Welcome to the April 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! You might be wondering why have we been so quiet with the YMB updates? Well, we have been busy working behind the scenes planning an exclusive event for you. We are delighted to announce that the first YMB Summit will take place on 28th October 2017 and we would like to see as many of you there as possible. This month’s Blog also brings you a flashback to the Marine Biologist for a Day event that took place last month, with a Member article by Jacob Clark and a selection of the best photos of the couple of days. We also thought of pointing you in the direction of some interesting opportunities we came across. I hope you will enjoy this month's reading.

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And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos with us. Sharing your photos, writing, art work comments or questions with us for use in future blog content and bulletins may earn you an exclusive MBA pin badge! (see picture) email to: ymb@mba.ac.uk or share with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

YMB SUMMIT 2017 - Save the Date!

You are invited to join us at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, on Saturday 28th October 2017 for the first edition of the YMB Summit. As well as providing you with the opportunity to experience what a career in marine biology might be like, at this 1-day event you will be able to share your experiences as a keen Young Marine Biologist with other like-minded members, get careers advice from marine biologists, and fuel your passion for marine biology to help you towards a successful marine biology career.

We want YOU to present at the event and there are many ways you can do this, for example, by giving a talk, a poster or a table top activity. Speak with your teacher, guardian and friends to brainstorm ideas of how you can start compiling your marine themed story with photos, research or hands-on activities to share with fellow members at the event. Alternatively, get in touch to discuss ideas. We really look forward to hearing from you!

Watch out for these emailed bulletin updates for more information regarding tickets and registration, which will follow, later in the Spring.

Please note, this is an exclusive event for YMB members aged 12-18. If you don't fall within this category, email ymb@mba.ac.uk. If we receive considerable interest from younger members, we will consider orgaising a seperate event.

Marine Biologist for a Day 2017 

Another very successful ‘Marine Biologist for a Day’ event for British Science Week last month, attracting keen students from across the country! Feedback was very positive as sessions were varied and provided real hands-on experience of what being a marine biologist is like. It was great to meet some of you! For those of you who were not able to join us, you might enjoy reading about how the day was like for fellow YMB member Jacob Clark.

As part of science week, I attended a “Marine Biologist for a Day” event on 17th March.  I heard about this fantastic opportunity through the YMB.

During the day, I participated in various activities from learning about plankton and kelp and its effect on marine life, to talking to a group of students who were currently tracking skates. 

I also got the opportunity to visit the MBA library where I learnt how past data was gathered and recorded.  This session was interesting as the group I was in was given a task to research what seahorses ate. We had to find the answer by a) looking at the books in library and b) researching the internet. We then had to compare the time it took to answer this question by the different research methods. Of course, searching via the internet was much faster, but it was great looking through the vast amount of old data that was kept in the library.

The final activity of the day was about DNA. We had to identify a type of algae that was killing marine fish. The first thing we did was to look at the different species of algae to see which one matched the algae that was killing the fish. To further confirm which algae was the killer we looked at the different DNA strands of each algae.  This was a complex session, but finding the results was exciting.

I really enjoyed my visit to the MBA and I’m pleased I had the opportunity to attend. The event was educational and fun. My favourite topic was learning more about kelp. This topic was interesting as I learnt more about how kelp adapts to its surroundings, how other marine life rely on it, along with the impact kelp has on maintaining the ecosystem – amazing! The day has also reinforced my determination to study marine biology at university, and I hope one day that I can be part of a great community which helps conserve and protect the marine environment.

By Jacob Clark, YMB

We have also uploaded some photos to our Facebook page here.

Invites and Competitions

We have come across a few opportunities that might be of interest to you. Continue reading to find out more...

Ocean Squad

Our friends at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, are looking for 12-15 year olds to join their Ocean Squad Teen Club. Their programme stretches over 10 weeks from 22nd April to 8th July, with weekly meetings packed with great adventures. There will be plenty of opportunities to work alongside marine scientists, cook and eat sustainable seafood, build a renewable energy generator, sail on a tall ship and more! More information here

BSAC Snorkel Instructor course at Wembury over the weekend of the 20th/21st May

As an MBA member, you are welcome to attend.

Cost is £165, which will include BSAC membership (and insurance) for one year, plus refreshments over the weekend.

Spaces are limited so please book via info@wemburymarinecentre.org or call 01752 862538.

Participants must be 16 or over, physically fit and competent to swim in the sea.

Science without Borders® Challenge

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Then, consider incorporating the Science without Borders® Challenge art contest into your curriculum. Be inspired by Disa, an art teacher in the Philippines, who did just that. Read about her experience using the Challenge to not only teach about science and art, but encourage them to take action by conserving their local fisheries.

Theme: “Reef SuperSpecies”

Prize: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $200

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Eligibility: 11-14 year olds and 15-19 year olds enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the homeschool equivalent.

More information about the contest here.

Open call to design a new logo for the World Register of Marine Species

2017 is the tenth anniversary year of WoRMS. One of the major actions planned for this year is a re-vamping of the WoRMS website. This will include a brand-new logo.

Since WoRMS is a community effort, we would like to call upon your ideas and inspiration for the creation of our new logo. As editors or as users of WoRMS, you have the greatest understanding of the content and concept of WoRMS – and we feel you are in the best position to be able to reflect this knowledge in a new (or renewed) logo.

Deadline: 1st June 2017

The selected logo will be communicated shortly after that. The designer of the chosen logo will receive a €500 award. For more information regarding criteria visit the WoRMS website here. You can send your creative ideas to info@marinespecies.org

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