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.


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Victoria J. Bertics awarded the Citation of Scientific Excellence

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) has awarded Vicky the Citation of Scientific Excellence. The award will be given out in Portland, Oregon at the awards ceremony.

Harvard University scientist Peter Girguis used Alvin’s manipulator arm to place a memorial plaque on the seafloor for Victoria Bertics, a former graduate student. (http://alvinverification.whoi.edu/in-the-ball/)
Photo by Peter Girguis, Harvard University; Courtesy of Peter Girguis, chief scientist, Harvard; Funding agencies: NSF, ONR, NOAA; ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Douglas G. Capone is the winner of the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The winner of the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology is Douglas G. Capone for his outstanding accomplishments as a marine microbiologist. Read about Doug's many contributions to his field and learn more about this prestigious award at the American Society For Microbiology website.


On Location - Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Video


Winter 2014 WAVES e-newsletter


Wild or Farmed? How to Sustain the Options for your Dinner Table

The Pacific Club, Newport Beach, CA; March 10, 2014
In an interactive panel discussion, Sam King, chief executive of King's Seafood Co., USC Dornsife College’s Dennis Hedgecock, the Paxson H. Offield Professor in Fisheries Ecology, and Sergey Nuzhdin, Professor of Biological Sciences, explored aquaculture’s opportunities and challenges—especially as they relate to Southern California and the local food movement. Moderated by USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies Director Roberta Marinelli.


The Victoria J. Bertics Summer Fellowship

On September 28, 2013, the Wrigley Institute community lost one of our recent graduates. Victoria J. Bertics passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer, at age 31. In Vicky’s honor, the Wrigley Institute seeks your support to establish a graduate summer fellowship fund for student research at the Wrigley Marine Science Center. This fellowship will honor Vicky’s legacy at the WMSC and her impact on the scientific community.


A day in the life: Gordon Boivin - Wrigley Institute Marine Operations Manager Video

Gordon Boivin spends his days piloting USC's boat the Miss Christi back and forth between San Pedro and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, as well as managing and maintaining all of Wrigley's marine operations.




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