Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies operates the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Santa Catalina Island and supports research and teaching throughout the year. Located on just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, the Wrigley Marine Science Center is an ideal location for marine research, providing convenient access to a variety of near-shore and open water environments as well as state-of-the-art laboratories. Three decades of ecological and oceanographic research in this area provide a rich context for new studies. The WMSC marine life refuge, established in 1988, comprises relatively pristine bedrock and boulder intertidal habitats, soft sediment and kelp forest subtidal habitats, and a broad diversity of algae, invertebrates, fish and plankton. Deep oceanic water for blue-water research is a short distance offshore.

WMSC also offers waterfront facilities to support scientists who need to use scuba or snorkeling for their research. WMSC also runs a scientific diving training summer program and workshops that meet AAUS standards.

Catalina's proximity to an urban center and the island's protected status provide an excellent site for marine and terrestrial investigations. Eight laboratories accommodate up to 24 researchers and groups of up to 60 students. Housing can host 65 overnight guests and provide meals for up to 150 people. The lab is currently used by faculty and students from USC and other regional universities and is available for a broad range of research and educational activities.

For more information, visit the Wrigley Institute web site at http://wrigley.usc.edu.

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371