TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 4, 2013) – The University of South Florida and one of its leaders in environmental sciences are ensured to have a voice internationally in shaping the future of ocean research, technology, and educational programs for years to come.
USF’s dean of the College of Marine Science, Jacqueline Dixon, has been elected as a voting member of The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Board of Trustees. Dixon will officially begin her three-year term at the group’s annual meeting on Mar. 7.
Dixon’s addition to the board will bring a strong representation and expertise on Gulf of Mexico issues. Led by Dixon, USF’s College of Marine Science continues to assess the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as how to build better ways to predict damage from future spills, through $11 million awarded by BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents more than 100 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the goal of effectively articulating ocean science in advising policymakers and funding agencies in our nation’s capital and around the world.
The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.
“This is precisely the type of activity that our academic leadership and faculty should be engaged in as USF strengthens its position as a global research university,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “Accomplishments such as Dean Dixon’s represent the greatest traditions of higher education and the incalculable contributions of universities to our society and to our future.”
The Ocean Leadership Board of Trustees consists of 17 members. USF’s involvement with the organization began in 2002.
In 2010, USF hosted the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a high school academic competition sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.