Message from the Dean

Dean Jackie Dixon

Welcome to the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science (CMS), a leader in ocean education and research. Our interests span the core disciplines of biology, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography focused on interdisciplinary research and education at the graduate level.

In the last year, faculty and researchers at the college brought in more than $15 million in research funding and published nearly 100 scientific articles. A full listing of the research highlights is available in the Dean's Annual Report 2014.

Our faculty and friends have been active in book writing, too. Al Hine has published his book on the Geologic History of Florida. Gene Shin has published his memoirs in his book Bootstrap Geologist. We maintain a steady enrollment of about 100 graduate students. We have an outstanding record of student success and our students win numerous awards through local, state, and federal funding agencies and professional societies.

Twenty-one students graduated in 2012. Our ten Ph.D.'s, all found work within their field of study. Out of eleven M.S. graduates, all but two found work in their field of study or continued for a Ph.D. Our endowment of $16 million funds 22 fellowships averaging from $9,000 to $22,000. We have been successful in recruiting and mentoring under-represented minority students. We have increased the proportion of minority students from 14% to 19% over the last five years, significantly higher than the national range of 4% to 14%.

With the vision of a unified global, natural system in mind, the College seeks to build new interdisciplinary research teams in collaboration with our local partners. CMS scientists work in every ocean on issues of global and regional relevance, with research strengths including sustainable fisheries, red tides, coral reef health, sea level rise, floods, ocean acidification, paleoclimate, and sensor development. USF/CMS recently received $11M from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative for the C-IMAGE international consortium to better understand the dynamics of deep-sea petroleum blow-outs and the long-term ecosystem impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

At the College of Marine Science, we are enthusiastic about research and education opportunities we offer our students and welcome you to become a part of the team.


Dean Dixon

Jacqueline Dixon
Dean, College of Marine Science