A scientist being lowered on a rope down into a sun-dappled cave

Free with Academy admission. Admission tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

This daylong symposium features science talks by the authors of The Cave Fauna of California (free PDF) and cavers working at Lassen National Forest, followed by a panel discussion of conservation issues.

Printed copies of The Cave Fauna of California can be purchased online through Speleobooks or in-person at the symposium—email us to reserve your copy and we'll collect payment at the event. 

Preliminary Symposium Schedule*

10-10:15 am | Welcome and introductions
Dr. Shannon Bennett

10:15-10:45 am | Introducing The Cave Fauna of California
G.O. Graening

10:45-11:15 am California cave arachnids
Darrell Ubick

11:15-11:45 am | Beetles and caves: adaptations, unusual California fauna
Rolf Aalbu 

11:45 am-12:15 pm | Cave biology studies and photography in national parks
Jean Krejca & Steve Taylor

12:15-1:30 pm | Lunch on your own at the Academy Café or Terrace Restaurant

1:30-2 pm | The Cave Fauna of California and Conservation: The New Melones Connection
D. Craig Rudolph

2-2:40 pm California cave biogeography and biodiversity
William R. Elliott

2:40-2:55 pm | Book signing and break

2:55-3:05 pm | Development of a Cave Inventory Program on the Lassen National Forest
Tom Rickman and Barb Andrews

3:05-4 pm Panel discussion and Q&A
Bruce Rogers and Joel Despain

*subject to change