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  • Copepods of CCE

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sediment trap team

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • CTD data watch

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • P1604

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Phaeodarians

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sunset

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Bongo nets

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Site review team sets sail

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

The California Current System is a coastal upwelling biome, as found along the eastern margins of all major ocean basins. These are among the most productive ecosystems in the world ocean.

The California Current Ecosystem LTER (32.9°, -120.3°) is investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem, with particular attention to long-term forcing by a secular warming trend, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and El Niño in altering the structure and dynamics of the pelagic ecosystem. The California Current sustains active fisheries for a variety of finfish and marine invertebrates, modulates weather patterns and the hydrologic cycle of much of the western United States, and plays a vital role in the economy of myriad coastal communities.