USC Wrigley Institute introduces aquaponics to local K-12 students
by Laura Paisley, 04/21/2016
The Food for Thought educational outreach program enriches education in Los Angeles public schools using aquaponics as an active-learning platform for themes related to STEM as well as food and environmental justice.
• Learn more about our Food for Thought program on our webpage.

Ancient Volcanoes Could Be Key to Predicting Impact of Climate Change
by Andrew Good, 04/13/2016
A new study strengthens the case that a prehistoric disaster is a good model for studying the potential effect of rising carbon dioxide levels.

Solar Energy System Up and Running at USC’s Catalina Island Facility
by Darrin S. Joy, 04/11/2016
The installation and launch of a solar energy system at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center marks a significant step in the university’s efforts to boost sustainability.

Focusing on the SPOT: the ‘Little Time-Series That Could’
by Jessica Dutton, 03/01/2016
Recently, the Wrigley Institute gathered USC scientists to share what they have learned from working with data from seventeen years of monitoring our coastal waters at the San Pedro Ocean Time-series (SPOT).

Microorganisms Battle It Out within Algal Blooms
by Robert Perkins, 03/01/2016
Looking closer, researchers discover that algal blooms in the ocean encompass microscopic battles, with the front lines shifting on a daily basis

Harbor Cleanup Collects 5,000 Pounds of Trash
Divers collected almost 5,000 pounds of trash from the bottom of Avalon Harbor last weekend during the 35th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, according to Jill A. Boivin, a spokesperson for the cleanup. The event drew 343 participants, 317 of them divers, and raised $4,519. The money will benefit USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Program. - See more at:

One of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30,’ Dieuwertje Kast Is Educating Next-gen STEM Leaders
by Susan Bell, 01/25/2016
Honored by Forbes’ annual list for her achievements in science, alumna and USC Joint Educational Project (JEP) STEM programs manager Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast is heading to the Arctic this summer to learn about polar science.

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Are We Ready for El Niño?
by Lizzie Hedrick, 12/11/2015
USC Dornsife scientist explains why current models aren’t enough to predict future changes in climate and weather patterns.

El Niño and Beyond: How to Predict Climate Change
by Lizzie Hedrick, 12/10/2015
Lowell Stott of earth sciences at USC Dornsife discusses why current models aren’t enough to predict future changes in climate and weather patterns.

USC Dornsife Students Make an Environmental Difference
by Laura Paisley, 11/23/2015
By learning how to write a funding grant, they propose ways to help the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center and LA Coliseum

Students Pen Winning Environmental Grant Proposals
by Laura Paisley, 11/23/2015
Undergraduates learn the art of environmental grant writing and are rewarded with winning proposals to green the infrastructure at the Los Angeles Coliseum and USC Wrigley Marine Science Center.

Southern Pacific Voyage Links Hydrothermal Plumes to Global Climate
by Darrin S. Joy, 11/13/2015
USC researcher finds surprising levels of iron used by marine microbes in the deep sea.

Newly Discovered Sea Urchin Fossil Is Oldest of Its Kind
by Smithsonian Science News, 11/09/2015
Researchers have uncovered a fossil sea urchin that pushes back a fork in its family tree by 10 million years, according to a new study.

Oldest Urchin
by Robert Perkins, 11/09/2015
A sea urchin fossil found by a USC team had been buried in a rock formation that dates back nearly 270 million years — 10 million years earlier than previous specimens.

Deep Sea Surprise
by Darrin S. Joy, 11/06/2015
Research by James Moffett of biological sciences and earth sciences found surprising levels of iron in the depths of the Southern Pacific Ocean that may be linked to global climate.

Donation Funds Solar Panels to Power Wrigley Institute
by Alma Velazquez, 11/03/2015
Due to a donation made to USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, the University has procured its first significant source of renewable energy.

