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  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Phaeodarians

  • Sediment trap team

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Sunset

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Bongo nets

  • Pelagic red crab

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • CTD data watch

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • P1604

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Loading day

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.