Events

Sistema Huautla: Cave diving for exploration & science in one of the world’s most spectacular deep caves

Summary

Royal Society of Tasmania June Lecture

Start Date

5th Jun 2018 8:00pm

End Date

5th Jun 2018 9:00pm

Venue

Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. (Entry from Dunn Place)

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP necessary. Enquiries: royal.society@tmag.tas.gov.au or 6165 7014

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Dr Klocker will talk about recent caving and cave diving expeditions he has led to Sistema Huautla, one of the world's deepest cave systems located in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. He will focus in particular on the March 2018 expedition: one of the most ambitious and challenging cave diving projects ever attempted as the divers attempt to surpass the previous limit of exploration, some five kilometres underground.

Originally from Austria, Dr Klocker moved to Hobart as honorary research fellow at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC. He has since completed a PhD with UTAS & CSIRO in Quantitative Marine Science, held a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, returned to Australia as a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science and the Australian National University, and has been awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies continuing his specialist work on ocean turbulence.

Dr Klocker got hooked by caving in 2008 while doing his PhD, and soon after combined his caving and diving addiction to become a cave diver in 2011. In Australia his main focus has been on cave exploration in the Junee-Florentine in Tasmania, an area known for Australia's deepest cave systems, remote sumps and huge exploration potential.

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