New review paper highlights the many ways that kelp species promote and maintain coastal biodiversity

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

A recent review paper led by MBA researchers has provided the first global synthesis on the role of kelp species as habitat-forming organisms. The review demonstrates the many ways in which kelps offer biogenic structure and alter the environment for a vast array of associated flora and fauna, which promotes and maintains high biodiversity levels. The authors also examine current and predicted future threats to habitat-forming kelps and prioritise areas for further research needed to improve understanding of these critical marine habitats.

The Smale Group

The paper can be found here:

Teagle, H., Hawkins, S.J., Moore, P.J. and Smale, D.A. (2017) ‘The role of kelp species as biogenic habitat formers in coastal marine ecosystems’, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology , . doi: 10....

Call for applications for the Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology Workshop

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

CPW poster

The 34th Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology Workshop, hosted by the Marine Biological Association, provides intensive practical experience of a number of microelectrode, patch clamp and optical techniques applied to single cells. The Workshop is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral workers or established scientists wishing to apply these techniques in their research. To find out more and how to apply, please visit

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2017 .


All together now! ASSEMBLE+ will help coordinate European marine biological research

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

The MBA is a partner in The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), the primary infrastructure representing the major European marine biological laboratories. The EU has just announced that ASSEMBLE Plus, a major EU Horizon 2020 proposal coordinated by the EMBRC that addresses the INFRAIA call "Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities" and which is aimed at increasing access for researchers to marine biological laboratories, has been recommended for funding. The project has now entered its negotiation phase. The MBA will play a significant role in moving this initiative forward over the next 4 years.

ASSEMBLE+.JPG Assemble will improve the co-ordination between European marine biological research laboratories (blue circles) and their interaction with European infrastructures (e.g. EMBRC, CORBEL) and Networks (e.g. Euromarine).


PlyMSEF 2017 conference - a great opportunity for early career scientists

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

A great shot of the fantastic group of students, trustees and supervisors who attended #PlyMSEF2017

The Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation conference (PlyMSEF 2017) has been held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory on Thursday 9th February and was open to early career scientists with an interest in marine research. Masters students, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers were invited to contribute through oral or poster presentations.

The closed with presentation prizes and a wine reception to round up the event. Congratulations to Albert Pessarrodona, from the Smale lab at the MBA winning the top prize for best oral presentation and Sarah Nelms from Plymouth Marine Laboratory winning best poster presentation!

Updates from throughout the event can be viewed via Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #PlyMSEF2017 .

C4PKIgoWEAA8pbP.jpg Albert Pessarrodona receiving his prize

UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

28 February / 1 st March

British Embassy Berlin

Our understanding of the ocean and seas is still limited. But it is clear that this eco-system deeply affects our daily lives and human behaviour changes it. It is therefore important that knowledge and understanding about the ocean and the seas is not limited to experts but reaches a wide audience. The workshop will look at trends and ideas in science communication and education to discuss their relevance to the marine area. It will look at mass communication, citizen science and education, and explore how the EU consortium Sea Change is using the concept of Ocean Literacy to achieve a...

One Planet, One Ocean

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

Young Marine Biologists

Sea Change contributes to The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO initiative on One Planet, One Ocean ahead of the UN Ocean Conference.

See the excellent introduction video:

or download the brochure from the UNESCO Web site

The Ocean and You

MBA PhD student wins Manton Prize at the British Phycological Society Annual Meeting

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Charlotte Walker winner of Manton Prize
Congratulations to Charlotte Walker, MBA Spitfire PhD student for winning the prestigious Manton Prize for the best student oral presentation at the 2017 Winter Meeting of the British Phycological Society, held in Bangor, 11-13th January. Charlotte’s talk was entitled, ‘Plenty more coccolithophores in the sea; exploring calcification in different species’ and described her new findings on the physiological differences between different species of this important calcifying phytoplankton group. Drinks are on you, Charlotte!