2017 NSS-CDS Midwest Workshop

Workshop dates and location:

September 23rd, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Machinist's Hall Inc
12365 St Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton, MO 63044


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Zach Klukkert

  • Zach Klukkert is a PhD student at the City University of New York (CUNY), in the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). His dissertation research examines the biomechanics of the jaws and teeth of monkeys, and the evolution of feeding adaptations in these non-human primates. In 2010, a team of cave divers contacted his academic advisor, Alfred Rosenberger, about the skull of a poorly-known, extinct monkey they found in a flooded cave in the Dominican Republic. Soon after, the Dominican Republic Speleological Society (DRSS) and researchers at CUNY had a formal working relationship to explore paleontological sites in the many flooded caves on Hispaniola. To gain access to these important new sites, Klukkert learned to scuba dive in 2012, and then moved on to cave training under Edd Sorenson in 2014. Now, Klukkert works on paleontological projects in the Dominican Republic and in Madagascar, where he is the only scientist on the teams that is also a cave diver. Klukkert is an active member of the NSS-CDS, currently serving on the Science Committee. He is also a member of the Dominican Republic Speleological Society (DRSS) and the Madagascar Cave Diving Association (MCDA).

MichaelAngelo Gagliardi

  • Michael Angelo will be speaking on the progress of 3 aspects of the achieving project. First, Michael Angelo, will speak on the development of the Hydrological Instrumentation Platform or HIP. The HIP is an is a water quality senor platform which while attached to divers takes a periodic reading of the water as the diver swims through a system. The HIP is used in conjunction with the fauna count program. Lastly, Michael will speak on the Photographic Achieving Project and show video on how to use photographic images to show the life of a spring.

Michael Raymond

  • Michael Raymond will speak about rescuing cavers from beyond flooded cave passages / sumps. Michael is a caver / cave diver from Minnesota. He is a National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC) graduate and has served on the MN Army National Guard domestic operations planning team. In this talk he will introduce the NCRC and discuss some of the factors involved in sump rescue. Open discussion will further our community's techniques for rescuing stranded cavers.

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