Jut Wynne

Jut Wynne Cave Ecologist
Northern Arizona University
Phone: 928-523-7757
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Jut is an ABD PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences, NAU. I hold an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from NAU and a UNESCO/ Cousteau Certificate in Ecotechnie from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored 13 peer-reviewed articles, 9 white papers, 8 published abstracts, and 24 technical reports and other published works on a range of topics including wildlife-habitat modeling, cave biology, NASA education programs, and cave detection techniques for Earth, the Moon, and Mars. Research highlights to date by Jut and his colleagues include the identification of three new genera and nearly 30 new species of cave-dwelling arthropods from the southwestern U.S., 10 new species of insects from caves on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), a new species of Eukaryotic algae from an Atacama Desert (Chile) cave, and the most compelling evidence for caves on Mars. He has given numerous professional and public lectures (in both Spanish and English) throughout the U.S., Chile and Polynesia. Jut has conducted speleological studies in Belize, Chile, Rapa Nui, Hawaii and throughout the American Southwest and other field research projects in Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Mexico, Scotland and throughout the southern United States. He has led over 40 research expeditions and served as supporting personnel on nearly 100 expeditions around the world. Jut is also an invited group member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s White-Nose Syndrome Disease Management Working Group, on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Islands Research Institute, a Science Advisory Board Member for the Easter Island Foundation, and Chair of the Southwest Chapter of The Explorers Club. I am fellow of The Explorers Club, formerly a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (currently inactive), an elected member of Sigma Xi and a member of the Cave Research Foundation. NAU selected Jut for the 2011 “Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher” award, and a cave-dwelling Tenebrionid beetle has my namesake, Eleodes (Caverneleodes) wynnei. He has 13 years experience rappelling, anchor building and technical caving, and I am considered an expert in technical caving, rope work, and use of related climbing equipment. Also, he has four years experience as medical and safety personnel and hold Ropes That Rescue, AZ, Personal Rescue Skills and Clean Rigging (Dec. 2009) and WMI/NOLS Wilderness First Responder certifications (August 2009; recert. May 2013). Jut’s research has been featured on the Discovery Channel, NASA‐TV, Noticias Chanel 5 in Madrid, Spain, four national magazines in the U.S., France and Finland, elementary school science books in Spain and Canada, the Washington Post, USA Today, El Mercurio de Santiago, and radio, web and print media around the world.

Projects

 

  1. Biological Inventory and Mapping of Two Earth Cracks at Wupatki National Monument, Arizona.  Our objectives are to: (i) collect map data and develop high resolution maps; (ii) conduct summer and winter surveys for bats; (iii) sample for cave dwelling arthropods using numerous techniques; and, (iv) document other wildlife use.
  2. Habitat Characterization and Climate Change Impacts of Bat Hibernacula, Parashant National Monument.The objectives are to: (i) survey all known caves within or immediately adjacent to the monument boundary for hibernating bats; (ii) identify and census bats occurring within each cave; (iii) develop models to identify habitat correlates of bat hibernacula; (iv) develop models to investigate potential effects of global climate chance on bat hibernacula, and; (v) collect soil samples to ultimately characterize the soil microbial communities to have information necessary for early detection of the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome.
  3. Troglobite Inventory of Wet Caves, Parashant National Monument. Using a suite of sampling methods, we will intensively inventory cave-adapted organisms in two wets caves on Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Peer reviewed

Wynne, J.J. and K.D. Voyles (accepted). Cave-dwelling Arthropods and Vertebrates of North Rim Grand Canyon, with Notes on Ecology and Management. Western North American Naturalist.

Peck, S.B. and J.J. Wynne 2013. Ptomaphagus parashant new species (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae: Ptomaphagini): the most troglomorphic cholevine beetle known from Western North America. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 309-317.

Wynne, J.J. 2013. Inventory, Conservation and Management of Lava Tube Caves at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico. Park Science 30: 45-55, +appendix.

Mockford, E.L. and J.J. Wynne. 2013. Genus Cyptophania Banks (Psocodea: Lepidopsocidae): Unique features, augmented description of the generotype, and descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 3702: 437–449.

Allner, M., C. McKay, L. Coe, J. Rask, J. Paradise and J.J. Wynne,2010. NASA’s Explorer School and Spaceward Bound Programs: Insights into two Education Programs Designed to Heighten Public Support for Space Science Initiatives. Acta Astronautica 66: 1280-1284.

