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  • Randie Bundy showing off her poster at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Loading day

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE sunset

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • CTD data watch

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • P1604

  • Members of Tony Koslow’s lab prepare for a midwater MOHT net trawl

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Fourth of July celebration on the R/V New Horizon

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Bongo nets

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Pelagic red crab

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.