NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

Photo: USGS Volcanology


Volcanospeleology is a branch of cave geology and geomorphology that pertains directly to underground voids developed as a result of volcanic processes.

In recognition of several world-class volcanic terranes that enhance the geology near Weed, California and the NSS 2021 Convention, the conveners of the volcanospeleology session invite submissions for oral or poster presentation addressing aspects of archaeology, biospeleology, cartography, chemistry, flow mechanics, geography, genesis, geology, hydrology, history, microbial ecology, mineralogy, and/or human use of lava caves, conduits, and related features.

The conveners prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive, and look forward to presenting a diverse suite of talks.

Session Details

Session Moderator

John Tinsley, PhD

U.S. Geological Survey (Ret)

Session Moderator

J.R. Skok, PhD

SETI Institute Research Scientist

Call For Abstracts:

Opens: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Closes: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Session Moderators:

John Tinsley & J.R. Skok
Email: jtinsley@usgs.gov; jrs222@gmail.com


How to write an abstract

Online Abstract Submissions:


Online Video Upload Link:


Student Scientists:

The James G. Mitchell Fund was established in 1965 and is maintained by contributions to the National Speleological Foundation. This award includes a cash award for the best scientific paper presented at the NSS Convention by a student member (or members) of the society. Eligible papers shall be judged by an interdisciplinary panel appointed by the Mitchell Award sub-committee chair. For consideration, contact sub-committee chair, Dr. Kathy Lavoie at award-mitchell@caves.org.