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  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Loading day

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • "Radiolarian"

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Sediment trap team

  • Phaeodarians

  • Bongo nets

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • CTD data watch

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Sunset

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Pelagic red crab

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • UVP and Tristan

  • P1604

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

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.