Dr. Holsinger was the thesis advisor for our second award honoree Dr. Jill Yager.
Dr. Jill Yager: Winner for 2000
The annual Karst Waters Institute Award Dinner was held in Charles Town, West Virginia, to honor Dr. Jill Yager
has been exploring and studying submerged caves for over 20 years.
began cave diving in the Bahamas where she
discovered a new class of crustacean which she
named the Remipedia.
studied remipedes for her
doctoral dissertation under Professor John Holsinger at Old Dominion University
research deals with the ecology of submerged caves, studying the physical environment and community of animals that live there.
research has taken her
to the beautiful and highly endangered caves in Quintana Roo, Mexico, and sites throughout the Carribean.
has appeared in several educational television programs.
In August she
and cave biologist Abel Perez were filmed in Cuba for a new National Geographic
television program called "Sea Secrets.
At the time of the award, Dr. Yager was an associate professor in the Environmental and Biological Sciences Department of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.