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.