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Lev Lonney will be presenting research findings at the Ocean Visions 2019 Climate Summit that is being held at Georgia Tech. Lev is currently a senior, and he has been working in our group since his freshman year. This is the first conference associated with Georgia Tech's new Program in Ocean Science and Engineering. Other partners with Georgia Tech for this conference include the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions and Woods Institute for the Environment, and the Scripps Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.

Lauren Cook will be presenting work on community responses to external forcing and on ocean eddies at the ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, PR, USA that will run from 23 February to 2 March 2019.

Education: ICTP-CLIVAR EBUS summer school

Ryan is an organizer for a summer school for graduate students and postdocs at the International Center for Theoretical Physics on Oceanic Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems. The session will take place 15-21 July 2019 in Trieste, Italy and will focus on coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics in upwelling systems, their biogeochemical and ecological processes, and their sensitivity to climate variability and change. Afternoons will be devoted to practical sessions involving the use of circulation models, analyses of relevant data sets, and discussion of current research. The summer school is co-organized by ICTP and CLIVAR, with co-sponsorship from IOC-UNESCO. A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. Applications should be submitted online no later than 15 April 2019. For more details, please visit the ICTP or the CLIVAR Website.

Want to learn more about the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina? Click here to see how you can begin your career as a marine scientist.

Information regarding the application process to the Graduate Program in Marine Sciences at USC can be found here. You are also encouraged to contact Ryan by mail with a letter about your research interests.


If you are interested in exploring the output of atmosphere-ocean general circulation models and earth system models, the PCMDI database hosted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a valuable resource for looking at the output of various simulations.

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory hosts links to a number of climate datasets. We enjoy making mesmerizing plots of climate variables and contemplating ecosystem dynamics. The animation below was created using COBE-SST temperatures. The making of this animation was motivated by a desire to view the current SST anomalies of the Eastern North Pacific (i.e., the warm blob) in a long-term perspective. Note that the datasets used to derive the ONI, PDO, and NPGO are not identical (to each other or to COBE-SST). No long-term trend in temperature anomaly has been removed from the data animated, and so the recent warm anomaly is likely due to a combination of anthropogenic warming and natural variability.

Given the increased vertical stratification and lower rates of nutrient supply, primary production, and secondary production associated with past warm anomalies in the Northeast Pacific, we would expect extremely poor conditions for top predators in the next couple years (e.g., seabirds and mammals in 2015 and 2016 and salmon for ocean-entry years of 2014 and 2015; Bill Peterson pioneered use of such data to generate salmon forecasts at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center) and increased occurrence of harmful algal blooms. What remains to be seen is how the impacts of this warm anomaly (which was not preceded by an El Niño event) differ from warm events of the past (which have typically been triggered by El Niño). The NOAA NCEI website allows user manipulation of such temperature anomaly animations.

The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Program is arguably the most iconic ocean time series observational effort. The program is supported by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additionally, the California Current Ecosystem Long-term Ecological Research Program provides data and a platform to consider specific ecological processes in the region. Both the CalCOFI data and the data compiled by the CCE-LTER are excellent resources for those of us examining the ecosystem oceanography of the Northeast Pacific.

The Environmental Research Division's Data Access Program (ERDDAP) is an invaluable resource for easy access to environmental data, particularly for the California Current and the CalCOFI dataset.


Isaac Held at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory maintains an excellent blog which provides a "forum for discussion of climate dynamics, with an emphasis, but not an exclusive focus, on climate change."

Brendan Turley, a PhD candidate in the lab group, answers some questions from the media about recent humpback whale sightings off our Carolina coastline in this local news clip.

To learn more about local fisheries in the South Carolina region (and surrounding states), visit NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Website.

Curious about zooplankton? This great website contains photos of plankton commonly found off the coast of South Carolina. One of the authors of the book containing these photos is USC's very own Dr. Dennis Allen!

The Fisheries Science group at UW maintains at least a couple interesting webpages on fisheries science. For controversies in fisheries science, see CFOOD-UW. If you are particularly interested in fisheries-science or fisheries-biology manuscripts with high citation counts, Trevor Branch has assembled an interesting webpage. It would be great to compile a similar page for the field of fisheries oceanography.


Bongos at Sunset Splitting Zooplankton CTD Rosette