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

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE sunset

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Bongo nets

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sunset

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Loading day

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

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

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

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • 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.