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



Voices for a Sustainable and Equitable Future Seminar Series

Thursday, February 22
Public Lecture: 6:00pm in RGL 101
Student Reception with light dinner: 5:00pm
RSVP to richard@usc.edu for student reception location

Dr. Hua Wang (Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Dean of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China)
New Developments in Building an Ecological Civilization in China

Sustainability Professionals Speaker Series

March 1, 2018, GFS 107, USC UPC campus 

Priscilla Ybarra, PhD, Associate Professor, University of North Texas
Presentation Topic: On Their Backs: Race, Class, and the Labor of Climate Change
Time: 3-4 p.m., followed by an informal discussion with students on career paths

Wrigley Institute Graduate Summer Fellowship

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The Wrigley Institute supports research for summer Fellows (Ph.D. candidates) at the WMSC island lab and covers the cost of housing and waterfront fees for up to three months, from June through September. Fellows have full waterfront privileges and share lab space. The Fellows live in shared housing with kitchen facilities and provide their own food.

Sonosky Environmental Sustainability Graduate Summer Fellowship

Applications are due by 5:00pm on March 23th, 2018.

The Norma and Jerol Sonosky Summer Fellowship supports summer graduate research in environmental themes, alternative energy, and other sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

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.

WIES Student Research Blog

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