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.
Recognizing his international preservation efforts, Beeker is the August 2016 Sea Hero.
Diving Safety Officer: Mylana Haydu; MPA, is full time faculty in the School of Public Health (SPH) and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). As a PADI IDC Staff instructor, Mylana teaches scuba related courses and is responsible for the administration of the Academic Diving Program and the Diving Safety Program. She also assists in the design and implementation of underwater field projects, and administers the operations of the Office of Underwater Science. Mylana has a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Research Coordinator: Matt Maus; MA, RPA, is adjunct faculty in the Academic Diving Program. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Master of Arts in Archaeology from Indiana University. 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 research fields are underwater archaeology, photogrammetry, and the protection of submerged cultural resources and associated ecosystems through the establishment of MPAs. Matthew is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is the Director of Field Operations for the Center for Underwater Science.
Lecturer: Samuel I Haskell is full time faculty in the School of Public Health (SPH). As a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Sam teaches scuba related courses for the Academic Diving Program. His primary research interests are the establishment and management of submerged cultural resources as Marine Protected Areas and underwater parks. Sam is currently working to complete a Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a focus on the sustainable development and management of underwater parks.
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.
Claudia Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at IUB. She investigates the evolutionary history of the reef ecosystem, from ancient to modern, to evaluate tropical biodiversity fluctuations under Earth’s changing climate regimes. Her research examines ancient greenhouse world reefs to evaluate what was, explores today’s reefs to monitor their health, and connects the two to provide a perspective of the future health of the reef ecosystem from records of deep geological time. Claudia’s research and teaching are integrated thematically through her G341 Natural History of Coral Reefs and G411 Invertebrate Paleontology courses for upperdivision undergraduates. Claudia holds open water and scientific diving certifications, and is a member of the Diving Control Board and the Scientific Diving Subcommittee.
Bill Ruf has received a PhD in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in the Biology Department at IUB for over forty years. For the past twenty-five years he has been the director of the Tropical Biology Program in Overseas Study. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biology and through Overseas Study offers biology undergraduates the opportunity to dive and study the coral reefs of Grand Cayman and South Africa.
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.
Kirsten Hawley is a Research Assistant and PADI Assistant Instructor working towards degrees in Underwater Archaeology and Anthropology, along with a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. She has attended the Living Museums in the Sea field school in the Dominican Republic four times, and works with artifacts from the Dominican Republic on campus and at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Her interests include sixteenth century ships and shipwrecks, photogrammetry, and the preservation of submerged cultural and biological resources. She is currently appointed as an adjunct lecturer teaching with the Academic Diving Program.
Chloe Strauss is an IU student pursuing degrees in Biology and Anthropology with a Certificate in Underwater Resource Management, graduating December 2016. She is also a research assistant in Lynch lab currently working on her own project focusing on the mutation rate response to decreasing pH of the coral reef pathogen Vibrio Shiloi. She completed the Living Museums of the Sea field research project in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2015, and is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. She is currently appointed as an adjunct lecturer teaching with the Academic Diving Program.
Casey Vallee is an undergraduate student at Indiana University currently pursuing majors in Anthropology and Underwater Archaeology, and a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. She attended the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary field school in summer 2016, and aims to continue to assist IU's research, as well as participate in the efforts of the Living Museums in the Sea Foundation. Using various technology such as the Internet, photogrammetry, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), she wishes to increase public outreach efforts surrounding archaeology, and boost awareness of the causes and effects of the Anthropocene.
Rachel Wilson is an undergraduate student at Indiana University currently pursuing a major in Recreational Therapy in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Studies and a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. She has participated in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary research project during the summer of 2016. She is interested in Adaptive Scuba Diving to provide both physical and psychological therapy as one explores the underwater world.
Patrick Ransbottom is an undergraduate student at IU pursuing a bachelor of science in biology, alongside a minor in French, scientific diving certification, and a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. Patrick's primary research interests concern the ways in which aquatic ecosystems change in response to disruptions, and the ways by which these mechanisms evolved. He attended the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary research project in June 2016.
Klayton Harmon is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Animal Behavior through the Biology Department, with minors in Biology and Anthropology and a Certificate in Underwater Resource Management.Klayton completed the Tropical Biology Intensive Study course to Grand Cayman in summer of 2014, and the Living Museums in the Sea field research project in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2015. Klayton plans on pursuing a career studying marine animal ecology and the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Currently, he is a PADI Divemaster with the Academic Diving Program.