Wrigley Marine Science Center

An Immersive Home for Environmental Research

The Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) is the Wrigley Institute’s satellite location for research and education. In 1965, thanks to the generosity of the center’s namesake, the University of Southern California established a marine science outpost at Big Fisherman Cove on Santa Catalina Island, CA. That outpost has since grown into a vibrant research campus that hosts hundreds of graduate students and faculty and more than 1,000 undergraduate students each year.

a student holding a sample tube bends over to collect some water and soil
Students Scuba Diving

Visit WMSC

Located just across the San Pedro Channel from Los Angeles, WMSC is nestled in a pristine natural environment that is still connected to one of the world’s largest and busiest urban areas. This unique setting enables researchers to investigate the intersection of people and the planet, exploring both the island’s natural coastal systems and the current and potential impacts of human activity in nature.

Drone photo of Wrigley Marine Science Center dining hall, showing solar panels on the roof and people gathered on the patio outside

Operational Sustainability

WMSC serves as the Wrigley Institute’s testbed for sustainability solutions. Ongoing projects both support the long-term viability of our operations and serve as field experiments to test the feasibility of new practices and technologies.