University of South Florida

USF College of Marine Science


A Brief from Dean Dixon

Jacqueline Dixon, Dean, USF College of Marine Science

Jacqueline Dixon, Dean, USF College of Marine Science

Dear CMS Alumni and Friends,

We’ve also experienced tremendous heartache. We lost two of our CMS family members this past summer. Chris Schwint, our Budget Director, passed away July 21st, having suffered a heart attack. Anita Thompson, our Unit Research Administrator, passed away July 27th after her courageous, 11-year fight against cancer. We commit to ensuring their spirits remain alive within the CMS and miss each Anita and Chris dearly. If you’d like to add to donations we’ve made in their honor, please visit these links.

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Mission Statement

Our blue planet faces a suite of challenges and opportunities for understanding and innovation. Our mission is to advance understanding of the interconnectivity of ocean systems and human-ocean interactions using a cross-disciplinary approach, to empower the next workforce of the blue economy with a world-class education experience, and to share our passion for a healthy environment and science-informed decision-making with community audiences near and far.