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  • Ralf filling bottles

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Loading day

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Bongo nets

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Sunset

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • P1604

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sediment trap team

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CTD data watch

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Phaeodarians

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

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.