Environmental Impact

Coastal and Marine Environmental Studies

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies supports marine and environmental science and education at the University of Southern California. The institute has offices on the USC campus in Los Angeles and manages the USC research laboratories and conference facilities on Catalina Island.

The core research efforts are in Marine Environmental Biology and works to understand marine organisms, their interactions in complex marine ecosystems, and the emergent properties of the communities that result from these interactions. By design and by necessity this work includes studies at all levels of biological organization: molecular, genetic, organismal, population and community, and the intersection between the activities of organisms and the abiotic world.

The interdisciplinary and integrative nature of our research presents opportunities to create unique linkages across scales, educating our students in the connections between molecular biology, physiological ecology, neurobiology, and the larger-scale functions of organisms and ecosystems.

The USC Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center is a state-of-the-art research center and teaching facility on Catalina Island, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles., that's available for use by USC faculty and students, researchers from other universities, conference organizers and a wide range of educational groups.

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