• Image of Orcas swimming in the Salish Sea with a phrase Welcome to Shannon Point Marine Center, A nexus for innovative research and immersive educational opportunities
  • SPMC research is wide ranging.
  • group of students
  • RV Magister beside a buoy
  • collage of four photos: SPMC campus, students investigating seaweed on rocks, Mount Baker, and an aerial view of SPMC property
  • Two photos: man talking to group regarding the sea creatures in a tank, two students eating popcorn listen to a professor discussing coral


Our mission is to increase understanding of complex coastal and marine systems by integrating research with student-centered, immersive education, with a continuing commitment to diversity and mentoring.


SPMC is a national model for innovative research that combines new and traditional approaches and incorporates a diverse community of learners to create transformational education experiences.