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.

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Wrigley Institute, and the 50th anniversary of our Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Join us as we celebrate this heritage of science and discovery at USC. Here’s to the next 50!


New at the Wrigley Institute


"Linking Citizen Science and Social Equity to Advance Sustainability: What's the Connection?"

Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall, Brain and Creativity Institute, USC, UPC; October 21, 2015: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Presented by: Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management and School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Research at the intersection of social science and environmental health, to explore how different groups are impacted by environmental policies and move sustainability science from research to social benefit.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Wrigley Marine Science Center

USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island; August 8, 2015

A wonderful time was had by all as we celebrated 50 years of science and discovery on Catalina Island! The Wrigley Marine Science Center was abuzz with activity, highlighting the diverse research, scientists and students pioneering solutions to our environmental challenges. View the online photo gallery.

Summer 2015 WAVES newsletter