Our program has its roots in the early 1980s when marine ecologists grew increasingly aware of the importance of context for understanding and managing marine ecosystems.
From 2005-2009, a core set of programs were funded by 5-year collaborative grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Since 2010, PISCO has been funded by a core grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation plus many other sources of additional funding from public and private sources.
PISCO was established in 1999 with major grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
With a focus on understanding the nearshore areas of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, our goals were:
-- long-term, large-scale interdisciplinary research,
-- new scientific discoveries,
-- useful information for society, and
-- unique opportunities to train students in interdisciplinary thinking.
Since 2010, PISCO has focused on applying its long-term research methods to emerging ecological and management questions and strengthening partnerships with public and non-profit organizations.
In light of issues such as climate change and ocean acidification, the value of PISCO’s integrated long-term data sets is only growing.
The following five years (2005-2009) saw a focus on integration across disciplines, development of data management systems, and increased applications of this work to policy and management questions.
Strong collaborative relationships developed during this period helped PISCO build partnerships for informing natural resource decision making.
From these conceptual roots, a long-term, large-scale, interdisciplinary marine research program was born.