The theme for the 2017 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium is “An Ancient Land with Modern Problems”, and this symposium builds on sessions held during the 2015 NCKMS. Presentations with an emphasis on management related to human impact on karst are encouraged. However, oral presentations and/ or poster submissions on all topics related to the management of caves and karst resources may be submitted. In addition to submitting abstracts for oral presentations and posters, we ask presenters to develop extended abstracts to be included in the Proceedings.



Oral: Please Note: The length of oral presentations has been reduced from 20 minutes to 15 minutes due to the number of presentations received.  The length of each oral presentation is 15 minutes, including time for discussion. The 15 minute time limit will be strictly enforced to remain on schedule. Please prepare a 12-minute presentation followed by 3 minutes allotted for questions and discussion.  Standard computer presentation equipment will be available. The preferred presentation format is Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx extension) using the standard 4:3 ratio. If you wish to use another format or program, or if you need additional equipment, please inform the program chair, Matt Niemiller (

Poster: Posters shall be attended by the corresponding author during the poster session. The maximum size for posters is 90 cm wide by 120 cm high.

Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Abstracts:

A Microsoft Word version of these instructions is available for download here: Abstract-example

Abstracts are required for all oral and poster presentations. The maximum word count of the text is 300 words, excluding title and author information. If longer than 300 words, the abstract will be returned to the presenting author for reduction of word count. Please follow the instructions below for abstract preparation.

Abstracts should be formatted in Microsoft Word and saved with the file name in the format presenting author FamilyName_GivenName.doc (or .docx) (e.g., Slay_Michael.docx). For multiple submissions by the same presenting author, add the number 2 (and so on) after the author name in the file name of the second abstract (e.g., Slay_Michael2.docx), 3 for the third, etc. Submit each abstract file in a separate email.

All abstracts are to be sent via email to Dr. Matthew Niemiller at with the subject line of “NCKMS 2017 Abstract-Oral” or “NCKMS 2017 Abstract-Poster” as appropriate.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 1, 2017.

Before sending your abstract file, please make sure that any and all edits have been accepted in “Track Changes” and that “Track Changes” has been turned off. If not, your abstract will be returned.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and the presenting author will be contacted via email regarding acceptance as an oral or poster presentation. If your preferred oral presentation is to be changed to a poster presentation because of time restraints in the program, you will be informed by email.

Accepted abstracts will be placed on the program schedule only upon receipt of registration by the presenting author.

The Symposium Timetable will be posted to the symposium website when available. Please check this timetable for your presentation.

Abstracts should be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx files). Use Times New Roman font at 12 point font size. Use left justification only. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence or a proper name only. Do not capitalize any whole word except commonly used acronyms (e.g., ANOVA). Use italics style for species names only. Do not use any other style (e.g., bold) except for commonly accepted notations (e.g., superscript in “cm3” and subscript in α0.05).

Provide all of the following information in the order given. See the example abstract. You may use the example abstract as a template by simply typing over the appropriate sections.

Indicate if the abstract is for an oral or a poster presentation.

Name of the presenting author in the format Family Name, Given Name(s). Use entire given names, not just initials.

Email address of presenting author. Do not start with the word “Email”.

Title. Keep the title as short as possible. Do not use quotation marks around the title. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence or a proper name only. Use italics for species names only.

List of all authors in the format Family Name, Given Name(s). Use entire names rather than initials. For multiple authors separate each author name with a semicolon (;). Do not use the word “and” before the name of the last author. Indicate presenting author with an asterisk (*).

Use superscript numbers to differentiate authors with different addresses.

List of author addresses. Use a separate line for each author in the order of the superscript numbers given in the list of authors. Begin each line with the appropriate superscript number.

Do not use abbreviations but spell out all words, including state or province names and country names.

Text of abstract, limited to a maximum of 300 words. Do not indent the first line.

Abstract Submission Example:

An example abstract is presented below.  We have also included an example abstract template in Microsoft Word that can be downloaded here: Abstract-example


Throneberry, Jason Kendal

Current status and habitat use of the Foushee cavesnail, Amnicola cora (Hydrobiidae) in Foushee Cave, Independence County, Arkansas.

Throneberry, Jason Kendal*1, Slay, Michael Edward2; Taylor, Stephen James3

1Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
2Arkansas Field Office, The Nature Conservancy, 601 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
3Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois, United States

The Foushee cavesnail, Amnicola cora Hubricht 1979 (Gastropoda: Neotaenioglossa: Hydrobiidae), is a single-site endemic stygobiont found in Foushee Cave, Independence County, Arkansas. Because little information was available concerning this species, a project was initiated in 2007 to establish baseline data on habitat use and population size. Sampling trips occurred during late spring and summer months to minimize disturbance to hibernating gray bats (Myotis grisescens) and at monthly intervals to minimize in-stream trampling of cavesnails. We established 25 sampling locations along the first ~1,000 m of cave stream and counted snails that occurred within a 0.05 m2 quadrat placed haphazardly at each location. To characterize habitat use, we quantified snail position on substrate and measured water depth, flow, and substrate proportions. Sampling occurred during 12 visits from 2007 to 2014. The surveys yielded a significant difference (p ˂ 0.001) between the numbers of snails among habitat types, with riffles having more snails than pools. Also, there was a strong preference (p < 0.001) for cobble and rock substrate. The quadrat census project spurred additional conservation efforts by several Arkansas state agencies. The potential for groundwater impacts to the cave system was assessed with funding from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and this funding was used to delineate the recharge boundary, characterize vulnerability, and document point hazards. Following the recharge delineation, a landowner parcel assessment was conducted to determine number and size of parcels that overlay the cave system. This information was then used by Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to identify landowners interested in selling property and several land acquisitions were completed. Following these acquisitions, over 80% of land recharging groundwater to Foushee Cave is part of a new Arkansas state natural area.

Format for Extended Abstract to be published in Proceedings 


We are encouraging all presenters to consider submitting an extended abstract for publication in the Proceedings that will be available following the Symposium.  The extended abstract is in addition to the regular abstract that is submitted for a talk or poster.  We are asking for extended abstracts that are up to 3 pages in length (single-spaced) including maps, figures and/or images.


  • Submit papers via email or flash drive to Matthew Niemiller at FTP upload available on request.
  • Assure the first author’s name and the paper’s title is included within the file names. If submitting multiple papers, please submit them as separate email messages or separate files.
  • To help us reproduce illustration placements as closely to your wishes as possible, please consider including a PDF or hard copy of your final formatted paper.
  • Submit your paper promptly as we intend to have the Proceedings available at the Symposium.

Graphics, Photos, Maps, and Line Art

  • Papers with graphics (photos, tables, graphs) should be included as separate files in commonly used file formats (.pdf, .jpg, .tiff, .xls.) For accurate placement of graphics, please include a document with formatted text, such as Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF.
  • All images should be capable of being reproduced at 200 dpi or better.
  • All graphics should be properly labeled and include a reference showing proper placement within the text.
  • Hard copy submissions are discouraged; however, arrangements may be made as needed.