PISCO is a consortium of four universities along the U.S. West Coast. Scientists at all four campuses jointly develop and conduct the research, education, database, and policy and outreach programs, while each campus also contributes its own specialties and areas of emphasis. All programs work collaboratively to conduct science that advances our understanding of the coastal and ocean ecosystem and is relevant to societal questions about how ecosystems may respond to changing climate and human uses. For more information about a particular campus program, contact us.
PISCO scientists at OSU conduct research in nearshore oceanography, hypoxia, ecological interactions, physiology, population replenishment (recruitment), and the diversity and structure of ecological communities.A course in marine conservation is offered. Academic units participating in PISCO-OSU are: Department of Zoology, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), and Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC). PISCO-OSU is a data management node in the consortium’s database system. Many of PISCO’s central administrative activities are headquartered at OSU. oregonstate.edu
PISCO scientists at UCSC conduct research in nearshore oceanography, ecological interactions, population replenishment (recruitment), population genetics, and the diversity and structure of ecological communities. PISCO-UCSC is a data management node in the consortium’s database system. The rocky shores biodiversity and central-northern California kelp forest monitoring programs are based at UCSC. Participating academic units are Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Ocean health, (Long Marine Laboratory). www.ucsc.edu
PISCO scientists at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station (HMS) specialize in population genetics, ecological physiology, and biomechanics. Summer training courses are also offered at HMS. PISCO participates in the Marine Life Observatory that is centered at HMS. www.stanford.edu
PISCO scientists at UCSB study nearshore oceanography, ecological interactions, population replenishment (recruitment) and diversity and structure of ecological communities.Many of PISCO’s technology and data management activities are based at UCSB, in close collaboration with nodes at other campuses. Participating academic units are Marine Science Institute, Ocean o’ Graphics, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, and Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS) www.ucsb.edu