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Scarisoara Cave, Romania (photo: Claudiu Szabo/Gig Fratila)
Karst Collection
You might not realize it, but karst is a landscape that’s all around us, particularly here in Florida, and USF is home to not only one of the best collections of information about it, but also a large number of recognized experts in karst research. This week’s University Beat on WUSF-TV/DT brings you a closer look at the work USF is doing on karst and how man and nature’s interactions with it can affect our future.

On the Radio

Lake Room in Briar Cave, Florida (Photo by Sean Roberts)
Karst Collection

Karst is a landscape that’s all around us here in Florida, and USF is putting together a collection of karst research—and researchers—that rivals anything similar anywhere in the world. This week’s University Beat on WUSF-FM introduces you to some of those scientists and shows you how their work is changing what we know about this important geological structure.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

USF Department of Geography Associate Professor, Dr. Philip van Beynen, and Chairman, Dr. Robert Brinkmann, on the importance of the interdisciplinary make-up of USF’s karst research.

Dorien McGee, a PhD student in the USF Department of Geology, says USF students benefit both now and in their future from working with such a large group of karst experts.


Dr. Philip Reeder, the Director of the USF Environmental Science & Policy Program, says more and more researchers are realizing the importance of studying karst.

Todd Chavez, USF Libraries’ Director of Academic Resources, talks about the five-thousand objects currently found in the Karst Information Portal.


Dr. Bogdan Onac, a USF Department of Geology Assistant Professor, speaks about his work in cave research, including the discovery of a very historic footprint.

For more information

Karst Information Portal



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