Cave and Karst Program Manager
Areas of Expertise
Wildlife surveying, modeling, cave and karst conservation, research
Media ContactJessica Underwood
Cory Holliday began his career with The Nature Conservancy, conducting biological inventories in Tennessee caves. That was in 2004. Working underground became a passion as he helped to discover dozens of new species and better understand the state's subterranean ecosystems.
By 2008, Cory was leading a team charged with developing a statewide tool that identified key ecological factors for every known subterranean species in the state. From there, his focus turned to a specific species, bats and the effects of white-nose syndrome.
Working for an international organization, Cory has had opportunities to pursue cave and karst work abroad including developing a management plan for Chiquibul Cave, which has been adopted by the government of Belize. Cory has also chaired organizations such as the Tennessee Cave and Karst Working Group and the Tennessee Bat Working Group. He currently holds a position with the conservation cabinet of the National Speleological Society and has won numerous awards for his work.