Monthly Archives: February 2021

Save the Date! March 27, 2021 – Karst Award for Dr. Annette Summers Engel

How it started? How it’s going! One Speleologist’s Journey into Darkness

Photos of Annette Engel

Please join us for the 2021 KWI Awards Ceremony and Karst Award for Dr. Annette Summers Engel.

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 2:00-4:30, with lecture at 3:15 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time; UTC-04:00)
Venue: Zoom (you must register using one of the forms below)

The Karst Waters Institute is pleased to announce that the Karst Award winner for 2021 is Dr. Annette Summers Engel of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Please join us on Saturday, March 27, 2021 for presentation of the award, a presentation by Annette, and networking opportunities with other karst/cave scientists. Click here to learn more about Dr. Engel.

KWI looks forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony to celebrate Annette’s award, hear a presentation by Annette on her work and adventures, and enjoy an afternoon of conversation and companionship with fellow scientists and friends. The meeting is from 2:00-4:30, with the awards lecture at 3:15 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time; UTC-04:00). A detailed schedule is provided below.

To register, please click on the appropriate link below:

Student Registration (free – the $10 cost has been covered via donations from KWI Board Members)

Professional Registration ($20)

Both forms will eventually take you to a Zoom registration link upon completion. You must complete the final part of the Zoom registration page to be able to attend the meeting – you will receive a Zoom link for the meeting and confirmation from KWI President Janet Herman once your registration is complete. For security reasons, only those who have registered can attend the meeting. If you do not already have a Zoom account, you can make one at that time. Registration closes immediately prior to the start of the meeting.

Schedule of Events

Time EDT Event Host
2:00 Welcome and what is KWI, including introduction of Board of Directors and Officers Harvey DuChene, Chair, Board of Directors
2:05 Plans for today’s event Janet Herman
2:10 Sulfuric acid weathering conference announcement Jenn Macalady
2:15 Critical Zone lecture series announcement Matt Covington
2:20 KWI Distinguished Service Award Janet Herman
2:25 Announcement of 2021 Wilson Award Janet Herman
2:30 Past Wilson winners research updates Janet Herman
2:40 Get to know who is here – breakout rooms (thematic)
3:10 Introduction of 2021 KWI Karst Award Recipient – Annette Engel Harvey DuChene, PJ Moore
3:15 Lecture and Q&A:  How It Started? How It’s Going! One Speleologist’s Journey into Darkness Annette Engel
4:00 Group discussion of activities in karst science (ask anyone in the room anything)
4:30 End

Once registered, you can join the meeting at any time.

Frontiers in Karst Colloquium Series – 1st seminar (spring 2021)

The first Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst Colloquium for the spring semester is coming up next week. You have to register in advance to attend (details below).
In collaboration with the NSF-funded Carbonate Critical Zone RCN, we are hosting a series of seminars focused on critical zone processes in carbonates. Presentations will be made by invited speakers from across the range of disciplines within CZ science, particularly highlighting contributions by early-career scientists. Presentations will be approximately 30 minutes long with 10-15 minutes afterward for questions and discussion.


Wednesday, February 24 – Weathering of rock to regolith: The activity of deep roots in bedrock fractures

8 am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 5 pm Central European / 11 pm China

Dr. Elizabeth Hasenmueller (St Louis University)


For those who cannot attend live, the seminars will also be recorded and made available on the Karst Waters Institute website (

Attendance is free and open to anyone. Prior to attending the seminar, you must register at the following link and further details will be sent to your email.