Dixon Selected to Lead College of Marine Science

Univ. of Miami geochemist Jacqueline Dixon will replace interim dean William Hogarth.


By Vickie Chachere

USF.edu News Manager


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2010) - Jacqueline Eaby Dixon, a University of Miami geochemist whose internationally-recognized research has focused on underwater volcanoes and the Earth’s deep water and carbon dioxide systems, has been selected as the new dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, USF Provost Ralph Wilcox announced Tuesday.


Dixon will take office on Jan. 3. William Hogarth, who has served as interim dean since 2008, will continue to serve as interim director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the consortium of 20 marine science colleges and institutes which coordinates Florida’s marine research infrastructure and on-going research in to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


“Her acceptance of this high priority leadership position promises a very bright future for both the College of Marine Science and the University of South Florida,” Wilcox said. “She brings to USF an impressive slate of scholarly credentials; experience in higher education leadership and a commitment to student success, interdisciplinary collaboration, and global engagement.”


Dixon is the acting dean of the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she also served for three years as Senior Associate Dean of Life and Physical Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s and Master's degree from Stanford University in 1983, and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1992.  Dixon also was the recipient of a prestigious Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation for excellence in research and education.


“I am thrilled to be joining the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science as its new dean,” Dixon said. “It is a tremendous opportunity to continue building an environment of research excellence within a uniquely supportive community.


“After meeting with community leaders such as Sid Morgan, chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rick Baker, former mayor of St. Petersburg, the importance of CMS to the larger community was evident. The University of South Florida is on a steep upward trajectory and I'm excited about being a part of it."


Dixon’s research has focused on the role of water and carbon dioxide in magmatic processes as they affect generation and physical properties of magmas, deep earth cycling of volatiles and volcanic eruptions.  Her research has taken her and her students to Hawaii, Iceland, the Galapagos, and underwater volcano ridges around the world.


At the University of Miami, Dixon initiated two new undergraduate programs: Ecosystem Science and Policy for environmental education, and PRISM (Advanced Program for Integration of Science and Mathematics) to recruit top science students and create a community of scholars focused on enriched science education.  She is also on the steering committee for SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success), an NSF and university-funded program to promote women and diversity in science.

Vickie Chachere can be reached at 813-974-6251.