With a Little Help from Microbes (Video)
Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet, 10/21/2015
Graduate student Bonita Lam wants to know how some bacteria can naturally break down toxins in our environment.

Advancing Aquaponics (Video)
Video by Mira Zimet and Matt Meindl, 10/15/2015
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.

A Skeptical Scientist Studies the Latest Findings on Mars
by Lizzie Hedrick, 10/07/2015
USC Dornsife’s Kenneth Nealson takes a cautionary approach to new research about potential life on the red planet.

Shining Light on Mars
by Lizzie Hedrick, 10/06/2015
USC Dornsife's Kenneth Nealson, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences, weighs in on recent findings regarding the potential for life on Mars.

Animal Movement Analyzed, with Unlikely Help from an Octopus
by Richard Hoops, 09/24/2015
USC researchers want to know more about the human tongue, and they travel to Japan for answers.

Students, Staff and Faculty Make Sustainability a Priority
by Lynn Lipinski, 09/11/2015
Inspired by the USC provost, Trojans hike their ambitious efforts in research and creative activities to improve the environment.

Bacteria in Overdrive
by Robert Perkins, 09/08/2015
Scientists demonstrate that a key organism in the ocean’s food web will start reproducing at high speed as carbon dioxide levels rise, with no way to stop when nutrients become scarce.

Toward a Better World
by Susan Bell, 08/24/2015
Two USC Dornsife alumnae have been named Fulbright-Clinton Fellows — the first USC graduates to receive this honor.

New Greenhouse Will Be On View at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
by Richard Hoops, 08/07/2015
Part of the greenhouse will feature plants that grow without soil.

Shark Week Gives Attention to the Big Guys, but it Wouldn’t Happen Without the Small Fry
by Amber Dance, 07/05/2015
If not for those largely invisible microorganisms, you wouldn’t have great whites or hammerheads; that’s why USC researchers study them.

USC Alum Is Ready to Rescue You
by Laura Paisley, 06/29/2015
Former participant in a USC Wrigley Institute program works for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

A Rescue Mission
by Richard Hoops and Laura Paisley, 06/25/2015
Alumnus Jamie Brisbin, a participant in the USC Wrigley Institute’s “Catalina Semester” program, today works as a pararescueman for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command.

Marine Conservation from a Diver’s Perspective
by Richard Hoops, 05/21/2015
Participants in the USC Scientific Diving program find academic and professional success while advancing their respective fields.

Diving into Success
by Richard Hoops, 05/20/2015
Buoyed by their experiences, participants in the USC Scientific Diving program aim to advance their respective fields while making a global impact.

The Environmental Story of L.A.
by Jessica Dutton, 05/06/2015
The history of the Los Angeles basin’s coastal environment — and how we can ensure its future — were the focus of a recent USC Wrigley Institute symposium.

Renewed Energy
by Lizzie Hedrick, 04/30/2015
The 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is awarded to Jane Lubchenco and Madhav Gadgil for their work bridging ecological research with environmental policy on land and at sea.

Enigmatic Organism
by Robert Perkins, 04/23/2015
Biologist Eric Webb finds ‘sea sawdust’ makes harsh environments more habitable by turning nitrogen gas from the air into a nutrient that other organisms can use.

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward: Celebrating 20 Years of the USC Wrigley Institute (YouTube Video)
Featuring a conversation with Inaugural Director Dr. Tony Michaels and Current Director Dr. Roberta Marinelli.

The Winner in Climate Change?
by Robert Perkins, 04/07/2015
Geobiologist Frank Corsetti looks to the past to postulate our climate future. 

Organisms Defend Themselves Against Environmental Stress
by Robert Perkins, 03/30/2015
Increasing carbon dioxide levels can force a sea urchin’s metabolism into overdrive just to stay alive.

Hidden Costs
by Robert Perkins, 03/30/2015
A new study led by biologist Donal Manahan finds that organisms defend themselves against climate change — to a point. Increasing carbon dioxide levels can force a sea urchin’s metabolism into overdrive just to stay alive.

