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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
J.J. 2013. Inventory, Conservation and Management of Lava Tube Caves at El
Malpais National Monument, New Mexico. Park
Science 30: 45-55, +appendix.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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).
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.
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:
& 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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
J.J. and C.A. Drost. 2008. USGS Cave Ecology website, USGS-Southwest Biological
Science Center, URL:
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
Prior-Magee et al., eds.), Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Final Report, U.S. Geological Survey, Gap Analysis
Program, Moscow, ID,