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  • Sediment trap team

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sunset

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CTD data watch

  • Loading day

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Copepods of CCE

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • P1604

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Phaeodarians

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • "Radiolarian"

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Krill and micronekton soup

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.

Summer 2019 REUs

Applications are currently being accepted. View information here.