Our objectives were to sample select caves for cavernicolous arthropods using a suite of sampling techniques.  During this three-year study (2007-2009), we detected 1,522 individuals representing 53 morphospecies across 16 different orders.  Several publications are currently being written based on the data collected from this project.

Special thanks to Jeff Bradybaugh, Rosie Pepito, Ethan McIntyre and Ray Klein (Parashant National Monument) for their assistance and logistical support of this research.  Jason Ballensky, Tama and John Cassidy, Michael Gowan, Luke Hanna, Jonathan Kalman, Ty Spattaand Kyle Voyles assisted with fieldwork.  The San Bernardino Cave Rescue Team remained on emergency stand-by status during this work.  The Explorers Club graciously recognized two of these trips as Explorers Club Flag Expeditions. This work was supported by a CP CESU cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and Northern Arizona University, the American Museum of Natural History, and the USGS. 


Publications & Reports

Wynne, J. J., K. D. Voyles and C. A. Drost. 2009. Preliminary Findings: 2009 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Expedition, Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag #139), On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J. J., and C. A. Drost. 2009. Southwest caves reveal new forms of life:  U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3024, Pps. 2.

Wynne, J. J. and K. D. Voyles. 2008. Cave Biological Inventory Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, AZ (2007-2008 Activity Report), unpublished report submitted to the National Park Service, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Saint George, UT, Pps. 4.


Popular Press

KTAR, 92.3 FM News Talk Radio, Interview on Eleodes wynnei, Bob McClay (31 July 2012). Regional Radio.

MS NBC, New Beetle Species Found in Remote Arizona Cave (30 July 2012). Web Media.

Arizona Daily Sun Newspaper, Flagstaff, Climate Research goes Underground, A1 & A6 (14 November 2007). Regional Newspaper.