Professor Willie Wilson has been appointed as the new Director of the Marine Biological Association.
Building on his success as Director of the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in the US, then Director of SAHFOS home of the CPR Survey, Prof Wilson has been appointed as Director of MBA. His vision is to ensure the MBA is one of the most widely recognised and respected marine biology organisations in the world.
Prof Wilson describes himself as a “virus evangelist”. His research focuses on the diverse roles of marine viruses including algal viruses, giant viruses, coral viruses, persistent virus infections, and the paradox of how viruses are necessary for life.
The appointment happens at a particularly exciting time in our long and illustrious history, as we join forces with The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey.
Prof Wilson said: “Together we represent a truly international constituency of marine scientists and a centre of independent, outward-looking research. This new chapter in our eminent history is about reigniting our founders’ spirits of discovery to ensure the new MBA is seen as one of the most widely recognised and respected marine biology organisations in the world.”
For more information about Prof Wilson and his aspirations for the MBA, see the Director's Welcome.
New MBA Director Prof Willie Wilson makes his acceptance speech.
Prof Wilson is seen accepting the overcoat belonging to Stanley Kemp (MBA Director 1936 - 1945) who lived on site at Citadel Hill in 1941 during the blitz. The MBA was hit by incendiary bombs on the night of 20 March and Kemp was on hand to put out the fire. His coat, passed from Director to Director, bears the marks of molten lead that fell from the roof.
Professor Willie Wilson takes over from interim Director Dr Matt Frost as the new Director of the Marine Biological Association.