Shear, W.A., S.J. Taylor, J.J. Wynne and J.K. Krejca, 2009. Cave millipeds of the United States. VIII. New genera and species of polydesmidan millipeds from caves in the southwestern United States (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Polydesmidae and Macrosternodesmidae). Zootaxa 2151: 47–65.

Azua-Bustos, A., C. Gonzalez, R. Mancilla, L. Salas, R. Palma, J.J. Wynne and C.P. McKay, 2009. Ancient Photosynthetic Eukaryote Biofilms in an Atacama Desert Coastal Cave. Microbial Ecology 58: 485-496.

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, and G. Chong Diaz, 2008. On Developing Thermal Cave Detection Techniques for Earth, the Moon and Mars. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272: 240–250.

Cushing, G.E., T.N. Titus, J.J. Wynne, and P.R. Christensen. 2007. THEMIS Observes Possible Cave Skylights on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L17201. 

Wynne, J.J., C.A. Drost, N.S. Cobb and J.R. Rihs. 2007. Cave-dwelling Invertebrate Fauna of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. In Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau (C. van Riper and M. Sogge, Eds). University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 235-246.

Boykin, K., C.A. Drost and J.J. Wynne. 2007. A gap analysis of terrestrial vertebrate species of the Colorado Plateau: assessment from the Southwest Gap Analysis Project. In Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau (C. van Riper and M. Sogge, Eds). University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 235-246.

Jenness, J. and J.J. Wynne. 2005. Cohen’s Kappa and Classification Table Derived Metrics: An ArcView 3x Extension for Accuracy Assessment of Spatially Explicit Models. USGS-Southwest Biological Science Center, Open-File Report OF 2005-1363, December 2005. 86pps.

Wynne, J.J. and W. Pleytez. 2005. Sensitive Ecological Areas and Species Inventory of Actun Chapat Cave, Vaca Plateau, Belize. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 67: 148-157.

White papers (non-peer-reviewed)

Titus, T.N., J.J. Wynne, M.D. Jhabvala, G.E. Cushing, P. Shu, N.A. Cabrol. 2011. Cave Detection Using Oblique Thermal Imaging, Abstract #8024, First Interplanetary Cave Research Workshop, Carlsbad, NM.

Ruby, D., J.J. Wynne, and T.N. Titus, 2011, Novel Volumetric Cave Mapping Process Using Existing Technologies, Abstract #8031, First Interplanetary Cave Research Workshop, Carlsbad, NM.

Newcomer,K.B., J. Moersch, N.A. Cabrol, E. Grin, J.J. Wynne, and M. Chojnacki. 2011. Evaluation of A Proposed Technique for Identifying Martian Caves in THEMIS Infared Images, Abstract #2739, Lunar  and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) XLII, Houston, TX.

Titus, T.N., J.J. Wynne, D. Ruby, and N. Cabrol. 2010. The Atacama Desert Cave Shredder: A Case for Conduction Thermodynamics, Abstract #1096, LPSC XLI, Houston, TX.

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, M.D. Jhabvala, G.E. Cushing, N.A. Cabrol and E.A. Grin. 2009. Distinguishing Caves from Non-cave Anomalies: Lessons for the Moon and Mars, Abstract #2451, LPSC XL, Houston, TX.

Cabrol, N.A., E.A. Grin, and J.J. Wynne. 2009. Detection of Caves and Cave-bearing Geology on Mars, Abstract #1040, LPSC XL, Houston, TX.

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, C.A. Drost, R.S. Toomey III and K. Peterson. 2008. Annual Thermal Amplitudes and Thermal Detection of Southwestern U.S. Caves: Additional Insights for Remote Sensing of Caves on Earth and Mars, Abstract #2459, LPSC XXXIX, Houston, TX.

Cushing, G.E., T.N. Titus, J.J. Wynne, and P.R. Christensen. 2007. THEMIS Observes Possible Cave Skylights on Mars.  Abstract #1371, LPSC XXXVIII, Houston, TX. 

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, M.G. Chapman, G. Chong, C.A. Drost, J.S. Kargel, and R.S. Toomey III. 2007. Thermal behavior of Earth Caves: a Proxy for Gaining Inference into Martian Cave Detection. Abstract #2378, LPSC XXXVIII, Houston, TX.

