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Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 11:48 am
by nathanroser
So I am a junior in college right now majoring in environmental science and doing a minor/concentration in earth science and hydrology. I am planning on graduating a semester early next December but have to do a senior research project. I would really like to do some research this summer on some cave or karst area in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, or Pennsylvania. I'm looking for someone to work with that I would be able to do some serious study with that is a bit more legitimate and official than the usual cavers going out to scoop and survey booty. Mainly so my college will think I'm actually doing research and not just caving. If anyone here is interested or knows someone who might be, PM me so I can start getting an idea of where I might do such a project.

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 5:36 pm
by tncaver
The Miriam Webster online dictionary has this to say:

Definition of SPELEOLOGY
: the scientific study or exploration of caves

Basically that covers a huge majority of organized cavers. Cavers who map caves, or even register caves with a state cave survey could be
considered speleologists. Too bad it doesn't pay better.

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 5:39 pm
by wyandottecaver
*sometimes* it pays pretty good. Ask Merlin Tuttle :)

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 7:03 pm
by tncaver
wyandottecaver wrote:*sometimes* it pays pretty good. Ask Merlin Tuttle :)


I consider Merlin Tuttle a bat biologist as opposed to a speleologist.

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 7:26 pm
by wyandottecaver
hmm well if we restrict it to ONLY studying and exploring the cave itself, then we could still include a bunch of government cavers, and maybe the few cave explorers who opened show caves!

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 7:34 pm
by tncaver
Technically, Merlin Tuttle would probably qualify as a Speleologist and a bat biologist. Merlin would be on the upper end of the scale. Making money for his work and specializing in bat studies. Most speleologists according to the Miriam Webster defintion, probably make no money doing what they love.

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 6, 2011 9:14 pm
by nathanroser
Well to clarify things I was looking for something that would involve studying geology/hydrology of a cave system or systems, or karst area. But I would consider surveying and mapping caves to be speleology as well.

Re: Looking for a speleologist to work with

PostPosted: Dec 7, 2011 10:33 am
by Roy Jameson
Have you read Art Palmer's book Cave Geology? Do you have anything in particular that interests you, based on caves you have visited?