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  • P1604

  • CTD data watch

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Phaeodarians

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Loading day

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Copepods of CCE

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Sediment trap team

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sunset in the California Current

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.