The Kartchner Caverns Macro-invertebrate Project is a collaborative research venture among Arizona State Parks, the University of Arizona Insect Collection, and scientists and educators at a number of other institutions. Project research includes study and documentation of the biology and ecology of macro-invertebrates occurring within Kartchner Caverns State Park. The project provides information to Arizona State Parks, and supports a science-based approach to management and preservation of this remarkable and irreplaceable publicly-owned resource. We also support public outreach to further understanding and appreciation of the fascinating and often unique, endemic arthropods occurring within the park. The initial focus of our studies is on macro-invertebrates living in the cave, but studies involving surface invertebrates will eventually be integrated into project efforts.
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