PISCO Science for an Informed Society 2016

Award Period: 

Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Saturday, March 31, 2018

Award Amount: 

$546 982

Agency Name: 

Oregon State University

Award Number: 


PI First Name: 


PI last name: 



Jennifer Caselle
Libe Washburn
Steve Gaines
Robert Warner

MSI Person: 

Area/s of Research: 


The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) requests funds for Year 1 of a 5-Year phase project (2015-2019) to:

·       employ our unique set of long-term time series to advance society’s understanding of ecosystem change and the consequences, and

·       apply this new ecosystem knowledge to policy and management of nearshore resources (e.g., fisheries, adaptive management of marine protected areas), and effects of changing climate.


Established in 1999, PISCO is a consortium of scientists located at Oregon State University, Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of California Santa Barbara. Over the years, PISCO has refined and expanded its research program to add expertise and engage collaborators in specific projects. We will capitalize on the trusted relationships that we have built with colleagues in boundary organizations, state and federal agencies, and other academic centers to develop collaborations and partnerships that advance visions of (1) sustaining interdisciplinary, ecosystem science efforts that inform management and policy and (2) combining different but complementary organizational perspectives and approaches to address environmental problems in unique and innovative ways.


This renewal request is organized in two major sections:


Request for 2015 activities (this document):  We aim to continue developing PISCO’s ecosystem time series that provide uniquely valuable perspectives on climate change, sustainable ocean resources, and ecosystem‐based management.  Our objectives are:


1. Time series advance new understanding about coastal marine ecosystems of the CCLME and inform multiple conservation actions.PISCO ecosystem time series has multiple applications for conservation science and policy, and has been important for leveraging new awards. Due to regional differences in development of time series and leveraging opportunities for co-funding, not all time series activities span this entire temporal or geographic range. But, when combined coast-wide, they provide comprehensive insights into how the CCLME functions. In 2015, we will continue some time series efforts in the intertidal and subtidal, contribute to the development of genomic-based survey methods, and develop products that employ our long-term datasets to gain new insight into ecosystem dynamics and communicate our findings. 


2. Apply insights from PISCO time series to key questions for MPA management, nearshore fisheries, and climate change policy.We will apply PISCO ecosystem approaches to key questions relevant for (a) adaptive management of marine protected areas, (b) nearshore fisheries, and (c) climate change. Cornerstones of our MPA and fisheries work will be select exploratory projects that we develop and initiate in 2015 with partners in academia, management, and policy to evaluate feasibility of longer-term and more formal academic-agency partnerships.  Besides research and analysis, our climate change work will consist of continued engagement with policy advising processes, product development, and convening scientific exchanges with other research groups about ecosystem impacts along the West Coast.  In 2015, we will also meet periodically with DLPF’s West Coast team to ensure that our activities are coordinated with DLPF and partner activities. These activities will determine the path and projects that we pursue in the remainder of this 5-year phase of PISCO.