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NCKRI Staff

Learn more about the dedicated staff members of the Institute, their backgrounds and responsibilities.

Dr. George Veni

NCKRI Executive Director (since 2007)
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: (575) 887-5517 Fax: (575) 887-5523
gveni@nckri.org


Education:

Ph.D., Geology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994 
Master of Science, Geography, Western Kentucky University, 1985 
Bachelor of Science, Geology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1982

Dr. Veni is an internationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in caves and karst terrains. Prior to NCKRI, he owned and served as principal investigator of George Veni and Associates for more than 20 years. Much of his work has been in Texas, but he has also conducted extensive karst research throughout the United States and in several other countries. He served as the Executive Secretary of the National Speleological Society’s Section of Cave Geology and Geography for 11 years and President of the Texas Speleological Survey for 13 years. He was the Chairman of the 15th International Congress of Speleology, a member of the governing board of the International Union of Speleology from 2002-2009, and the Union’s Vice President of Administration from 2009 to the present. He has served as a doctoral committee advisor for geological, geographical, and biological dissertations for multiple universities and taught karst geoscience courses as an adjunct professor for Western Kentucky University for 12 years. Three cave-dwelling species have been named in his honor. He has published and presented over 210 papers, including four books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management in karst terrains.

Recent Papers and Publications: 

Veni, George, and Dale Pate. 2014. National parks: a refuge for hidden cave and karst resources. Dynamiques Environnmentales, no.31:32-47.

Veni, George. 2014. Geophysics and bat guano: probing the depths of Bracken Cave. Bats, 32(2): 12-14.

Veni, George. 2013. A framework for assessing the role of karst conduit morphology, hydrology, and evolution in the transport and storage of carbon and associated sediments. Acta Carsologica, 42(2-3): 203-211.

Veni, George. 2013. Impact of climate change on human and ecological use of karst groundwater resources: a case study from the southwestern USA. NCKRI Symposium 3: Proceedings of the 20th National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, Lewis Land and Mark Joop, eds. National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Carlsbad, New Mexico, pp. 51-59.

Golubovic Deligianni,Miljana, George Veni, and Katherina Theodorakopoulou. 2013. The relationship of karst landforms and land use, Ksiromero Region, western Greece. 16th International Congress of Speleology Proceedings, Michal Filippi and Pavel Bosák (eds.), Brno, Czech Republic, pp. 291-295.

Land, Lewis, and George Veni. 2013. Solving karst flooding in Las Cruces, Petén, Guatemala. 16th International Congress of Speleology Proceedings, Michal Filippi and Pavel Bosák (eds.), Brno, Czech Republic, pp. 252-255.

Veni, George. 2013. Government Canyon State Natural Area: an emerging model for karst management. NCKRI Symposium 2: 13th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts on Karst, Lewis Land, Daniel H. Doctor, and J. Brad Stephenson, eds. National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Carlsbad, New Mexico, pp. 433-440.

Johnson, Steve, Geary Schindel, George Veni, Nico Hauwert, Brian Hunt, Brian Smith, and Marcus Gary. 2012. Tracing groundwater flowpaths in the vicinity of San Marcos Springs, Texas. Report No. 12-01, Edwards Aquifer Authority, 147 pp.

 


Recent Awards and Recognitions:

Acceptance in the Explorer's Club, November 2012.

Honorary Board Director, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, June 2010.

Inclusion in the Texas Legacy Project, an interview archive of the Conservation History Association of Texas with “people who have shaped and continue to influence the protection of Texas natural resources.” February 2006.

Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, for work on Proposition 3 Scientific Evaluation Team, identifying preferred areas for acquisition for protection of the Edwards Aquifer through $45 million bond, January 2003.

Outstanding Book in Speleology Award for co-editing Living with Karst: A Fragile Foundation; International Union of Speleology, 2001.

