Conceptual Roots, III

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:00 -- admin

Not only are marine communities connected across vast distances by larval dispersal, they are profoundly influenced by decade-scale climate cycles.


To understand how diverse marine ecosystems are maintained—and to help managers ensure their persistence—ecologists needed to understand:

-- how marine communities are structured and replenished, and

-- ecosystem responses to climate cycles such as Pacific Decadal Oscillation and the El Nino Southern Oscillation.

Funding, I

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:48 -- admin

Our activities are funded through diverse collaborative grants from public and private sources, which make the unique, multi-institutional partnership possible.

Resulting Program, I

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:29 -- admin

Since 1999, PISCO has refined its interdisciplinary research program to integrate oceanography, marine ecology, molecular physiology, biomechanics, and genetics.


The initial years of PISCO (1999-2004) were a test-bed for developing standard methods of measurement along the west coast and instituting the science, engagement, and outreach necessary to lay the groundwork for PISCO achievements.

Long-term information powerful for both science and policy

Long-term ecological information is hard to come by – it requires initial investments of time, energy, and money to get projects off the ground; a dedicated, knowledgeable, and well-trained staff who collect data regularly and accurately; and a sustained funding source to ensure that data collection persists over time.

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