Underwater Science Faculty and Staff
Director: Charles D. Beeker 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 Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) 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 underwater parks. 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.
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.
Anna Rogers is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Underwater Archaeology through the Individualized Major Program, her focus is in Spanish colonial coins found in the Dominican Republic. She is also working toward the Underwater Resource Management Certificate and her PADI Divemaster certification.
Loren Clark is a senior majoring in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations while working on an Underwater Resource Management certificate. Her interests include Classical Archaeology as well as Marine Archaeology. She has participated in field schools in the Dominican Republic as well as working in the Underwater Science laboratory working with artifact conservation and illustration.
Abby Yates is a senior majoring in Spanish Linguistics with a Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate. She will be participating 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.
Individualized Major Program Degree Seeking Students:
Olivia Thomas is a senior research assistant in the Office of Underwater Science pursuing an Individualized Major Program (IMP) in Underwater Archaeology, as well as majors in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations with an additional 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 Divemaster.
Vickery Lauro is a senior in the Individualized Major Program (IMP)pursuing a 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.
Morgan Wooderson is a junior 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.
Sam Erotas is a Junior 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.