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NCKRI Operations Division Director
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: (505)463-6130 Fax: (575) 887-5523
vgonzales@nckri.org


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Dr. Lewis Land

NCKRI Karst Hydrogeologist (since 2002)
NCKRI Liaison with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (2002)
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: (575) 887-5508 Fax: (575) 887-5523
lland@nckri.org


Education:

Ph.D., Geology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
Master of Science, Geology, University of Oklahoma, 1993
Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of Oklahoma, 1981  

Dr. Land focuses his research on regional investigations of karstic aquifers and associated phenomena in southern New Mexico. He is NCKRI’s lead geophysical investigator. Prior to his career as a hydrogeologist, he spent eight years in the petroleum industry exploring for new oil reserves in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S., and offshore West Africa. His doctoral research included submersible investigations of submarine sinkholes in the Straits of Florida. Before coming to work for NCKRI and NMBGMR in 2002, Dr. Land spent two years with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources conducting geophysical surveys of aquifers beneath the coastal plain of North Carolina. He has served on several graduate student committees at New Mexico Tech, and is an adjunct faculty member in the NMT Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He is a Past-President of the New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS), and served for five years on the NMGS Executive Committee.  

Recent Papers and Publications:

Land, L. & Huff, G. F., 2010, Multi-tracer investigation of groundwater residence time in a karstic aquifer: Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 18, p. 455-472.

Land, L., 2009, Anthropogenic sinkholes in the Delaware Basin Region: West Texas and southeastern New Mexico: West Texas Geological Society Bulletin, v. 48, p. 10-22.

Land, L., 2009, The impact of hypogenic processes on water resources in the arid southwest: Examples from the lower Pecos region of New Mexico,USA, in Stafford, K. W., Land, L. & Veni, G. (eds.), Advances in Hypogene Karst Studies, National Cave & Karst Research Institute Symposium no.1, p. 149-156.

Stafford, K. W., Land, L. & Veni, G. (eds.), 2009, Advances in Hypogene Karst Studies, National Cave & Karst Research Institute Symposium no.1, Carlsbad, National Cave & Karst Research Institute, 182 p.

Land, L. & Burger, P., 2008, Rapid recharge events in a karstic aquifer: An example from Lake of the White Roses, Lechuguilla Cave, NM, in Yuhr, L., Alexander, Jr., E. C. & Beck, B., eds., Proceedings of the Eleventh Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Tallahassee, Florida: ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication no. 183, p. 396-403.

Stafford, K., Land, L., & Klimchouk, A., 2008, Hypogenic speleogenesis within Seven Rivers evaporites: Coffee Cave, Eddy County, New Mexico: Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, v. 70, p. 47-61.

Land, L. & Newton, B. T., 2008, Seasonal and long-term variations in hydraulic head in a karstic aquifer: Roswell Artesian Basin, New Mexico: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 44, p. 175-191.

Land, L., Lueth, V., Raatz, B., Boston, P., & Love, D. (eds.), 2006, Caves and Karst of Southeastern New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook 57, 344 p.

Davis, D. & Land, L., 2006, Recently discovered passages in Fort Stanton Cave, New Mexico, and implications for speleogenesis and regional geomorphic processes in the northern Sacramento Mountains, in Land, L., Lueth, V., Raatz, B., Boston, P., & Love, D. (eds.), Caves and Karst of Southeastern New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook 57, p. 219-226.

Land, L., Lautier, J., Wilson, N., Chianese, G., & Webb, S., 2004, Geophysical Monitoring and Evaluation of Coastal Plain Aquifers: Ground Water, v. 42, p. 59-67.

Recent Awards and Recognitions:

Renewed appointment to adjunct professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., NMT.

