Keynote Speaker, World Explorers Bureau (2013); Member, Sigma Xi (2012); New cave-dwelling beetle named after Jut, Eleodes (Caverneleodes) wynnei (2012); Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher, Northern Arizona University (2011); Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (2009); Fellow, The Explorers Club (2006).
Jut Wynne has bush-wacked through the jungles of Belize, rappelled into the deepest volcanic pit on the Big Island of Hawai’i, endured the world’s driest desert in northern Chile, and traveled to the most remote inhabited place on earth, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) - to learn more about the secrets caves contain both on Earth and beyond. Concerning the interplanetary exploration of caves, he is interested in furthering remote sensing detection capabilities of caves in the thermal infrared and visible spectrum, and bolstering technologies of both robotic and human exploration of extraterrestrial caves. Research highlights to date by he and his colleagues include the identification of three new genera and nearly 50 new species of cave-dwelling arthropods from the American Southwest and Rapa Nui, a new species of Eukaryotic algae from an Atacama Desert (Chile) cave, some of the earliest evidence for cave-like features on Mars, and field testing the world’s first rock-climbing robot in a Mojave Desert cave.
Jut has produced numerous publications and professional communications and lectured broadly on a range of topics including cave detection techniques for Earth, the Moon, and Mars, NASA education programs and cave biology. He has authored or co-authored 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, 17 white papers and published abstracts as well as many technical reports and other papers. Jut routinely lectures to both the general public (including K-12 schools) and at scientific symposia throughout the U.S., Chile and Polynesia. He was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards in Hollywood, CA and was selected for the Explorers Club flag return (a coveted honor among Explorers Club members) as part of the 2009 Explorers Club Annual Dinner, New York, NY.
His research has been featured on NASA‐TV, Noticias Chanel 5 in Madrid, Spain, four national magazines in the U.S., France and Finland, elementary school science books in Spain and Canada, the Washington Post, USA Today, El Mercurio de Santiago, and numerous radio, web and print media around the world.