Data from citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity is linked to sea temperature.

Posted on May 1, 2017

A diverse Caribbean coral reef. Credit: Photo by Daryl Duda

Data from marine citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity patterns across the Caribbean are linked to sea temperature.

A study published today in the Journal of Biogeography has utilised the power of the people in the form of “citizen science” to produce a new map of marine fish biodiversity across the Caribbean and tropical western Atlantic.

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A marine citizen scientist collecting data for the REEF fish survey project. Credit Jeffrey D Haines.

The work, performed by scientists from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate in Denmark and the Marine Biological Association, studied a huge data base collected by volunteer SCUBA diving enthusiasts to produce the map and find that fish biodiversity is strongly linked to sea temperatures. However, results also show that while fish biodiversity is...

Beach Rangers 2017 needs your support

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Beach Rangers

The COOP have us listed as one of their Local Community Funds. If you have a COOP members card 1% of your shopping can go to support the work of Beach rangers this summer. All you need to do it follow the link below and pledge your backing to Beach Rangers.

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April 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on Apr 13, 2017

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.

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...

International recognition for MBA researcher

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

The ascidian Ciona intestinalis.

Dr Atsuko Sato has been awarded the Commendation for Science and Technology (The Young Scientists' Prize) in Japan, for her work on pterobranchs (Atsuko’s PhD was supervised by Prof. Peter Holland (Oxford), who has long been on MBA Council) and the ascidian Ciona intestinalis in Plymouth over the past decade. Dr Sato would like to thank all the members and staff at the MBA for their long-term generous support for her work, particularly John Bishop, Christine Wood, Colin Brownlee, David Sims and the crew of MBA Sepia .

Dr Sato is set to rejoin the staff at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory this summer after being awarded a Ray Lankester Fellowship to further pursue her studies on the ascidian Ciona intestinalis .

CrabWatch for all!

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

Crabby Crafts

On the 4th and 5th of April 2017, the MBA education team was at the National Marine Aquarium's Sea the Difference event in Plymouth. Together with families and other local environmental organisations, we celebrated our amazing local coasts. With the soon to be launched Crab Watch in mind, a European funded Sea Change citizen science initiative, the couple of days were filled with crabby crafts and awareness raising of the spread and potential impact of non-native crab species. Well-designed, citizen science initiatives are a very strong tool to engage with the public and share information in a multidirectional way. In this Sea Change task, European citizens will be challenged to make an inventory of beach crabs by carrying out standardised protocols and engage in a most enjoyable and scientifically sound “CrabWatch”!

For updates on CrabWatch, check #CrabWatch on Twitter!

A new marine species discovered in the Western English Channel

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Amblyosyllis formosa

A report from a Swedish-British expedition to the Marine Biological Association

At the end of March colleagues from The Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg (Arne Nygren), Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Gothenburg University (Fredrik Pleijel), and the National Museum Wales (Andy Mackie and Katie Mortimer-Jones), arrived at the laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth for a one-week trip to collect marine bristleworms. The MBA is an ideal place for marine biologists with our interests to visit. The lab is well suited for our purposes and a very rich marine fauna can be found only a 15 minute boat trip away.

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Monday was spent on the laboratory's research vessel RV Sepia sampling several localities and hunting for polychaete worms of different kinds. Back in the lab...

The first Sea-Shore Safari of the year at Mount Edgcumbe!

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

On the 30 th of March 2017, the education team and volunteers spent the day engaging primary school children from St Andrew’s Primary School, Plymouth on the shore at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. The first sea-shore safari of the year included surveys for the European funded Sea Change initiative Crab Watch. As well as a crab survey and crab-related crafts and games, eagle eyed pupils also recorded sightings of the invasive wakame ( Undaria pinnatifida) and the club seasquirt ( Styela clava ).