Partners in Sustainability and Environmental Studies
by Laura Paisley, 02/03/2015
Scientific leaders and faculty members from USC Dornsife and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines are developing a joint strategic program to strengthen environmental and climate-related research and education.

Beneath the Sea
by Robert Perkins, 01/15/2015
A new species discovered beneath the ocean’s crust may play important role in the global carbon cycle.

Issues and Interventions
by Susan Bell, 01/13/2015
A member of the USC Dornsife Sustainability Task Force, Jonathan Lawhead works across the disciplines of philosophy and earth science to research climate change solutions. 

How Coastal Communities Can Prep for the Next High Tide
by Richard Hoops, 01/06/2015
With ‘resilience’ as the watchword, USC Sea Grant is helping cities plan for rising sea levels and climate change

Microbes and Climate
by Richard Hoops, 01/06/2015
Naomi Levine of biological sciences and earth sciences digs up information on climate by studying oceanic phytoplankton and bacteria. 

Preparing for the Next High Tide
by Richard Hoops, 01/05/2015
USC Sea Grant is building on its sea level rise study for L.A., so the same methods can be applied to the rest of L.A. County — from Malibu to Long Beach.

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The Fish Whisperer
by Richard Hoops, 12/17/2014
Juan Carlos Aguilar is a certified scientific diver and relief captain for the USC vessel Miss Christi at USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

Miss Christi Gets Green
by Richard Hoops, 12/16/2014
USC’s boat the Miss Christi carries passengers back and forth between San Pedro and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island. The vessel is undergoing improvements.

USC Launches Pilot Crowdfunding Platform
by Jessica Raymond
Ignite USC raises funds to support innovative ideas coming from faculty, staff, students and alumni

In Their Own Words
by Richard Hoops, 10/08/2014
Students chronicle their research experiences in a new USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies blog. 

A Scientific Hot SPOT
by Laura Paisley, 09/25/2014
Ongoing marine biology research at the San Pedro Ocean Timeseries (SPOT) station, gathering information on the sea’s reaction to climate change, receives nearly $3 million in new funding.

Close Look at Baldwin Hills
by Richard Hoops, 09/16/2014
Spatial scientist Travis Longcore brings new tools to classic conservation efforts in a new environmental study of Baldwin Hills. 

Heidelberg Steers the Ship
by Richard Hoops, 09/15/2014
Karla Heidelberg, new Environmental Studies Program director, believes “we cannot steer a ship by looking in the rearview mirror.”

Chilton Wins Marine Award
by Richard Hoops, 09/10/2014
USC Sea Grant’s Linda Chilton is honored as an excellent educator with a friendly personality and endless enthusiasm for all things marine.

Investigations into life’s footprint on the planet spurs future reseachers
by Lizzie Hedrick, 07/25/2014
Camaraderie, calcium carbonate and classwork combine in summer field program.

Where Earth and Life Sciences Merge
by Lizzie Hedrick, 07/24/2014
Graduate students from throughout the world attend a USC Dornsife summer course in geobiology. Some of their research takes place at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. 

Alumnus Goes Full Speed Ahead
by Richard Hoops, 07/10/2014
The Peace Corps and USC Dornsife led biology graduate student to international naval research. 

Venus Flytrap of the Sea
by Richard Hoops, 06/19/2014
A study funded by the Moore Foundation explores how a species of marine organisms acquires nutrition, which could lead to better understanding of harmful algal blooms. 

Capturing CASE Gold
The USC Dornsife Office of Communication in collaboration with the USC Wrigley Institute and the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement has won a gold 2014 Circle of Excellence award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Kelp Watch Monitors Radioactive Contaminants from Fukushima Disaster
by Richard Hoops, 05/28/2014
USC Wrigley Institute and USC Sea Grant lead an effort to examine long-term effects of Japan’s radiation leaks on California’s coastal waters.

