Posted on Jan 26, 2017
In recently published research, MBA scientists surveyed kelp forests at 12 sites in four regions around the UK to quantify ecological structure at multiple spatial scales.
Subtidal forests of kelps and other canopy-forming macroalgae represent critically important marine habitats. Kelp forests exhibit high rates of primary productivity, magnified secondary productivity, support high levels of biodiversity and provide various ecosystem services. Despite their recognised importance, kelp forests around the UK have been largely understudied compared with many other regions.
The highlights from this research include:Kelp assemblages and populations varied considerably between sites within regions. Kelp assemblages and populations also varied along a latitudinal gradient in temperature. The structure of kelp forest habitat is predicted to respond to future ocean...
Posted on Jan 26, 2017
The sea surface microlayer (SML) is the boundary layer between the atmosphere and ocean, and even though it is less than one millimetre thick, it controls exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. The Cunliffe Group are collaborators in a multidisciplinary study dedicated to better understanding the sea surface microlayer and air-sea interactions and which link diverse scientific approaches including atmospheric deposition, aerosol chemistry, gas and heat exchange, sea surfaces as microbiological habitats, and the application of new technologies for in situ surveys.
Kimberley Bird, PhD Student with the Cunliffe Laboratory at the MBA recently took part in the Air to Sea cruise in the South Pacific to collect and filter seawater samples from the SML, underlying surface bulk water and water column for analysis back in Plymouth using a combination of traditional microbiology...
Posted on Jan 24, 2017
Posted on Jan 17, 2017
Hello and Happy New Year YMB Members! First of all, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Festive Season and are looking forward to the adventures and challenges ahead. This month’s Blog brings you the usual exciting marine biology news and a very interesting, and hopefully inspiring article from YMB member Stephen Cheung. A very big thank you to Stephen for sharing his story. Additionally, because Winter is in full swing, and it has been particularly cold in this corner of the world (Europe), the species highlight section is dedicated to the beautiful cold water coral Lophelia pertusa . Finally, we would like to invite you to join fellow MBA members at the upcoming Member-only Crab Watch Survey.
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Posted on Dec 23, 2016
The UK winner of an international competition to make a video about marine conservation visited us at the Citadel Hill laboratory.
As part of the EU Sea Change project people from all over Europe were invited to share their ideas about how to increase awareness of European citizens regarding the importance of the ocean for us and importance of our daily actions, for the ocean. People were asked to make a short video in which they presented their idea. Seven countries took part in the contest including the UK. The public voted on their favourite video with a winner from each country receiving a prize plus an overall European title.
The prize for the UK winner was a visit to the MBA’s internationally renowned laboratory on Plymouth Hoe. The UK entry that received the most votes was created by Allicia Fullerton from Budleigh Salterton with a video that focuses on the...
Posted on Dec 17, 2016
Season’s Greetings and welcome to the December YMB Blog! There are some very exciting marine biology headlines to report this month that we hope you will enjoy reading about. In the Member Article section, we hear from former YMB members Georgia, Caitlin and Alys who have now moved on to become Student members and have some inspiring stories to share with you. Additionally, the time has come to announce the winner of the first ever YMB Competition, and to wish you all a joyful Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.
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Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Hello and welcome to the November YMB Blog! We hope you were looking forward to this month’s updates? So for you, this month we have some very exciting marine biology news and yet another YMB Member Article. Additionally, we would like to invite you to the upcoming member-only event taking place in December and remind you that you are invited to enter the first ever YMB Competition. We have already received some very impressive Christmas card designs and are grateful to those of you who have entered the competition so far; the judges have a difficult task ahead.
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...