A Workshop on



Sponsored by:

Karst Waters Institute



David Culver, American University, Washington

Louis Deharveng, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse

Janine Gibert, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne


To be held at

Laboratoire Souterrain

Moulis, France

March 18-20, 2001



Information about the distribution of subterranean animals is rapidly growing, facilitated by the availability of easily manipulated databases and mapping software (GIS). These advances make possible quantitative comparisons between taxa, regions, countries, and even continents. Information about the distribution of subterranean animals is also of special interest to conservation planners and others concerned with the protection of biodiversity. The purpose of this workshop will be to facilitate the collection and dissemination of information about the distribution of subterranean animals. The focus will be on three issues: (1) data management and ways to facilitate comparison among regions and countries, including database structure, control of access to information, and scales of analysis; (2) progress reports from ongoing subterranean biodiversity mapping projects; and (3) uses of the maps and databases, including conservation planning and explanations for biodiversity patterns. A workshop proceedings will be published that should serve as a guide to both new and ongoing subterranean biodiversity mapping efforts.


This workshop will be limited to a maximum of 50 participants, and is intended for those actively mapping subterranean biodiversity or intending to do so. The emphasis will be on discussion and the search for consensus, rather than on formal presentations. If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the co-chairs, preferably by e-mail.


David Culver (dculver@american.edu)

Louis Deharveng (deharven@cict.fr)

Janine Gibert (jgibert@biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr)