This series of Multidisciplinary Conferences on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst™ was founded in 1984 by Dr. Barry F. Beck, who was then Director of the Florida Sinkhole Research Institute at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Barry continued to organize and lead this conference series while serving as Vice-President for Karst and Chief of Operations for the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, office of P.E. LaMoreaux & Associates, Inc. (PELA). Barry was the primary force behind the first 11 “sinkhole conferences”. In 2009, a stroke interrupted his planning for the 12th conference in January 2011, and medical complications from that stroke ultimately claimed his life in November 2011. This memorial page celebrates Barry’s life and the legacy he left for those who live and work in karst. It also introduces him to those who never had the pleasure to know him. The Barry F. Beck Sinkhole Conference Student Scholarship has been established in his memory. Click here to apply for the scholarship.
2018 Beck Student Scholars
2015 Beck Student Scholars
2013 Beck Student Scholars
Dr. Marco Vattano, PhD (MSc Student), Department of Earth and Sea Sciences, University of Palermo