USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies supports marine and environmental science at the University of Southern California as well as education programs in Southern California and beyond.

The Institute has its main offices in Los Angeles on the USC University Park Campus and it manages research laboratories and conference facilities on Catalina Island.  The location of this institute provides an ideal opportunity for underwater, near-shore and open water research. The institute has island labs situated on Big Fisherman's Cove. This provides grounds for innovation and learning to the students interested in this area.

The Institute serves as an environmental headquarters for the university. WIES gives interested faculty and students from all disciplines a physical center for their work and a set of innovative programs to focus their attention on goals that are meaningful. It is here that researchers from areas such as biology, economics, public administration, medicine and many more can work together at understanding and solving society's toughest environmental problems and preparing for future issues. Perhaps our most important objective is to effectively communicate the findings of this truly interdisciplinary center to the public and especially those who can effect positive environmental change.

The Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) at Big Fisherman's Cove on Catalina Island was established following a 1965 grant (made possible by the Wrigley and Offield families) of more than 14 acres of land to USC. In 1995, William and Julie Wrigley continued their family legacy of conservation by providing USC the capital to initiate the Wrigley Institute. Their generous gift provided for an endowed directorship, an endowed chair, and the funds to renovate the WMSC on Catalina Island. Today, the WMSC is the centerpiece of the Wrigley Institute.  USC demonstrated its commitment to environmental studies by matching the Wrigley contribution and by actively working toward a $60 million fund raising goal for the Institute.


Terri Bidle, Marine Education Specialist and QuikSCience Program Manager

Phone: (213) 740-8776


Gord Boivin, Boat Captain


Address (Main Campus):

USC Wrigley Institute, AHF 410,

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California 90089-0371

Phone: (213) 740-6780        

Fax: (213) 740-6720