An orca whale surfaces near Shannon Point.

Welcome to the Shannon Point Marine Center

A nexus for innovative research and immersive educational opportunities


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.