Staff And Contractor Biographies

Tracy Jackson is a bright and enthusiastic scientist, science teacher, and caver. In addition to helping to create CaveSim using her geology degree and artistic skill, Tracy has developed extensive educational programs for CaveSim. Tracy also plays a key role in creating our interactive electronically-sensed cave formations, artifacts, and cave fauna. By day, Tracy is the Education Director at Catamount Institute, a local non-profit with a mission to "inspire ecological stewardship." At Catamount, Tracy leads outdoor and environmental education programs for youth and adults, including field trips, after school clubs and camps. Tracy has always had a deep love for environmental science and has been exploring cave ecosystems since she was twelve years old. She pursued her love of the underground and environmental science, earning her undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Georgia. After putting her geology degree to work teaching in the field at education centers like Nature's Classroom, the Audubon Center of the North woods, and the Boy Scouts's of America's Philmont Scout Ranch, Tracy earned her Masters of Art in Teaching at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Tracy is a certified Project Underground Trainer, and she has designed lesson plans for CaveSim that are aligned with Colorado Department of Education standards.
DaveDave Jackson is a caver and electrical engineer. He is a life member of the National Speleological Society and has been digging holes and wiring projects since his childhood in New York state. Dave has Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has four years of experience teaching youth as a backpacking guide for the Boy Scouts at Philmont, where he met his wife Tracy. Dave continues to hone his teaching skills by doing nearly 2 dozen cave conservation programs each year for the general public using the mobile version of CaveSim. CaveSim was invented and created by Dave in 2008 after he experienced a cave rescue training in which a real cave was damaged (see our story). Since then, over 5000 people have learned about cave conservation by crawling through the mobile version of CaveSim at events in nine states and as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dave has also created the world's first permanent installation of an  artificial cave with electronic sensing in CityROCK climbing gym in Colorado Springs. Dave has a passion for both engineering and cave conservation, and he believes strongly in passing his enthusiasm on to young people. Dave hopes to have the opportunity to share CaveSim and the message of cave conservation with youth and adults all over the US, increasing interest in caving and cave conservation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Chad and Bekah Sherwood
 have worked on every aspect of cave passage construction for CaveSim. They use their artistic and construction skills, honed over more than 20 years, to help create our rugged, highly-realistic cave passage. This hardworking husband and wife team are also cavers, and their professionalism makes them a perfect fit for CaveSim. We are proud to have them contracting with our team.