Bob Brinkmann, professor and director of Sustainability Studies, was re-elected president of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) board of directors. Dr. Brinkmann was elected at the spring meeting of the board, which met in the Explorers Club in New York City.
NCKRI is a non-profit, government-supported institute headquartered whose goals are to conduct, support, facilitate, and promote programs in cave and karst research, education, environmental management, and data acquisition and sharing.
Congress created NCKRI in 1998 to:
- Further the science of speleology;
- Centralize and standardize speleological information;
- Foster interdisciplinary cooperation in cave and karst research programs;
- Promote public education;
- Promote national and international cooperation in protecting the environment for the benefit of cave and karst landforms; and
- Promote and develop environmentally sound and sustainable resource management practices.
Started as a federal institute within the U.S. National Park Service, NCKRI changed to a non-profit corporation in 2006 to boost its ability in creating partnerships with other organizations, raising funds, and responding quickly to new opportunities. NCKRI is actually a hybrid non-profit. It is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation but maintains its Congressional mandates, obligations, and funding.
It was created through three partners: The federal government through the National Park Service, the State of New Mexico through New Mexico Tech, and the City of Carlsbad.