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  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • UVP and Tristan

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Phaeodarians

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Pelagic red crab

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD data watch

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sunset

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • P1604

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Sediment trap team

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loading day

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.