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  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sunset

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Bongo nets

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Phaeodarians

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • CTD data watch

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Copepods of CCE

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • P1604

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap team

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Loading day

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

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.