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.