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  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Sediment trap team

  • P1604

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Sunset

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Loading day

  • CTD data watch

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Phaeodarians

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Bongo nets

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Site review team sets sail

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.