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A newly installed, 23kW solar energy system became active on March 17 and now delivers about 98 kilowatt hours of electricity per day to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photo by Karl Huggins.

Solar energy system up and running at USC’s Catalina Island facility

April 11, 2016

At its Catalina Island home 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center basks in bright sunshine for more than two-thirds of the year on average. The center — a focal point for…

Advancing Aquaponics

Advancing Aquaponics

October 27, 2015

Environmental studies students Jacqueline Hernandez ’17 and Natalie Kra ’17 helped build the new aquaponics system at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on California’s Catalina Island.

Michele Felberg, a graduate of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies program and the USC Scientific Diving program. Photo courtesy of Michele Felberg.

Diving into Success

May 20, 2015

Michele Felberg ’13 knows the connection between tourism and the marine environment — that’s where she's worked for the past two years. With the help of a prestigious scholarship, she wants to study how…

Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…

The USC Wrigley Institute, housed in USC Dornsife, sent Juan Carlos Aguilar to San Diego this March for a training course at the Maritime Institute to prepare for the United States Coast Guard test for a 50-ton “near coastal” captain’s license. Photo by Eun-Jung Julie Koh.

The Fish Whisperer

December 17, 2014

Juan Carlos Aguilar came to Catalina Island a few years after finishing high school in San Diego, California. He worked for two summers at the general store in Two Harbors, scooping ice cream among other tasks, then applied…

From left, doctoral student Diane Kim, SPOT coordinator Troy Gunderson and doctoral student David Needham stand aboard research vessel <em>Yellowfin</em> with a Rosette water sampler equipped with sensors used to collect real-time environmental data. Photo by Cheryl Chow.

A Scientific Hot SPOT

September 25, 2014

At a station in the San Pedro Basin, a region between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, USC Dornsife faculty and student researchers study the physical, biological and biogeochemical cycles that define the coastal…

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…