Underwater Science Faculty and Staff
Director: Charles D. Beeker PhD, RPA has been directing the Academic Diving Program since 1984 and the Underwater Science Program since 1991. Mr. Beeker, Registered Professional Archaeologist and PADI Master Instructor, has been a faculty member with the School of Public Health since 1980. He was appointed to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee in 2005 and is responsible for the creation and implementation for numerous shipwreck parks as Living Museums in the Sea. Mr. Beeker currently leads underwater research projects throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Diving Safety Officer: Mylana Haydu is full time faculty in the School of Public Health (SPH). As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Mylana teaches scuba related courses and is responsible for the administration of the Academic Diving Program. She also assists in the design and implementation of underwater field projects, and administers the operations of the Office of Underwater Science. Mylana is currently working to complete a Master of Public Affairs through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Lecturer: Matt Maus is full-time faculty in the School of Public Health (SPH). He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition to previous experience in archaeology and wildlife conservation, he was the US Peace Corps Living Museums of the Sea National Coordinator in the Dominican Republic. His interests include the underwater archaeology of Columbian-contact and establishing Marine Protected Areas as Living Museums in the Sea: a unique strategy for protection of submerged cultural and associated biological resources through sustainable tourism. Matthew is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and is the Director of Field Operations and Research Development for the Office of Underwater Science.
Adjunct Lecturer: Lester Wadzinski teaches scuba for the School of Public Health (SPH) and environmental classes for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). He received his BS from Indiana University in 1973 and a MS from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania in 1983. He is retired from the US Forest Service after a 36 year career in natural resource management. Lester is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and has been involved with the IU diving program since being first certified in 1976.
Jessica Keller Jessica Keller received her Master’s Degree from Indiana University’s School of
Public Health’s Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies Department in May 2013.
Her degree focused on the development, interpretation, management, and public
outreach of Marine Protected Areas. Jessica also attended Indiana University as
an undergraduate, double majoring in Anthropology and the Individualized Major
Program’s Underwater Archaeology with a certificate in Underwater Resource
Management. She is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and technical diver. She is
currently employed as an archaeologist by the National Park Service’s Submerged
Resources Center based in Lakewood, CO.
Research Assistants/Individualized Major Program Underwater Archaeology Degree Seeking Students:
Sam Haskell is a junior serving the Office as a Research Assistant. He is pursuing a degree in Underwater Archaeology through the Individualized Majors Program along with a degree in Anthropology and the Underwater Research Management Certificate. He is the vice president of the Undergraduate Anthropological Association and has participated in archaeological field schools in the Dominican Republic 2013 and Wyoming's Bighorn Basin 2013. He is a certified PADI Divemaster and currently working toward his EMT certification.
David Sellers is a junior working toward a degree in Anthropology, as well as a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. He also hopes to pursue a degree in Underwater Archaeology through the Individualized Major Program. Projects in which he has participated include the Dominican Republic 2012 and Key Largo 2013 field schools as well as a museum practicum at the Indianapolis Children's Museum learning to restore and conserve artifacts for research and exhibit purposes. Dave is working to complete his PADI Divemaster certificated.
Abby Yates is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in Spanish Linguistics with honors. She has a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Abby has participated in the Dominican Republic field school and currently works in the Underwater Science Laboratory with 16th and 17th Century document transcription and translation. Her interests include Latin American history and culture. Abby is currently pursuing her PADI Divemaster certification.
Chrissy Day is a Research Assistant completing her degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health. Additionally, she will complete her certificate in Underwater Resource Management in December 2013. Chrissy completed the Living Museums of the Sea Dominican Republic field research project summer 2013. She is interested in sustainable tourism, public outreach, and interpretation of significant underwater cultural and associated biological resources. Chrissy is assisting with interpretation for the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. She is also completing her Professional Diver Development within the Acedemic Diving Program at Indiana University Bloomington.
Olivia Thomas graduated with honors in December 2013 with a degree from the Individualized Major Program (IMP) in Underwater Archaeology, Anthropology, and Classical Civilizations along with an Underwater Resource Management certificate. Her research focus is on early 18th Century Spanish maritime trade and daily life on board ships. She has participated in underwater field research in the Dominican Republic in addition to laboratory work on artifact conservation and documentation. Olivia is also a certified PADI Open Water Dive Instructor.
Vickery Lauro is a Research Assistant in the Office of Underwater Science pursuing an Individualized Major Program (IMP) degree in Underwater Archeology while working towards an Underwater Resource Management certificate and Anthropology minor. Her interests include prehistoric sites and civilizations. She has participated in field schools in the Dominican Republic and works in the Underwater Science laboratory and at the Indianapolis Children's Museum with artifact conservation and replication.
Sam Erotas is a Research Assistant in the Office of Underwater Science pursuing an Individualized Major Program (IMP) in Underwater Archaeology, as well as a major in Anthropology with an additional Underwater Resource Management certificate. His research focus is on colonial era Spanish maritime armaments. He has participated in underwater field research in the Dominican Republic in addition to laboratory work on artifact conservation and documentation. Sam is also working towards his PADI Divemaster certification.
Morgan Wooderson is a senior pursuing a degree in Underwater Archaeology through the Individualized Major Program (IMP) as well as Anthropology and a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. Her main research interest is cultural exchange. She participates in laboratory research and artifact conservation with the Office of Underwater Science as well as at The Indianapolis Children's Museum. She will be participating in field research in the Dominican Republic this May.