Catacombs (left) and
Dive Rite Optima rebreather.
of steel. Cave diving is Michael's passion. Exploring and mapping dry and
submerged caves for more than 15 years, Mike has led or participated in
the mapping of Peacock Springs, Manatee Springs, Convict
Springs, Indian Spring, O'Leno State Park, Buford Sink, Telford, Bathtub
Spring, Weeki Wachee and expeditions to Briland's Blue Hole
and White Ring in the Bahamas, Sistema Camilo on the Yucatan peninsula,
Phantom Cave in Texas and Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
He has contributed articles to numerous publications and consulted on a
number of documentary projects. Mike also participates extensively in surveying
and scientific diving. His maps are highly esteemed. Michael's diplomacy
has led cave diving to a new level of professional recognition among
community and scientific leaders.
enters a central Florida spring.
Cambrian Foundation/Karl Shreeves.
Muyil, caving in a dress 2008. Photo by Michael Poucher.
has explored and collected survey data at Indian Spring, O'Leno State
Park, Harvey's Cave, Manatee Springs State Park, and Sistema Camilo near
Akumal. She was the first woman to enter and survey in Weeki Wachee. Her
interests include underwater cave exploration, survey, scientific diving, videography,
writing and photography . Her articles
and photographs have been published in magazines such as Underwater
Speleology, NSS News, and the NACD Journal. She is editor of Sheck Exley's
The Taming of the Slough: a comprehensive history of Peacock Springs,
co-compiler with Dr. Rick Copeland of the Florida Geological Survey on the
Speleological and Karst Glossary of Florida and the Caribbean, the
first glossary published by the University
Press of Florida and most recently, A Field Guide to the Critters
of Florida's Springs, a comprehensive illustrated guide to the fauna
of Florida's springs and spring runs published by the National
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Updated August 2011