Jessica Dutton

Jessica Dutton

Executive Director, USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research), Environmental Studies Program


Office Location: University Park Campus (CAS 200)

Research Expertise:Marine invertebrate biology, coastal policy, science communication

Dr. Dutton works within the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies to advance the institute’s research mission and partnerships both on and off-campus, and connect those programs with education, policy and other interdisciplinary initiatives. Her research background is in marine eco-physiology, looking at the distribution and function of intertidal species along the California coast, and how ranges map onto the environment with implications for understanding climate impacts. She also held marine policy fellowships with the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the NOAA Fisheries Service before coming to USC. She is a lead investigator in Wrigley’s Earthwatch program, based at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, studying Catalina’s coastal marine protected areas; coordinates programming at the natural-social science interface; and collaborates in many of the institute’s research investigations and educational programs.