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Students in the International Geobiology Course enjoy an afternoon of field study as a break from intense analytical work at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photos by Letty Avila.

Where Earth and Life Sciences Merge

July 24, 2014

Ooids are sediment grains generally composed of calcium carbonate formed on the sea floor. They fascinate geologists because they have appeared throughout the planet’s evolutionary history. Traditionally, earth…

Students who participated in the Science of Sustainable Food Spring Break Program learned how to make compost out of food waste. In six to eight weeks the melon rinds, egg shells and paper napkins they combined will create a nutrient-rich soil for growing vegetables. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Food Revolution

April 7, 2014

As the sun shone against a clear blue sky on Catalina Island, 17  students gathered around a long, rectangular pit filled with dirt, garden clippings and bits of food — banana peels, lettuce leaves, waffles. Eleven…

A USC Dornsife student on a scientific dive in Guam with a Hawksbill sea turtle in the foreground during a past Maymester trip. Photo by Gerry Smith.

Taking the Plunge

May 23, 2012

USC Dornsife students are diving into this year’s Maymester courses. After taking a Spring semester course on the physics, physiology, safety and methodology of scientific diving, 26 undergraduates will dive in the…

Benjamin Kay, science teacher at Santa Monica High School (center), is surrounded by members of two teams from his school that participated in the 2012 QuikSCience Challenge. Some are members of the team that placed first in the competition this year for their project, "Reducing Carbon Emissions." Photo by DJ Kast.

Students Take on the QuikSCience Challenge

April 17, 2012

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies staff members are busy escorting several hundred students from middle and high schools to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of their reward for…

Isaiah Mack (M.S., geography, ’03), center, gives a presentation on global positioning systems to students studying geographic information science and technology at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photo by Su Jin Lee.

Real-World Classroom for Virtual Classmates

July 28, 2011

This summer, students in USC Dornsife’s online graduate programs in geographic information science and technology (GIST) gathered at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to meet their classmates…

Students from USC Dornsife's Environmental Studies Program are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs at the Catalina Island Conservancy. From left to right: Miller Zou, Alexandria Cheung, Lisa Collins, Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez, Charlie de la Rosa and Daniel Kasang. Photo courtesy of Lisa Collins.

A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship

July 15, 2011

Two students and two recent graduates of USC Dornsife’s Environmental Studies Program have started a trail-blazing summer interning with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with…

Kellie Spafford (far left), lab technician at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, describes a sea hare to “Saturday at the Lab” visitors. Photo by Sean Conner.

Spend a "Saturday at the Lab" on Catalina Island

June 2, 2011

This summer, the USC Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island welcomes the general public to visit its state-of-the-art research facilities through its “Saturday at the Lab” program, which began…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

Pamela Bluestein (right) stands with her winning Sycamore Canyon Middle School seventh graders in Catalina Island. The students are, from left, Justin Tan, Erin Zisman, Remington Parker, Alex Vesling, Austin Mason and Jared Cummings. Photo credit Vanessa Knutson.

Edison Challenge Gets Students Charged Up

September 21, 2009

Seventh grader Jared Cummings was at his home about to throw away a few dead batteries when he began to wonder. Wouldn’t the chemicals in the batteries seep into the soil and harm the environment? “So I did some…

The Machine That Goes Ping

The Machine That Goes Ping

April 3, 2009

USC's 454 Life Sciences DNA sequencer is rather humble for a half-million dollar marvel on the frontier of science. "It's the machine that goes ping — sounds really impressive but looks really plain," said John…