Document Type

Oral History

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Collection Name

Karst Oral History Project

Publisher Information

University of South Florida Tampa Library


Applied ecology, Cave conservation, Conservation of natural resources, Ecotourism, Jeanne Gurnee, Russell H. Gurnee, Harrison's Cave, Barbados, International cooperation, Karst conservation, Lascaux Cave, France, National Speleological Society, Rio Camuy Cave, P. R., Sonora Caverns, Texas, Speleology, Women in conservation of natural resources


Jeanne Gurnee, speleologist, explorer, writer, editor, conservationist, and land-use planner, discusses how she developed her lifelong interest in caving, how she met her husband Russell, and how they began their involvement with the National Speleological Society (NSS) as a professional pair. She gives an in-depth, chronological discussion of her professional involvement with caving groups and organizations, specifically the founding of fifty or more grottos, as well as her cave projects in Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Angola. Jeanne Gurnee speaks of her love of "show caves", their importance, her reception as an ecological lecturer, and her advice to young women beginning careers in the geographical field. She also discusses the topic of journal publication, target readership, and the future for karst environments.

Physical Information

1 sound file (78min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (digital, PDF file)