Category Archives: Biology

Biology trip reports and stats

Feb 21, 2009- Biology Project Trip Report

The first several hundred feet of stream is fairly accessible to humans. Some of the fattest fish I have ever seen were here. Once we hit the Broken Sidewalk, there is no more stream accessible until the waterfall itself. The trail is not marked at all, and we spent some time figuring out that the cave goes left after the Broken Sidewalk. There is a side passage that goes right which looked like it might be the way on.

Biology: 2007 bat census

Trip Report – Carroll Cave Biology Project

Trip date: 13 October 2007

Participants: Bill Gee (trip leader)
Andy Isbell
Jim Cooley
Craig Hines

Time in cave: 10:00am
Time out: 9:30pm

Area visited: Carroll passage to the Mountain Room
Purpose: Annual bat census


Craig Hines rode with me to the schoolhouse where we met Jim Cooley. Andy Isbell came down Saturday morning. We were all up at the silo by shortly after nine getting dressed and rigging the drop. read more

Biology: 2008 bat census

Biology: Annual bat census
Jeff Grigg         Jeff Page         Max White
Biology Project Trip Report


Jeff Page and I arrived at the schoolhouse Friday evening to camp.  Jeff Grigg and Max White drove in early Saturday morning.  We all collected at the silo around 9:45 and were going down the shaft by 10:15. read more

Biology trip report 24 May 2008

Carroll Cave Trip Report – 24 May 2008

Project – Biology
Time in: 10:30am
Time out: 4:00pm
Bill Gee – Leader
Jeff Page
Matt Niemiller
Andy Isbell
Shawn Williams
Jim Cooley
Pic Walenta

In late summer 2007 Matt Niemiller contacted the Carroll Cave Conservancy asking for permission to enter the cave. Matt is a PhD student in biology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville currently working on a project to measure the genetic diversity of various populations of the Southern Cave Fish. His method is to take a small snip of fin from several individuals, then run a DNA analysis on it to compare with the other samples. read more