The predictability of oxygen and its metabolic consequences for fisheries on decadal time scales  (NOAA-CPO-MAPP)

Temperature and oxygen availability jointly limit marine habitat viability, and can be explained with the Metabolic Index (MI), a physiologically mechanistic framework that explicitly combines the synergistic influence for a given organism. The objectives are to (1) assess the spatiotemporal skill and uncertainty of decadal predictions of environmental variables relevant to fish metabolic processes, (2) produce decadal predictions of the MI for representative taxa in each of the US Large Marine Ecosystems, (3) quantify how MI predictions will influence potential fisheries catches.


Towards the prediction of fisheries on seasonal to multi-annual time scales (NOAA-CPO-MAPP)

Our objective is to more deeply examine the variability, uncertainty, and source of predictability of physical and biogeochemical drivers, and the sensitivity of fisheries to them. Analyses will use an ensemble of seasonal-to-decadal prediction experiments to (1) estimate the amount of fisheries production variance explained by different drivers, (2) assess the skill in the predictability of the most important drivers of fish variability, (3) examine the spatiotemporal variability in the predictability of fisheries.


Incorporating fish in Earth system predictions (NOAA-CPO-MAPP)

Our objective is to extend ESM predictions to include fish explicitly by coupling an existing Fisheries Size and Functional Type model (FEISTY) to the MOM6 ocean general circulation model, thereby enabling direct simulation and prediction of potential fish catch, fish distributions, and food web structure. We will (1) evaluate and understand the dependencies and interactions between the higher trophic levels in FEISTY and the lower trophic levels represented in the underlying ocean biogeochemistry model, (2) tune and optimize solutions with empirical datasets, (3) produce an analysis of global ocean-sea-ice hindcast integrations of MOM6 with biogeochemistry and fish.


NOAA MAPP Marine Ecosystems Task Force (NOAA-CPO-MAPP)

The goal of all MAPP task forces is to create larger scale initiatives, communities of practice, leadership opportunities, organization around a topic, and value-added knowledge. The topic of the funded projects within this task force is “Modeling Climate Impacts on Predictability of Fisheries and Other Living Marine Resources.” The co-leads of this task force specifically aim to write at least two peer-reviewed journal articles, one a review of prediction in relation to fisheries and the other a synthesis paper of task force research, and also a white paper on how the task force has moved prediction science forward over this 3-year period.


The Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (Fish-MIP)

The goal of Fish-MIP is to bring together disparate marine ecosystem models to help better understand and project the long-term impacts of climate change on fisheries and marine ecosystems, and to use our findings to help inform policy. There are more than 40 international marine ecosystem modelers in the network. Fish-MIP has produced 5 publications, and has 2 in prep. Petrik is one of the Earth-system model coordinators, one of co-coordinators of the global model simulations, and the main contact for the FEISTY model. Recent publications have been cited in the 6th Assessment Report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.


Tracking the entry and progression of San Pedro Basin barrel field pollutants through the California pelagic food web (Moore Foundation)

The recent rediscovery of a vast barrel field of DDT-laced sludge off the coast of southern California has captured the attention of the public, and raised concerns regarding impacts to economic, ecosystem and human health. Given that these barrels were dumped ~80 years ago, the mix of harmful compounds they contain have likely entered the ocean food web; however, the extent of toxin progression, impact and persistence remains unknown. Moreover, it is unclear if this barrel field continues to source toxins into the contemporary marine ecosystem. We propose to leverage SIO’s unparalleled biological collections from the California Current Ecosystem to reconstruct the scope and scale of toxin progression over the 70 years, and across the southern California coastal ocean. To do so, we will first use broad-spectrum mass spectrometry data to generate toxin “fingerprints” of the barrel field based on recently collected sediment samples. Subsequently, we will use these signatures as tracers, and through analysis of marine fish tissues sampled from SIO collections, will map the toxins across space and time. Finally, we will use these observations to develop and validate a novel bio-physical model of toxin transport in the marine environment that links physical ocean processes (advection and diffusion) with the biological processes of toxin transfer and biomagnification across trophic levels. Our efforts to quantify the penetration of toxins into marine food webs (or, importantly, lack thereof) will aid in efforts to restore and preserve the vitality of California’s marine resources. Furthermore, the uniquely detailed reconstruction of toxin progression in the ecosystem, and the associated process model of marine toxin fate and transport, will support a new generation of science aimed at understanding and mitigating biological impacts of anthropogenic emissions.


4-OCEANS: Human History of Marine Life: Extraction, Knowledge, Drivers and Consumption of Marine Resources, c.100 BCE to c.1860 CE (ERC Synergy)

4-OCEANS aims to assess the importance of marine life for human societies during the last two millennia. We contend that the harvest of marine resources played a critical, but as yet underappreciated and poorly understood, role in global history. To bridge this gap in our understanding, the four PIs will form an interdisciplinary team combining expertise in marine environmental history, climate history, natural history, geography, historical ecology and zooarchaeology. We will examine when and where marine exploitation was of significance to human society; how selected major socio-economic, cultural, and environmental forces variously constrained and enabled marine exploitation; and identify the consequences of marine resource exploitation for societal development. Through these objectives we will discover how marine resources as novel wealth altered societies throughout history. How might marine wealth have enabled some societies to escape food shortages? How did it trigger long-term socio-economic impacts and ecological consequences? How were marine resources valued, consumed, and energetically transformed? Revealing this history will open a new window on human-nature dynamics of profound importance for understanding developmental trajectories of human societies. 4-OCEANS will transcend the binary distinctions of East and West, global-north and global-south, indigenous and colonial, resource exploitation and wildlife conservation, nature and culture. In doing so, 4-OCEANS will uncover and chart historical trajectories towards sustainable and unsustainable food security and resource extraction, and identify their complex underlying drivers.


Zooplankton: the missing link in modeling the ocean carbon cycle (ARC)

What is arguably the biggest gap in our ability to close the ocean carbon cycle, and thus improve future forecasts of carbon sequestration and fisheries? The answer is our modeling of zooplankton, the most abundant animals on Earth. This project aims to build a next-generation ecosystem model that resolves zooplankton groups, their traits and key processes, generating novel insights into carbon sequestration and fisheries. Expected outcomes include new methods for zooplankton modeling, leading to a paradigm shift in how we model carbon cycling. This should provide significant benefits, including vastly improved estimates of carbon sequestration and fisheries production, vital for carbon budgets and food security in Australia and globally.