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  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sunset

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Experimental driftarray at sea

  • Deploying GO-Flos for trace metal analyses

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • "Radiolarian"

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

  • LTER graduate students and resident technicians deploy the SeaSoar

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • CTD data watch

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loading day

  • Trace metal pole sampling

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • R/V Melville dry lab

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Scientific party, CCE P0704

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

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

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

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Shipboard zooplankton experiments

  • Bridge Event Logger

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE sunset

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Mocness flight control in ship's lab

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • P1604

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.

The San Diego Reader covers San Marcos Middle School students at Birch Aquarium having live video chat with CCE LTER researchers out at sea aboard the RV Sikuliaq, studying El Niño.