Thomas Frazer (professor)

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  • B.S. in Marine Fisheries
  • M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • PhD. In Biological Sciences
Alma mater
  • Humboldt State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of California Santa Barbara
OccupationDean of marine science

Thomas Frazer is the dean of marine science at the University of South Florida (USF). He served as Florida's first chief science officer, a position created by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who appointed Frazer. Frazer was succeeded in the office by Mark Rains.[1]

His time as Florida's first Chief Science Officer was short. He was involved in task force and legislative discussions about water pollution issues during his tenure.[2]

Frazer previously at the University of Florida directing its School of Natural Resources and Environment. The creation of his state position and of a chief resilience officer was championed by environmentalists. [3] Julia Nesheiwat, who served as Florida's chief resiliency officer, also left her position after a short time. A report she helped develop was delayed in being publicly released and was critical of the state's preparedness and collaboration with its cities.[4]

He received his B.S. in Marine Fisheries from Humboldt State University, an M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from University of Florida, and his PhD. In Biological Sciences from University of California Santa Barbara.[5]

Jourbalist and author Craig Pittman wrote a column about Frazer's tenure as Florida's first Chief Science Officer and his departure from that role after meeting with him.[4]

Frazer commented on the Piney Point discharges into Tampa Bay and red tide.[6]


  1. Fleshler, David. "DeSantis names Florida's new chief science officer".
  2. "Florida's first-ever chief science officer left, but when, and what did he do?". 30 March 2021.
  3. "USF taps Florida's first chief science officer to lead marine science college". Tampa Bay Times.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "FL's first chief science officer talks about the job — and the controversy". May 13, 2021.
  5. "Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as Chief Science Officer".
  6. Florida, News Service of (June 17, 2021). "Piney Point not believed to cause red tide outbreak". WPEC.

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