2016 AAUS Scientific Diving Course

June 11-20, and June 27, 2016
USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island, CA and Mainland Los Angeles, CA

The USC Wrigley Institute offers non-credit courses in Scientific Diving on Catalina Island. This course is open to both USC students and the general public. Open-water SCUBA certification required.

The 2016 USC Scientific Diver Class is now closed. Please contact the DSO if you have any questions.


Past Events

Southern California Academy of Sciences, 2016 Annual Meeting

May 6-7, 2016; Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC
The Southern California Academy of Sciences (SCAS) is holding their annual 2-day conference here on the USC campus this Friday and Saturday, May 6-7. This year's conference features a special session on the contributions of Wrigley Institute scientists: "50 years of research at the USC Wrigley Institute."

Join Us for Chamber Day 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Catalina Island and Aquarium of the Pacific

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; May 3, 2016: 12pm

Speakers: MEB student talks 

Rohan Sachdeva (Advisor: John Heidelberg)
"Testing the hypothesis in hypothesis generating data: Using time-series isolation of closely related Vibrio strains to verify environmental sequencing results"
Bingran Cheng (Advisor: Wiebke Ziebis)
"Unexplored Microbial Communities in Sediment Porewater"

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; April 26, 2016: 12pm

Speakers: MEB student talks

Erin McParland (Advisor: Naomi Levine)
"Environmental drivers of DMSP production"
Paige Connell
 (Advisor: David Caron)
"SUBICE: Study of Under-Ice Blooms in the Chukchi Ecosystem"
Sarah Hu (Advisor: David Caron)
"Metabolic potential of microbial eukaryotic communities at SPOT"

2016 Tyler Prize Laureate Lecture–Sir Partha Dasgupta

Tutor Campus Center (TCC)The Forum (Room 450) UPC; April 21, 2016: 3-4:30pm

"The Idea of Sustainable Development"
As a preeminent economist and author, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge is widely recognized for his intellectual work bridging the gap between environment and the human condition. His research includes major contributions to the theory of “sustainable development,” and measures for evaluating sustainability by tracking intergenerational well-being and the status of marginalized groups. Over time, his influential body of research has been transformative both within academic contexts and beyond academia to help shape governmental, intergovernmental and religious policies, practices and positions. 

Reception following in the Tyler Pavilion at VKC.

Science Policy Group at USC

ZHS 200, USC UPC; April 15, 2016: 2pm

Southern California air quality Seminar with Dr. Jim Fawcett
Air quality in the Los Angeles air basin has been a persistent problem since ancient times but with industrialization in the 20th Century it gradually became almost unbearable. With federal clean air legislation as well as concomitant state legislation in the latter parts of that century, air quality has improved and so-called “criteria” air emissions have been markedly reduced. Releases of volatile organic compounds in paints, auto emissions, industrial discharges, dry cleaning plants and a host of other emissions have been curbed to the point where, although the region still cannot meet federal ambient air quality standards, nevertheless the air is much cleaner. One persistent source of emissions, however, has been difficult to manage: diesel emissions from foreign-flagged merchant ships, most of whom are powered by diesel engines and who heretofore have needed to use their auxiliary engines in port. Now, joint action by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the two seaports at Los Angeles (San Pedro) and Long Beach has resulted in a scheme to help resolve this significant source of diesel pollution and reduce its impact on a still-stressed air basin. In this presentation we will learn about the sources of marine air pollution, why it’s so difficult to resolve and what is being done via the Clean Air Action Plan that the ports and the AQMD have devised.

James Fawcett is the Director of Marine Science and Policy Outreach and Marine Transportation/Seaport Specialist for the Sea Grant Program at the Wrigley Institute, and an adjunct Professor in the schools of Public Policy and Environmental Studies at USC.

