydro/default.htm]

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
The Earth and Environmental Science Department at New Mexico Tech offers the BS, MS, and PhD, focusing in both Geology/Geochemistry and Hydrology. NMT is partnered with the National Cave and Karst Research institute (NCKRI) [www.nckri.org]

Current research efforts include:study of the development of karst terrains in evaporite minerals (e.g. gypsum); modeling the micrometerology of caves; the geomicrobiology of cave deposits like moonmilk and speleosols (cave-produced soils); sulfuric acid speleogenesis (SAS) and the unique geomicrobiology of sulfur caves;
processes of cave formation on other planets; development of robotics to assist in cave exploration on Earth and other bodies.

Students interested in work at New Mexico Tech should contact Dr. Penny Boston [www.ees.nmt.edu/boston/]

Northwestern University
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences [www.earth.northwestern.edu/] offers a BA degree with concentrations in General Geoscience, Geophysics, Earth Materials, Geochemistry, Earth History and Paleobiology, Climate Science, and Planetary Science. Undergraduate research is required, and supported with funding opportunities and state of the art facilities. Karst and cave focused research at the BA and PhD level may be pursued under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Beddows [www.earth.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/beddows-patricia.html].