Red Sea Research Beckons USC Team
by Susan Bell, 05/23/2014
Microbiologist Douglas Capone leads an ecology study that aims to develop ties with a Saudi Arabian university.

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.

On Location - Tour of the Wrigley Institute's Hyperbaric Chamber and Touch Tank (Video)

Capone to Receive Award for Biosciences Research
by Michelle Boston, 05/05/2014
The scientist’s work has influenced studies on the interaction between nitrogen and the global carbon cycle.

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.

Students and Sustainability: Waste Not, Want Not
by Michelle Boston, 04/07/2014
Trojans study the science of sustainable food at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center.

Food Revolution
by Michelle Boston, 04/07/2014
Students spend Spring break at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island studying the science of sustainable food. After lessons on aquaculture and aquaponics, they get their hands dirty creating compost in an edible garden.

Wild or Farmed?
by Michelle Boston, 03/19/2014
Researchers from the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Science weigh the options for sourcing the salmon, shrimp or oysters served up on your dinner table.

Island Treasures
by Pamela J. Johnson, 02/14/2014
“The cornerstone of the USC Wrigley Institute’s mission is to advance fundamental knowledge of our ocean, our Earth and her systems,” said Roberta Marinelli, executive director of the USC Wrigley Institute.

The Task at Land (and Sea and Air)
by Pamela J. Johnson, 02/07/2014
Launched recently by Dean Steve Kay, the USC Dornsife Sustainability Task Force takes on questions affecting people and the environment.

Octopus Got Your Tongue?
by Richard Hoops, 01/08/2014
It’s an unusual coupling: A linguist and a marine biologist are working together to investigate the human tongue.

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Treasure Island
by Pamela J. Johnson, 11/13/2013
On Catalina Island — and the University Park campus — the legendary Wrigley family has created a kingdom of scientific researchers. 

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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Brainwaves by the Sea
by Susan Bell, 09/17/2013
Under the auspices of USC Dornsife 2020, 10 doctoral students presented summer research projects in social neuroscience at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

Life Underground
by Richard Hoops, 08/01/2013
The $6.7 million research project led by USC Dornsife’s Jan Amend explores life below the Earth’s surface. The studies are connected to the search for life on Mars and elsewhere in the solar system.

Turning the Tide (Video)
The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is creating new pathways for a sustainable world through research, education and outreach.

Fuhrman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
by Pamela J. Johnson, 04/26/2013
USC Dornsife’s Jed Fuhrman researches how complex marine microbial systems interact and change over time, resulting in problems such as climate change.

Tommy Trojan Personified
by Richard Hoops, 04/10/2013
Tom Nolan, who went on to become an Earth explorer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) after graduating from USC Dornife, is the epitome of Trojan spirit.

A Flotsam of Innovation
by Richard Hoops, 03/20/2013
Johanna Holm, a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, collaborates on a “dynamic book” about a science-minded boy who goes to the beach to collect flotsam — anything floating washed ashore. Holm and her team turn his discoveries into a digital experience.

USC Spatial Sciences Institute Installs GPS Base Station at WMSC

Battling Oceanic Climate Change
by Richard Hoops, 02/15/2013
USC Dornsife scientists are combining marine and evolutionary biology to thwart the effects of climate change in the ocean. How climate change affects ocean life and human health will be discussed during a March 12 Dornsife 2020 conference at the Doheny Library.

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Wrigley Institute faculty member David Hutchins interviewed at ocean acidification symposium
David Hutchins, Professor of Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife and a member of the Wrigley Institute faculty, participated in the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World in Monterey, California. He was featured in a blog on KQED News (Can Marine Life Adapt to More Acidic Seas?), and participated in a news conference on September 25, 2012.

Wrigley Marine Science Center featured in story about robot tracking of leopard sharks

Taking the Plunge
During a Maymester course, 26 mostly environmental studies students in USC Dornsife who completed a Spring class teaching them how to dive are now headed to Guam and Palau.