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Michael D. Jones

NCKRI Cave and Karst Science Specialist (since 2019)
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: (575) 689-6517 Mobile: 830- 312-8131 Fax: (575) 887-5523
mjones@nckri.org

Mr. Jones joined NCKRI in April of 2019 as the Cave and Karst Science Specialist. Michael Jones is a Water Resources Geographer and Karst Geoscientist, who focuses on karst water management. He is NCKRI’s designated Laboratory Manager, GIS/Hydrogeologist Technician, and jack-of-all-trades. Michael’s duties at the Institute include field data collection, cave sample archiving, and report writing, just to mention a few. Prior to joining NCKRI in 2019, he spent two years with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, serving as Water Resources Specialist, where he provided support for The Meadows Center’s Watershed Services and Freshwater Research programs. During his time as a student at Texas State University in 2016, he volunteered as an Intern with the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center (EARDC) and worked as a Lab Services Assistant at the Freeman Aquatic Station. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a Measurement While Drilling (MWD) and Logging While Drilling (LWD) Engineer with Crescent Directional Drilling, based out of Houston, Texas. His research interests include speleogenesis and karst aquifer characterization and hydrodynamics.

Recent Papers and Publications:

Land, L., Jones, M.D., 2020. Exploring the upper limits of electrical resistivity profiling: geophysical surveys of a proposed utility line, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. National Cave and Karst Research Institute Report of Investigation 9, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Land, L., Jones, M.D., 2020. Using electrical resistivity methods to map cave passages and conduits in the San Solomon Springs karstic aquifer system, West Texas, USA. Geological Society of America Convention, GSA 2020 Connects Online.

Land, L., Jones, M.D., Veni, G., 2020Using electrical resistivity methods to map cave passages and conduits in the San Solomon Springs karstic aquifer system, West Texas, USA. In: Land L, Kromhout C, Byle M, editors. Proceedings of the Sixteenth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst: National Cave and Karst Research Institute Symposium 8: p. 93-104.

Jones, M.D., Land, L., Veni, G., 2020. Electrical resistivity surveys: initial steps in characterizing the San Solomon Springs Aquifer, Far West Texas. Geological Society of America South-Central Section, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Jones, M.D., 2019. Geochemical signatures and aquatic life use monitoring at Rebecca Springs during the critical period of flow in the Hill Country area of South-Central Texas. Geological Society of America Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Wierman, D., Moreno, J., Jones, M.D., 2018. Pedernales River 2017 storm water sampling. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, San Marcos, Texas.

 

Recent Awards and Recognitions:

2020 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Student Scholars Symposium Paper Presentation accepted for inclusion: Jones, M.D., 2020. Characterizing groundwater flow paths in desert spring-fed wetlands using electrical resistivity tomography: San Solomon Springs Aquifer System, Far West Texas. 2020 Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Virtual Student Scholars Symposium; 2020 New Mexico Tech Student Symposium, New Mexico, USA.

2019 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Environmental Excellence Award (TEEA) Winner: Civic/Community – The Texas Stream Team Serving as State-wide Monitoring Coordinator and Quality Assurance Officer from 2017 to 2019, Michael worked with the Texas Stream Team citizen science environmental monitoring program to inspire research and innovation that ensures clean water for future generations.

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Jorja Waide

NCKRI Office Manager (since 2020)
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA
Office: (575) 887-5518 Fax: (575) 887-5523
jwaide@nckri.org


Jorja Waide joined NCKRI as the Office Manager in August of 2020. She supervises and performs financial, administrative and managerial work to support NCKRI’s programs. Jorja was born in Amarillo, TX but was raised all over including California, Missouri, Oklahoma, Delaware, okay a little bit of everywhere which makes quite the conglomeration of many different cultures, all of it with a Texas drawl. She attended high school in Fritch, TX and a Jr. college in Borger, TX studying accounting. She brings more than 20 years of office management experience having worked in oil, gas and industrial construction for most of that time. Jorja sings a variety of music ranging from Patsy Cline to Stevie Nicks, various crafts, even doing a lot of her own carpentry remodel projects and loves a good challenge in learning new computer software. She loves to cook if there is someone to appreciate it. Wife, mother of a son and daughter but has many kids who call her mom, Noni to 7 grandbabies so far, animal lover who has 5 dogs & a cat who thinks she’s a dog and she has recently taken up gardening.



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