The first in a quarterly series on the science behind the Aquarium’s Caribbean Journey
Join us for an evening of adventure with noted Caribbean cave diver Sam Meacham. Sam will provide an update on cave explorations and science in the state of Quintana Roo using clips from BBC’s Forests of the Maya. This program will be especially helpful for teachers planning field trips in Caribbean Journey, as well as Aquarium staff and volunteers. The first 24 to register will receive copies of the gorgeous, hour-long Forests of the Maya DVD. Teachers will receive two hours of continuing professional development credit and supporting classroom materials. A light supper will be served.
Texas State Aquarium Flint Hills Resources STEM Learning Center
Sam Meacham is the Director of El Centro Investigador del Sistema Acuifero in Quintana Roo, Mexico. An experienced cave diver, he remains committed to understanding the complex dynamics of the Yucatán Peninsula’s karst aquifer, as well as the people affected by it. He has extensive experience leading cave diving expeditions in the region, the most significant of which is the ongoing exploration of Sistema Ox Bel Ha and the adjacent Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Sam earned a Master’s Degree in Science in Natural Resources in 2012 from the University of New Hampshire, and he has been a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York since 2000, a NASA Space Grant Fellow, and a Best of Adventure Honoree in 2008’s National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Sam has appeared in documentary films for CNN International, The Discovery Channel, PBS, NHK, National Geographic, BBC and BBC’s Natural History Unit, including the critically acclaimed “Planet Earth” series.