Published abstracts (non-peer-reviewed)

Halliday, W., D. Bunnell, L. Keszthelyi, G. Middleton, C. Okubo, J. Wynne, and G. Favre. 2012. Martian Lava Tube Caves and Mega-Caves Revisited, Abstract #114, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (4-7 November 2012),
Charlotte, North Carolina.

Halliday, W.R., J.J. Wynne, J.J. Pint, and C.H. Okubo. 2010. Linear and Arcuate Cavernous Landforms of Mars and Earth as Habitation Sites and Refugia: Some Opportunities and Constraints:  Abstract 177716, Vol. 42, No. 5, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (31 October – 03 November), Denver Colorado.

Azúa-Bustos, A., C. González-Silva, L. Salas, J.J. Wynne, C.P. McKay, R.E. Palma, and R. Vicuña. 2010. Atacama Desert Caves as Analog Models of Habitability for Microbial Life on the Surface of Mars, Abstract # 5030, Astrobiology Science Conference, Mountain View, CA.

Halliday, W.R., C.H. Okubo, S. Kempe, M. Garman, S. Garman, and J.J. Wynne. 2009. Rheogenic Caves and Cavernous Structures of Kalaupapa Peninsula, Molokai Island, Hawaii, USA:  A Mars Analog Revisited, Abstract #159718, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009),
Portland, Oregon.

Azua-Bustos, A., C. Gonzalez, and J.J. Wynne. 2008. Possible Cave-Limited Cyanobacteria from the Atacama Desert, Chile, 2008 AbSciCon, Session 14. Earth Analog Studies for Astrobiology: ASTEP and Beyond, Astrobiology 8:348.

Halliday, W.R. and J.J. Wynne. 2008. Differentiating Lava Tube Skylights from Pit Craters: A Study of the Cave-Like Structures on Arsia Mons, Mars, Abstract # 133859, In 104th Cordilleran Section and 60th Rocky Mountain Section Joint Meeting, Geological Society of America, Las Vegas, NV, GSA Abstracts Vol. 40 (1).

Voyles, K.D. and J.J. Wynne.2007. Systematic Inventory and Survey of the Caves in Grand Canyon-Parsashant National Monument, 2006 NSS Convention Abstracts, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 68: 167.

Wynne, J.J., M.G. Chapman, C.A. Drost, J.S. Kargel, J. Thompson, T.N. Titus, and R.S. Toomey III. 2007. Cave Detection on Mars, 2006 NSS Convention Abstracts, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 68: 169. 

Technical reports & other published works (non-peer-reviewed)

Wynne, J. J., 2013. Bat Hibernacula and Cricket Roost Census, Site Visit Report, 02 February 2013. Unpublished report on file with Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Saint George, Utah, 2 pps.

Wynne, J. J., L. Pakarati, and C. Tambley, 2012. Artrópodos Carvernícolas en Zonas Profundas en Cavernas en Rapa Nui.  Final Report submitted to CONAF. On file at Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile, 11 pps.

Wynne, J. J., E. McIntyre, Z. Fitznerand W. Mason. 2012. Bat Hibernacula Census and 3D Cave Mapping Data Collection, Northwestern Arizona (Mohave County), Explorers Club Flag Report, Flag #139, Submitted: 01 June 2012, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY, 17 pps.

Co-author with 19 others. 2012.  White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocol (Version 03.15.2012).  National Protocol for White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination, prepared by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wynne, J. J., L. Pakarati, C. Tambley and F. G. Howarth. 2012. Cavernicolous Arthropods of Cave Deep Zones, Rapa Nui. Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 139), Submitted: 10 January 2012, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J., M. Jhabvala, B. Wells, M. Trout, D. Decker, D. Ruby, K. Muhlestein, D. Billings, J. Rice, B. Taylor, D. Loewen, J. Vachon, and N. Cabrol. 2011. Aircraft-borne Thermal and Visible Imagery Acquisition and Ground Data-Instrument Recovery of Caves, Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 139), Submitted: 17 June 2011, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J., G. Chong Diaz, J.L. Jara, and N.A. Cabrol. 2011. 2011 Field Operations in Parque Nacional Valle de la Luna, Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project, Interim Report submitted to CONAF.  On file at CONAF, Región de Antofagasta, Chile.

