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Sam Meacham

United States


  • El Centro Investigador del Sistema Acuífero de Quintana Roo (CINDAQ) A.C., 2000-present, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Founder and Director
  • Texas State University, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment 2012- 2016, San Marcos, Texas, Research Scientist and Diving Safety Officer
  • University of New Hampshire 2009-2012, Durham, New Hampshire Teaching Assistant/Lab Instructor, 2010-2012


  • M.S. in Natural Resources with a specialization in geospatial science, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, May 2012 Thesis: “Using Landsat 5 TM Data to Identify and Map Areas of Mangrove in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico”
  • B.A. in International Studies (Minor: History) The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, March 1991

Diving Qualifications

  • GUE Tech 2
  • GUE Cave 2
  • RB-80 Diver
  • CCR Diver
  • GUE Cave Survey
  • PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer
  • PADI EFR Instructor
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Nautical Archeology Society Level One
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Archaeology Field School 2012

Diving Experience

  • Over 3,500 dives (2,000 in the overhead cave environment)
  • I was certified open water in 1985, I became a diving instructor and was certified as a cave diver in 1994. I live full time in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where I teach and dive. I am still active in exploration, conservation and education issues in Mexico.

Community Involvement

  • Founding Member of Grupo de Exploración Ox Bel Ha
  • Mexico Cave Exploration Project Core Member
  • Hoyo Negro Project Team Diver

Special interests

  • Veterans Issues/PTS/Therapeutic Adventure
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Mobile GIS
  • Public Safety Diving
  • Underwater Survey
  • Scientific Diving
  • Underwater Film Projects (BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic Television, PBS/NOVA, CNN International, NHK).
  • Conservation of Mexican Caves
  • Education about Mexican Caves
  • Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York since 2000


  • Collins, S. V., Reinhardt, E. G., Werner, C. L., Le Maillot, C., Devos, F., & Meacham, S. S. (2015). Regional response of the coastal aquifer to Hurricane Ingrid and sedimentation flux in the Yax Chen cave system (Ox Bel Ha) Yucatan, Mexico. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438, 226-238.
  • Rotenberg, J. A., Marlin, J., Meacham, S., & Tolfree, S (2009). An integrated community-based harpy eagle and avian conservation program for the Maya Mountains Massif, Belize. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference (pp. 493-507). Vancouver, BC, USA: Tundra to Tropics.
  • Meacham S., F. Devos, C. Le Maillot, D. Riordan, 2008-2009, Ox Bel Ha Water Protection Project, Sian Ka’an 2008-2009, Final Report presented to The Nature Conservancy, The National Geographic Society and The Waitt Foundation.
  • Meacham, S.. Holliday L., L. Marin, and H. Vaux, Editors, 2007, Sustainable Management of Groundwater in Mexico: Proceedings of a Workshop (Series: Strengthening Science-Based Decision Making in Developing Countries), National Research Council, The National Academies Press: Freshwater Resources in the Yucatan Peninsula pp. 6-12.
  • Meacham S., F. Devos, C. Le Maillot, D. Riordan, 2006-2007, Ox Bel Ha Water Protection Project, Sian Ka’an 2005-2006, Final Report presented to The Nature Conservancy
  • Meacham, S., Jade Pearl Exploration Project, Ox Bel Ha, 2005, Association for Mexican Cave Studies Activities Newsletter, Number 28


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