Please join us Tuesday, September 19th for our next Chapter meeting.  Our speaker will be Nico Hauwert PhD, Professional Geoscientist, who will talk about “The influence of groundwater on the native landscape.”  Dr. Hauwert will discuss the historical widespread filling of caves and cave ecosystems in Central Texas (including historical Austin Caverns on nearby Meredith Drive), their restoration and influence on groundwater flow and recharge.

Nico’s career in unraveling the mysteries of the underground frontier began through cave exploreing since 1979. He previously served as both President and Vice President for the Austin Geological Society, completed his Ph.D. dissertation in May 2009 from the University of Texas, received an M.S. in Geology from Univ. of Toledo Dept of Geology in 1991, and obtained a B.S. in Geology from University of Texas in 1984. From 1993-2000 he started groundwater tracing studies as Assessment Program manager and senior hydrogeologist for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. During that time he managed and led tours in Whirlpool and Lost Oasis Caves as a volunteer for Texas Cave Management Association. From 2000 to October 2016 he served as environmental scientist senior for City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, managing various cave restoration projects. He currently manages the Balcones Canyonland Preserve Program for Austin Water and teaches classes on geology and caves at Concordia University.

The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.