Cave Ecology

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are based out of Hamilton Valley Field Station, located on the border of Mammoth Cave National Park near Bowling Green, Kentucky. See Logistics page for more information.


May 30-June 5

Instructor: Dr. Jut Wynne

Dr. Jut Wynne is an expeditionary cave scientist and conservation ecologist. He serves as an assistant research professor with the Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University (NAU), a Fulbright Scholar in support of his research on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. Wynne holds a Ph.D. in ecology and an M.S. in environmental science and policy from NAU, and a UNESCO/ Cousteau Certificate in Ecotechnie from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is editor of the upcoming book, "Cave Biodiversity: Evolution and Speciation of Subterranean Fauna" (John Hopkins University Press), has served as a guest writer for Scientific American and Mongabay, and published nearly 100 papers on a range of topics including wildlife-habitat modeling, cave ecology, space science and exploration, and terrestrial and planetary cave detection techniques. In the last 15 years, Wynne has led over 70 expeditions to Belize, Chile, China, Spain, Rapa Nui, Hawai’i, and throughout the American Southwest. With training in wildlife ecology, entomology, statistical modeling, and remote sensing, Wynne is a passionate field scientist dedicated to the study of the natural world and conservation science.