Academic Diving Program

Department of Kinesiology



Charles Beeker, Director





Director: Charles 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.





Mylana Haydu, Diving Safety Officer





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.








Bob Kessler, Academic Specialist



Academic Specialist: Bob Kessler has received a Master Degree in Recreation and Park Administration from the Indiana University School of Health Physical Education and Recreation. Bob served as Indiana University’s first Diving Safety Officer in the 1990’s and has been a PADI Instructor since 1989. Scientific project involvements include Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Lake Tahoe and Truk Lagoon. Primary interest areas include scientific dive operations and photo/video documentation.






Samuel I. Haskell, Lecturer




Lecturer: Samuel 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








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.









Research Coordinator, Matt Maus





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.








Adjunct Lecturers:

Kristen Hawley, Research Assistant

















Chloe Strauss, IU Student




Chloe Strauss is an IU graduate with degrees in Biology and Anthropology, and a Certificate in Underwater Resource Management. 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.