Mission Statement

Educating leaders in science, education, policy, and stewardship through experiential learning integrated with innovative marine and environmental scientific research.

Welcome to Shannon Point

The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) supports and promotes Western Washington University’s instructional and research programs in the marine sciences; provides access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world; supports supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs; and promotes ocean literacy among the general public through targeted K-12 and public education initiatives. In support of these efforts, SPMC has developed excellent facilities for field and laboratory instruction and research, as well as a long-term physical and chemical water quality database. The local marine environment is characterized by a wide variety of habitat types that in turn support a rich diversity of marine life. SPMC invites you to explore the opportunities for study of marine science described in more detail throughout this web site.

News and Events

VikingFunder: Marine Science Scholars Program. Help us train future scientists and stewards of our marine environments through the Marine Science Scholars Program! Your donation makes a difference.
(April 2017)

WWU Marine Scientist Suzanne Strom is a coPI on a new NSF LTER site in the Gulf of Alaska
(March 2017)

WWU Marine Scientist Suzanne Strom Honored With Prestigious ASLO Fellowship
(December 2015)

Page Updated 05.10.2017