What is PISCO?
The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans is a long-term research and monitoring program designed to understand the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. PISCO takes an integrated approach to studying the complex, economically important coastal ocean along the west coast of North America. Because PISCO findings are relevant to conservation and management, PISCO scientists actively share their results in public forums. Through student involvement in our research and outreach, PISCO helps train the next generation of scientists in interdisciplinary approaches to marine research and policy. Established in 1999 with funding from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, PISCO is led by scientists from Oregon State University (OSU); Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station; University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC); and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Core support plus additional funding from diverse public and private sources make this unique partnership possible.