The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing an objective source of marine and environmental science and fostering an understanding of the natural world among people of all ages.

Our affiliated faculty conduct research in all aspects of the environment. Wrigley Institute scientists investigate biological adaptations to climate change, study interactions among humans and natural systems, and connect science to environmental policy. We also offer unique educational programming and work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness.

New at the Wrigley Institute



Sustainability contest teaches students how to succeed in environmental business

As new USC Wrigley Sustainability Prize competition calls for entries, Trojans turn ideas to protect the planet into growing businesses following success in last year’s contest.

Bakus Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to Erin McParland, recipient of our Bakus Fellowship in support of her research in Marine and Environmental Biology.

Hagenah Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Eric Watson, recipient of our Hagenah Fellowship in support of his research in the fields of marine, earth and environmental studies.

Kelp Biofuel Project featured on NPR

Listen to the segment on All Things Considered here.

WIES Student Research Blog

Graduate and undergraduate students in our summer programs share their stories from the lab and the field.