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  • "Radiolarian"

  • Preuss 6th graders visit the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection

  • Teacher, undergrads, postocs, grad student

  • Sediment trap deployment

  • Scientific party, SKrillEx2

  • Sunset

  • MOCNESS preparation

  • MOCNESS deployment

  • Lead PI Mark Ohman and boy scouts at Birch Aquarium

  • Velella velella (by-the-wind sailor)

  • Grad students collecting water from CTD bottles

  • P1604

  • Scientific party, CCE P1408

  • Sediment trap team

  • Night-time MOCNESS crew

  • R/V Sikuliaq - P1604

  • Plankton display at Birch Aquarium

  • Loading day

  • CTD data watch

  • Midwater dragonfish

  • Epifluorescent phytoplankton montage

  • Site review team sets sail

  • Summer 2016 REUs and mentors

  • Mesopelagic fish at Chicano day

  • R/V Sikuliaq afloat in the CCE

  • Setting up the O2/Argon gas system

  • Stern of R/V Sikuliaq

  • Krill and micronekton soup

  • Checking the CCE-1 mooring

  • Chief scientist Mike Landry prepares for a CTD cast

  • CTD-rosette with mascot Ophelia

  • Phaeodarians

  • SeaSoar and Sediment trap

  • Washing down bongo nets

  • Splitting the doliolid-heavy sample

  • Chl-a image and CalCOFI stations

  • Loosejaw (deep-sea fish) captured in Mocness

  • Doliolids at Cycle 3

  • Bongo nets

  • Sunset in the California Current

  • Barbeau lab and trace metal rosette

  • Sampling water from the CTD

  • Sorting an otter trawl sample

  • Holey sock retrieval

  • MOHT midwater trawl deployment

  • CTD, bongo, MVP

  • R/V Oceanus student cruise scientific party, 2015

  • 8th graders tour SIO

  • CCE grad students & postdoc at UCSB exchange

  • Copepods of CCE

  • Ralf filling bottles

  • Mesopelagic copepod

  • Nighttime MOCNESS

  • CCE REUs tour the Marine Vertebrate Collection at SIO

  • UVP and Tristan

  • Sorting for copepod egg production

  • Copepod with newly laid eggs

  • CCE REUs tour the Pelagic Invertebrate Collection at SIO

  • Teacher workshop on CCE at the Birch Aquarium

  • Thetys (solitary salp)

  • Pelagic red crab

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.