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  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • P1604

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • CTD data watch

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Phaeodarians

  • "Radiolarian"

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Loading day

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Bongo nets

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Sediment trap team

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • UVP and Tristan

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Holey sock retrieval

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.