Karst Interest Group (KIG) 2021 Workshop

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The 8th USGS Karst Interest Group will be held May 2021 (exact dates to be determined).   


2020 Update

The 8th USGS Karst Interest Group (KIG) Workshop is postponed to May 2021. The exact date of the workshop is to be determined depending on venue availability. 

The KIG Coordinating Committee is contacting all registered attendees now so they may amend travel plans. We will send out the specific dates for the rescheduled workshop as soon as possible.   We will contact presenters soon with additional information regarding abstracts and meeting proceedings.   If you have any questions, please reach out to us at KIG_group@usgs.gov.


The 8th U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group (KIG) workshop will be held May 2021 (exact dates to be determiend) 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 of technical presentations and poster sessions. The third day 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 2021 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_group@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 


Click here to register for the 2021 KIG Workshop.



Lodging information

Updated lodging options will be posted after the workshop dates are finalized.  


Previous lodging blocks were available at these two locations.   If you had arrangements with either hotel, you will need to call them to cancel. 

   Hampton Inn, 2330 Elliston Place
     You may call the Hampton Inn at (615) 320-6060.  The block name was "USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop".

   Hampton Inn, 1919 West End Avenue 
     You may call the Hampton Inn at (615) 329-1144 .  The block name was "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, 2020. You will be notified via email by September 30, 2020 of acceptance for oral or poster session.


•  September 20, 2020 - Submit oral and poster presentation proposal

•  February 10, 2021 - 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 2021 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.

KIG is a part of the 2021 International Year of Caves and Karst.

The International Year of Caves and Karst is organized by the International Union of Speleology, the worldwide organization of cave and karst explorers, scientists, managers, and educators.