Meakes is currently employed by the Space Telescope Science Institute. For the first five and one half years he worked as a Science Data Analyst for the Guest Observer Support program as well as for a number of the staff members. In this position he learned a wide variety of data reduction techniques. He was also co-author of several papers relating to a search for binary central stars of planetary nebula using a number of ground based and space borne observatories which included the Hubble Space Telescope. Meakes currently works in the Catalogs and Survey Branch of the Space Telescope Science Institute. He was responsible for the week to week planning and operations leading to the compression of the digitized image archive of the Palomar Poss-I and Southern Serc-J photo surveys resulting in the production and release of the 102 CDROM compressed digitized image archive.
Also during the last two and one half years Meakes has worked with Howard Lanning in the search for faint UV-Bright stars in the Galactic Plane.