2015 USC Wrigley Institute Spring Break

Spend your spring break as an oceanographer on Catalina Island!
March 16-20, 2015 (Mon-Fri)

Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’
Research Exposure Program

The ocean has a profound influence on our daily lives, from providing seafood and recreational spaces, to regulating weather patterns and buffering the effects of climate change. But how does the ocean change over time and respond to natural or human-induced disturbance events? How are ocean dynamics, in turn, impacting the natural resources that we rely on?

Join the USC Wrigley Institute to explore ocean dynamics through hands-on research training in the field, and contribute to an ongoing oceanographic research program (the USC WIES San Pedro Ocean Time-series).

Students will participate in a research expedition to collect environmental data using state-of-the-art oceanographic equipment, including seawater samples that will be further analyzed during a 5 day stay at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

This 5-day WIES Research Exposure Program (REP) will include:

  • A 1-day research training cruise on board the Research Vessel Yellowfin to gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to be an oceanographer.
  • Participants will add to, access and analyze a long-term data set from the USC WIES San Pedro Ocean Time-series project, a research initiative that has been monitoring the biological, chemical and physical variability of the marine environment near Los Angeles Harbor for over 16 years.
  • 5 days and 4 nights on Catalina Island at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, conducting research in the lab and in the field.
  • Special seminars about marine and ocean science, presented by experts in the field.
  • Outdoor activities including snorkeling, kayaking and hiking to explore local marine and terrestrial environments.  

Cost: $550 (includes travel from/to USC UPC, housing, meals, activities and seminars). Some funding opportunities may be available for students who display a strong desire to participate in this program and require financial assistance. Please contact dianekim@usc.edu for more information. 

Space is limited to the first 16 students who register. Register TODAY! Open to undergraduates from ALL MAJORS.

See pictures from previous USC WIES spring break programs by connecting with us on Facebook (WIES FB) and Twitter (@WIES_UP).








Spring Break 2014: Science of Sustainable (SoS) Food

Photo by Michelle Boston


Food Revolution, USC Dornsife News
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.

Questions? Contact Dr. Diane Kim at dianekim@usc.edu

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  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0371