Wynne, J.J., S. Rapu, A. Azua B. 2011. Artrópodos y Microorganismos de Cavernas de Rapa Nui (Isla de Pascua): Informe Provisional, Originally Submitted in English 03 January 2010.  On file at CONAF-Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile.

Wynne, J.J., G. Chong Diaz, M. Izurieta Grollmus, W.L. Hicks, J.L. Jara, C. Tambleyand N.A. Cabrol. 2011. Data and Instrument Recovery and Close Out Operations, 2011 Atacama Desert Expedition, Chile, Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project, Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 139), Submitted: 18 April 2011, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J. 2011. Ecological Inventory of Lava Tube Caves, El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico (Final Report), Unpublished Report submitted to the National Park Service, El Malpais National Monument, Grants, NM.

Wynne, J.J. and K.D. Voyles. 2011. Bat Hibernacula and Torpor Caves of Parashant National Monument and Adjacent BLM Lands.  Unpublished report submitted to Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, National Park Service.

Wynne, J.J., S. Thomas, A. Tobin, and K.D. Voyles. 2011. Bat Hibernacula and Torpor Caves of Northwestern Arizona (Mojave County), Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 139), Submitted: 25 February 2011, Unpublished report submitted to The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J. and F.G. Howarth. 2010. Rope Access and Cultural and Natural Resource Inventory Recommendations, Umi’s Caverns, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Unpublished Report submitted to Volcanoes National Park, National Park Service.

Wynne, J.J. 2010. Preliminary Results of Arthropod Baiting and Surface Sampling at Grand Wash Cave, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona, unpublished report submitted to the U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center, Flagstaff, pp. 11.

Wynne, J.J., A. Azua-Bustos, C. Colpitts, W.L. Hicks, B. Higgins, V. Pakarati Hotus, T. Konotchick, S. Nicolay, S. Rapu  and E. Ruther. 2010. Preliminary Findings: The Cavernicolous Arthropods and Microbes of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 52), Submitted: 03 January 2010, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J. and G. Chong Diaz. 2009. Recuperación de datos microclimáticas de cuevas y mapeo volumétrico, Proyecto de Detección de Cuevas Tierra Marte, Parque Nacional Valle de la Luna, Informa de Progreso 2009. On file at CONAF, Región de Antofagasta, Chile.

Wynne, J.J., T.N. Titus, G. Chong Diaz, C. Colpitts, W.L. Hicks, D. Hill, D.W. Ruby, and C. Tambley. 2009. Cave Microclimate Data Retrieval and Volumetric Mapping, 2009 Atacama Desert Expedition, Chile, Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project, Explorers Club Flag Report (Flag # 52), Submitted 27 October 2009, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

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, 2 p., URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2009/3024/.

Wynne, J.J., A. Azua-Bustos, P.J. Polsgrove, K. Peterson, and S. Rapu. 2009. Activity Record: Biological Sampling of Rapa Nui Caves, Explorers Club Flag Report, Flag #52, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J., N.A. Cabrol, G. Chong-Diaz, E.A. Grin, M.D. Jhabvala, J.E. Moersch and T.N. Titus. 2008. Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project, Phase 2 – 2008 Atacama Desert Expedition, Explorers Club Flag Report, Flag #52, On file at The Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Wynne, J.J. and K.D. Voyles. 2008. Cave Ecological 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, pp. 4.

Wynne, J.J. and C.A. Drost. 2008. USGS Cave Ecology website, USGS-Southwest Biological Science Center, URL: http://sbsc.wr.usgs.gov/cprs/research/projects/caves/research.asp

Boykin, K. G., B.C. Thompson, R.A. Deitner, D. Schrupp, D. Bradford, L. O’Brien, C. Drost, S. Propeck-Gray, W. Rieth, K. Thomas, W. Kepner, J. Lowry, C. Cross, B. Jones, T. Hamer, C. Mettenbrink, K.J. Oakes, J. Prior-Magee, K. Schulz, J.J. Wynne, C. King, J. Puttere, S. Schrader, and Z. Schwenke. 2007. Predicted Animal Habitat Distributions and Species Richness, Chapter 3, In Ecoregional Gap Analysis of the Southwestern United States (J.S. Prior-Magee et al., eds.), Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Final Report, U.S. Geological Survey, Gap Analysis Program, Moscow, ID, pps. 39-78.