Welcome to our Wrigley Institute Student Research Blog! Here, we feature many of the incredible graduate and undergraduate students conducting research with us throughout the year.
For example, we host about 15 Wrigley Marine Science Center Fellows at Catalina Island each year. These grad students come from USC and universities across the West Coast to study a variety of environmental topics – from marine ecology to benthic sediments, to ancient water sources used by native peoples, to animal-tracking technologies, and even kelp as biofuel.
Back on the mainland, we host the Norma and Jerol Sonosky Fellows. These grad students focus on applied research at the interface of humans and the environment. Through their projects, we are finding new sustainable paths for the future. Our International GeoBiology grads are in full swing every summer too, studying the critical co-evolution of the Earth and it’s living systems.
We are also thrilled to welcome REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) students to the island each summer. These undergrads from across the country spend 10 weeks learning about Coastal Sustainability research with USC mentors. They are often joined by animation students from USC’s Cinema School or interns from all disciplines engaging with the science teams and contributing their unique skills.
As you can see, the Wrigley Institute is always abuzz with activity. Join us as we showcase these students and watch their research projects unfold!