Harvey DuChene

Harvey DuChene is Chair of the Board of Directors for KWI. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in geology from the University of New Mexico, and has published numerous papers on a variety of topics, including Pennsylvanian and Permian stratigraphy, tectonics in salt basins, impact of tectonics on speleogenesis in the southern Rocky Mountain region, cave mineralogy, and sulfuric acid speleogenesis. He has been interested in caves and karst for more than 50 years, in particular the study of hypogenic (sulfuric acid) cave systems. His primary focus has been the study of caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico and west Texas. From 1991-1998, he was principal investigator for the Lechuguilla Cave Mineralogy and Geology Inventory Project on behalf of the National Park Service. This work resulted in the publication of the “Caves of the Guadalupe Mountains Symposium” in the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies in 2000. Harvey is a member of the Geological Society of America and American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society (NSS). He was the NSS representative to the American Geological Institute from 1993-2007 and was responsible for the publication, Living on Karst: A Fragile Foundation.