The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies brings together all of the marine and environmental sciences at the University of Southern California, and its crown jewel is a unique marine lab on Catalina Island, the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center. Some of our programs are entirely focused on the mainland campus of USC, some are focused on the Catalina Island marine lab, and many use both locations.
The Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island supports research throughout the year. The labs are busy, particularly from May through September, and we recommend that you apply for research space at least five months in advance.
To conduct research at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, click here.
“I’ve been working out at the Wrigley Marine Science Center for 25 years now and have found it to be one of the best marine labs in the country. The staff are unbelievably helpful and friendly, and the facilities (e.g., dive locker, small boats) are perfect for the types of research I do. They’ve made it easy to get out there and have great housing accommodations, especially if you need to be in the field at all hours of the day (or night)!”—Dr. Chis Lowe, California State University, Long Beach "I have been conducting experiments on living planktonic foraminifera at the Wrigley Marine Science Center for over 30 years because it is a unique facility with easy access to open ocean environments. The laboratory staff has provided us with excellent support and the diving and boating infrastructure has been very dependable. As a result, we have been able to dive for organisms on a regular basis and conduct research continuously during our field seasons. This excellent support combination has allowed us to complete a wide range of experiments that has produced 36 publications in refereed journals and edited books."