Marine Biology Discussion and Big Blue Live Screening Event

WEDU PBS and community partners held a free interactive and educational evening in celebration of the final episode of BIG BLUE LIVE at the Tampa Theatre on September 2, 2015.

A panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Shannon McQuaig, host of WEDU Quest. Panelists will include local experts on Tampa Bay’s ecosystem:

Dr. Jacqueline Dixon

Dr. Jacqueline Dixon is Dean of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from Stanford University in 1981 and 1983, respectively, and her Ph.D. in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1992.  From 1992 through 2010, Dr. Dixon was at the University of Miami, where she served as Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy’s Undergraduate Program, Senior Associate Dean for the Life and Physical Sciences, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  She received an Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation for excellence in research and education, and is internationally recognized for her research on submarine volcanoes and the role of volatiles in magmatic processes.  Nationally, she serves on the Executive Board of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and is a member of the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.  Within the community, she serves on the board of the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, and as a member on the St. Petersburg Ocean Team, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Grow Smarter Initiative Committee.  She has recently been appointed to the Board of Governor’s for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Margo McKnight Margo McKnight has been the Vice President of Biological Operations at The Florida Aquarium since 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of the Wildlands Network and the Brevard Zoo. Her professional experience has often combined science, conservation, visitor experiences, art and marketing. Her primary goal in life is to work towards bridging the gap from knowledge to understanding to change and enjoying every minute of it.  
Peter A. Clark Peter A. Clark is the founder and President of Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit environmental stewardship program established to restore and protect the Tampa Bay estuary with the aid of community volunteers. Clark was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He earned a degree in marine biology and relocated to Florida. After working as an environmental chemist, Peter became an environmental planner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), and eventually took over as their Director of Bay Management. During this time, he helped initiate the process that led to the inclusion of Tampa Bay in the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program. In 1986, he spent two days working with community volunteers transplanting seagrass beds. “It really opened my eyes to how much the community wanted to get involved with actual projects,” he said.  He began to get more involved with volunteer groups. “Since my job at the TBRPC was a briefcase and tie affair, my after work and weekend restoration projects were a way to satisfy my desire to do more hands-on projects.” This was the genesis of Tampa Bay Watch.  Clark is the 1994 recipient of the Outstanding Environmentalist of the Year award from the Florida Marine Research Institute. Additionally, Mr. Clark received the 2005 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award for initiating innovative, sustained conservation projects and programs and encouraging the Tampa Bay community to become stewards of the bay’s wetland habitat.
Sponsored by:
Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit The Florida Aquarium St. Petersburg Clearwater Tampa Theatre


BIG BLUE LIVE is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Set in Monterey Bay, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

BIG BLUE LIVE aired live on television and online over three nights, August 31-September 2, 2015.

Learn more on the Big Blue Live website.