By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
Mammoth Cave National Park will play host to a research science symposium later this week that will feature more than 60 presentations covering a variety of scientific research projects from archeological to social sciences and everything in between.
This will be the 10th research symposium to take place over a period of 22 years. This year’s theme for the event is “Celebrating the Diversity of Research in the Mammoth Cave Region.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, the Cave Research Foundation, and Western Kentucky University’s Hoffman Environmental Research Institute.
“We are very pleased to host an event of this caliber,” said Sarah Craighead, superintendent of Mammoth Cave National Park in a press release. “Mammoth Cave is thought to be the most studied karst area in the world, but there is still much more to learn.”
Five federal agencies and 24 universities will be represented during the symposium. Of the presentations to be made during the event, WKU faculty, staff and students contributed to 17 of them, said Dr. Chris Groves with the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at WKU in the press release.
The research symposium will take place Thursday and Friday in the Rotunda Room of the Mammoth Cave Hotel.