Karst Interest Group (KIG) 2020 Workshop

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The 8th U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group (KIG) workshop will be held May 13-15, 2020 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together scientists from different offices of the USGS, Department of the Interior, other Federal and state agencies, research institutes, and universities to present the results of scientific work in karst areas or discuss karst related programs in their bureaus or offices. The workshop will consist of two days (May 13 and 14) of technical presentations and poster sessions. The third day (May 15) will be an optional field trip which will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to experience the stunning karst terrain of the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee.  


Workshop Logistics Contacts:

The 2020 KIG Workshop is co-sponsored by Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.  General inquires and questions about the upcoming KIG workshop may be sent to KIG@usgs.gov.

  • Ben Miller (USGS Nashville, TN) is the field trip chair
  • Tom Byl (USGS Nashville, TN and TSU adjunct professor) is coordinating the local logistics
  • Eve Kuniansky (USGS, Norcross, GA) is coordinating the oral and poster sessions/ publication in the proceedings
  • Allan Clark and Douglas Schnoebelen (USGS, San Antonio, TX) are the USGS Karst Interest Group co-coordinators 

Note about the UNESCO 2020 Karst Workshop: The USGS KIG workshop is being held the week before the UNESCO 2020 Karst Workshop, Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community. This workshop has a different focus with some overlap with the USGS KIG and we hope people may participate in both workshops. Their submission deadline is November 30, 2019. There will be an optional weekend field trip following the KIG workshop for those planning to attend both workshops. 




Click here to register for the 2020 KIG Workshop.



Lodging information

Hampton Inn, 2330 Elliston Place

A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (2330 Elliston Place) for $149 / night.  The arrival date is May 12 and the departure date is May 16.

Use this booking link to reserve one of those rooms under this block.  You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 320-6060.  The block name is "USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop".

Hampton Inn, 1919 West End Avenue 

A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (1919 West End Avenue) for $149 / night.  The arrival date is May 12 and the departure date is May 16.

Use this booking link to reserve one of those rooms under this block.  You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 329-1144 .  The block name is "USGS Karst Interest Group".


Presentation guidelines

Screenshot of the USGS Karst Interest Group 2017 proceedings report cover

View past proceedings on the Publications tab

Submit your idea for an oral or poster session and publication in the proceedings no later than September 20, 2019. You will be notified via email by September 30, 2019 of acceptance for oral or poster session.


•  September 20, 2019 - Submit oral and poster presentation proposal

•  February 20, 2020 - Final deadline for Abstracts or Extended Abstracts completed 2 peer reviews and submitted to Eve Kuniansky and Larry Spangler.


Extended abstracts are limited to 10 pages and must be approved for publication. USGS personnel must provide the IPDS number for their individually approved extended abstract. 


Peer-reviewed, approved publications only.

All submitted papers must have a minimum of 2 peer reviews. Additionally, papers must be approved for publication through the normal report-review process of your agency. 

For example, USGS information products containing new research or interpretive information, that is, material that has not been published previously in a USGS series publication, outside publication, or elsewhere will need to be approved by a Bureau Approving Official (BAO) in the USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI). However, the KIG proceedings is for abstracts and extended abstracts and thus approval authority within the USGS is at the Center Chief level.

If you are having difficulty finding colleague/peer reviewers for your paper, contact the proceedings co-coordinators (KIG@usgs.gov). 

USGS Report Standards and report template

After acceptance by the technical committee, use the KIG 2020 report template for submitting the final, approved paper.







  • Geophysical methods in karst
  • Karst ecosystems
  • Karst in Tennessee
  • Karst geomicrobiology
  • Programs within DOI that involve karst
  • Numerical modeling in karst
  • Karst in coastal zones
  • Contaminant transport in karst
  • Sediment transport in karst conduits systems
  • Pathogens in karst
  • Effects of climate change on karst aquifers
  • Natural resource development in karst areas
  • Geochemistry of karst systems
  • Aquifer hydraulics in karst systems
  • Tracers in karst
  • Fractured carbonate systems
  • Speleogenesis
  • Cave and spring species and habitats
  • Evaporite-carbonate karst differences
  • Karst hazards
  • Agriculture and karst issues
  • Geologic framework of karst systems
  • Karst Aquifer Systems

Mission of the USGS Karst Interest Group

The Karst Interest Group’s (KIG) mission is to encourage and support inter-disciplinary collaboration and technology transfer among USGS scientists working in karst areas. Additionally, the KIG encourages the exchange of karst-related information between USGS scientists and scientists from various other entities.