Vision and Mission of the Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC)


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


We envision students choosing to enroll at Western Washington University because they know they can pursue interdisciplinary studies while learning from expert faculty and from their peers in a respectful, inclusive, empowering, and immersive situation living and studying on Pacific Northwest coastal waters. Shannon Point Marine Center scientists will maintain an ethos of teamwork within an infrastructural framework necessary to accomplish high quality research and exceptional student mentoring.


Scientific investigation, freedom, creativity and integrity. Teamwork. Empowerment of students and a commitment to diversity. We are inspired by the natural environment of the marine Pacific Northwest and wish to pass along the ethos of stewardship aroused by this passion.


Overriding goal: Take advantage of our position as the historically established marine laboratory at Western Washington University, with Western’s reputation for excellence in environmental sciences and policy and Shannon Point’s position of strength and a national reputation for training underrepresented/multicultural students, to grow programs that achieve our mission of educating leaders in “science, education, policy, and stewardship through experiential learning integrated with research.”

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