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  • Site review team sets sail

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD data watch

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Phaeodarians

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Bongo nets

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • "Radiolarian"

  • P1604

  • Sediment trap team

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Loading day

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

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.