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; April 12, 2016: 12pm

Speakers: MEB student talks

Elizabeth Teel (Advisor: Naomi Levine)
"From Networks to Models: Utilizing time-series data to improve marine ecosystem modeling"
Zhi Zhu (Advisor: David Hutchins)
"Different responses of Pseudo-nitzschia subcurvata and Phaeocystis antarctica to temperature and CO2 change"
Laura Zinke (Advisor: Jan Amend)
"Sediment microbial communities on the Dorado Outcrop"

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; April 5, 2016: 12pm

Speakers: MEB student talks

Jacqueline Lin (Advisor: Andrew Gracey)
"Behavioral and transcriptomic investigations of rhythmic activity in free-running limpet Lottia paradigitalis"
Xiaoshen Yin (Advisor: Dennis Hedgecock)
"Size and Sex: Phenotypic data analysis for Pacific oysters in six F2 families"
Christopher Suffridge (Advisor: Eric Webb)
"Intracellular and Dissolved B-Vitamins Provide Insight into Marine Microbial Community Dynamics"

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; March 29, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Dr. Mary Voytek, NASA
Astrobiology: the Search of Life on Earth and Beyond. Or Astrobiology: The Study of Stars to Life 
Dr. Mary A. Voytek took charge of NASA’s Astrobiology Program on September 15, 2008, as Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA HQ. In addition to managing the Core and Strategic Astrobiology Programs, in 2015, Dr. Voytek formed Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a systems science initiative by NASA, to search for life on exoplanets.

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; March 1, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Ben Speers-Roesch, University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences
MEB Marine Metazoan Adaptation candidate
Metabolism, the heart, and the persistence of animals in challenging environments
Environmental change can challenge the persistence of animals by limiting function and performance. My research program explores two fundamental questions. First, how do physiological responses allow animals to function, perform, and persist in challenging environments, such as hypoxic or frigid waters? Second, what are the physiological linkages between environmental variability, organismal function and performance, and ecological and evolutionary patterns? I will highlight my work on how some fishes cope with winter by hibernating, and how the hearts of hypoxia-tolerant fishes continue to function under low levels of oxygen while those of hypoxia-sensitive fishes fail. Throughout, I will illustrate the importance of metabolism, and the cardiorespiratory system that sustains it, as key mediators of the tolerance or sensitivity of animals to environmental change.

35th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

Avalon Harbor, Santa Calina Island; Saturday, February 20th, 2016

WIES–Catalina Conservation Divers (WIES–CCD)

USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and WIES–Catalina Conservation Divers are proud to host Catalina Island’s 35th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. The event began in the 1970s in an effort to cleanup Avalon Harbor, and this event is the only time diving is permitted in the Harbor.

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; February 9, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Katie Barott, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
I am a marine biologist interested in understanding how corals and other marine organisms interact with their surroundings. My research spans multiple scales of biology, from molecular pathways used to detect changes in the chemical environment, to intercellular communication between corals and their microbial symbionts, to the effect these small-scale dynamics have on the interactions between benthic reef organisms. These mechanisms are important for predicting how marine ecosystems will respond to an environment that is increasingly affected by human activity and climate change.

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; February 2, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Carly Kenkel, Marine Metazoan Adaptation candidate
"Adaptive evolution mechanisms in marine populations"

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; January 26, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Dr. Sam Dupont, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gothenburg, visiting UC Berkeley
"What makes a relevant ocean acidification experiment? Physiological mechanistic understanding as a key to project future impacts"

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; January 19, 2016: 12pm 

Speaker: Dr. Donovan German, UC Irvine
"Resource acquisition in microbes and animals: consequences and mechanisms"

Dr. German is interested in understanding how organisms make a living and the consequences of different energy acquisition strategies for ecosystem fluxes.

MEB Seminar Series

Torrey Webb Conference room, AHF, USC UPC, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy; January 12, 2016: 12pm

Speakers: MEB student talks

Helen Bermudez Foley (Advisor: Suzanne Edmands)
"Synergistic effects of Environmental stress on Tigriopus californicus"
Lily Momper (Advisor: Jan Amend)
"Combining geochemistry, tag sequencing and metagenomics to understand microbial ecology in the deep terrestrial subsurface"
Jayne Smith (Advisor: David Caron)
"Coastal Anthropogenic Nutrient Input and Algal Blooms: A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California"


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