Science Saves the Day for Young Students
by Richard Hoops, 04/18/2012
More than 400 middle and high school students from around the world submitted science project entries for the ninth annual QuikSCience Challenge.

NSF Support for Probe of Microbes
by Richard Hoops, 03/192012
Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the composition and complexity of marine microbial communities that are ubiquitous in the world's oceans.

Earth's Past Is a Warning for the Future
by Robert Perkins, 03/02/2012
Earth scientists representing 18 institutions worldwide – including USC – have united to examine the geologic record of the past 300 million years for clues about what the future holds if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase.

USC Sea Grant Funds Studies of Urban Ocean Issues
The USC Sea Grant urban ocean program has awarded $727,700 to support seven new research projects led by researchers at universities throughout California.

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USC and Boeing Test Unmanned Submarine
by Robert Perkins, 11/30/2011
With news cameras rolling earlier this month, a team of scientists from USC and Boeing ran an 18-foot-long unmanned submarine through its paces off the coast of Catalina Island.

Real-World Classroom for Virtual Classmates
by Richard Hoops, 07/28/2011
Catalina Island serves as a training ground for students from USC Dornsife's online graduate degree programs in geographic information science and technology.

A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship
by Richard Hoops, 07/19/2011
Two students and two recent graduates of the Environmental Studies Program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have started a trail-blazing summer as interns with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs.

USC Sea Grant Program Hosts International Course at USC Lab on Catalina Island
The USC Sea Grant program, part of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies based in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is sponsoring a one-day short course on the effects of marine pollution as part of the International Symposium on Pollution Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO) May 15 at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island.

Nothing Fishy About Sardine Kill
by Pamela J. Johnson, 04/06/2011
The few million silvery sardines that recently went belly up at Redondo Beach have been removed and the rotten egg smell nearly has dissipated.

Ocean Education for the Masses
by Richard Hoops, 03/21/2011
USC College scientists are working with staff and volunteers at informal education centers across Southern California to bring the results of their ocean research to education programs aimed at the general public.

Eight USC Professors Named AAAS Fellows
by Suzanne Wu, 01/11/2011
Eight USC professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of distinguished accomplishments in advancing science and serving society.

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Essential Vitamins in the Marine Environment
by Richard Hoops, 10/18/2010
Two USC College biologists have received support from the National Science Foundation to examine the conditions that lead to the synthesis of B vitamins in the marine environment and the influence of those vitamins on marine life.

Microbes on the Menu
by Richard Hoops, 07/26/2010
The functioning of marine ecosystems depends on the size and flavor of microbes at the base of the food chain. Changes to the Earth’s atmosphere might rearrange that microscopic menu.

Science Students Earn Trip to Catalina
by Richard Hoops, 06/07/10
The QuikSCience Challenge, managed by the USC Wrigley Institute in cooperation with Quiksilver Inc., extended a stay at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center for first and second place winning teams. It also offered something new — a one-day trip to the island for every team that submitted a complete project.

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The Case for Fish and Oyster Farming
by Carl Marziali, 05/2009
Super corn and soybeans are so 20th century. With the world's population nearing seven billion on its way to nine billion by 2050, marine scientists are looking for reliable new food sources through a Blue Revolution—the intelligent use of aquaculture to supplement depleted wild fish stocks with farm-raised oysters and other valuable ocean "crops."

The Machine That Goes Ping
by Terah U. DeJong, 04/03/2009
Faculty with the USC Wrigley Institute operate a high-speed genome sequencer with mind-boggling capabilities. The device is the 454 Life Sciences DNA sequencer, located at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

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Boone Center Dedicated on Catalina Island
by Richard Hoops, 03/01/2008
USC College hosts an extraordinary trip across the San Pedro Channel to dedicate a new conference facility at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center.

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