2014 Course Schedule
|Karst Geology||June 1-7||Dr. Art Palmer|
|Exploration of Mammoth Cave||June 8-14||Dr. Stan Sides|
|Cave Survey and Cartography||June 15-21||Ms. Patricia Kambesis|
This is a one-week field course, taught by Dr. Arthur N. Palmer, professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Oneonta. The course provides an introduction to the basics of karst science and cave origin, with emphasis on geologic controls, interpretation, and field methods. Discussions begin at an introductory level but quickly move on to the level at which students are able to recognize and interpret karst and caves on their own. The course consists of classroom presentations and discussions, combined with field trips to surface and underground sites in and around Mammoth Cave National Park. The course is available either as a workshop or for credit (undergraduate or graduate). For those taking the course for credit, a two-week field project and written report are required by September 15 following the course. A prior course in geology is recommended but not required.
Registration Options: Non-credit workshop, CEU, Graduate or undergraduate.
Instructor: Dr. Art Palmer
Dr. Arthur N. Palmer is former director of the Water Resources program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta, where he is Professor Emeritus of Hydrology and Geochemistry. He and his wife Peggy have been involved with cave and karst studies for several decades. Much of their research has involved the geology of Mammoth Cave. Together they have written many articles and books on the geology and origin of caves. Art is the author of A Geological Guide to Mammoth Cave National Park and, most recently, Cave Geology. He has received the Science Award from the National Speleological Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Karst Waters Institute, SUNY Chancellor's Awards for teaching and research, and a Distinguished Teaching Professorship. He is also a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received the GSA Kirk Bryan Award for his work in cave science. Art and Peggy are co-editors of the book Caves and Karst of the USA, prepared for the International Congress of Speleology held in Texas in 2009.
Cave Survey and Cartography Course Description
This course focuses on the fundamentals of in-cave field mapping, digital cartography, and the production of cartographic representations of caves. Instruction will at the beginning and intermediate experience levels. Mornings will include lectures, demonstrations, and instruction on survey technique with a strong emphasis on recording field data and sketching. Afternoons will cover in-cave instruction and practice with field data collection, recording of data and producing representative sketches of cave passages and features. Evenings will cover all aspects of digital drafting and cartographic design and in transforming field notes into maps. By the end of the course, students will be able conduct basic cave mapping including in-cave sketching, transform survey data into line plots, construct and digitally draft cave maps, and make overlays of cave data with digital topographic maps and Google Earth imagery. Throughout the course, participants will work with the course instructor to produce cave maps and other derivative products from survey data. At the end of the course, students will select one of their class projects which will be submitted for assessment by an on-site panel of experienced surveyors and cartographers who will provide constructional critiques of the maps produced by the students. The course will take place at Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning at Hamilton Valley Field Station located just outside of Mammoth Cave National Park.
Instructor: Ms. Patricia Kambesis
Patricia Kambesis is an cave surveyor and cartographer who has extensive national and international cave mapping and cartographic experience. Her areas of interest and expertise cover cartographic design, digital cartography, 3-dimensional models of cave systems, cave morphometry, and integrating cave data into geographical information systems. She has taught this class since 2001.
Instructor: Mr. Howard Kalnitz
Howard Kalnitz is a mechanical engineer who has been caving for over 30 years. He has been surveying caves in his local caving area of Rockcastle County Kentucky for almost 20 ears, and has also surveyed in various other states and countries. He has been drawing up maps for most of this time and focuses mostly on digital cartography as well as GIS representation of caves and systems. He is a current director in Kentucky Speleological Survey and has been assisting in instructing this class since 2003.
Exploration of Mammoth Cave Course Description
This course is an intensive study of the discovery, exploration and development of the caves and karst features of the Mammoth Cave region that resulted in integration of the caves into the world’s longest cave system. The forces that stimulated exploration, such as saltpeter mining, regional commercialization of show caves, national park development, and scientific research are examined. Illustrated lectures, handouts, and maps are used to promote understanding of the caves prior to daily field trips. This year the course will emphasize the history of Dr. John Croghan and his famed speleotherapy experiment to cure tubersulosis through residence in the cave. Usually the class repeats connection routes made by previous explorers between one entrance and another in Mammoth Cave. Participants must be in good physical condition. Many underground trips follow tourist trails closed long ago to the public, while other trips require strenuous walking and crawling in undeveloped passages on trips lasting 6-8 hours. This course is held at the Hamilton Valley Research Facility near Mammoth Cave National Park.
Registration Options: Non-credit workshop, CEU, graduate or undergraduate.
Instructor: Dr. Stanley D. Sides
Dr. Sides received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, and his M.D. degree at University of Missouri. Internal medical residency training, and fellowship in hematology and medical oncology were completed at University of Kentucky, Lexington. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, and was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. He practiced hematology and medical oncology at Cape Girardeau until retirement in 2012. He began studying the Mammoth Cave region with Cave Research Foundation in 1962, and became fourth president of the organization. He is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, and recipient of the Peter M. Hauer Spelean History Award. His research project on the caves and people of Flint Ridge has been ongoing since 1973, resulting in numerous articles on the history of exploration of the caves of Mammoth Cave National Park. He taught his first Karst Field Studies class for Western Kentucky University in June 1984. He is author of "Diamond Caverns -- Jewel of Kentucky's Underground." His current research emphasis is on Dr. John Croghan's speleotherapy experiment to treat tuberculosis in the 1840's, and the history of cave exploration and cave development in Flint Ridge.