Uncovering hidden forests: the beauty and importance of kelp forests 

Posted on Jun 9, 2017

Kelp forest research

Kelp forests are vital for coastal marine life and valuable to people in many ways. A new film highlights the importance of kelp and introduces an MBA-led project that aims to better understand the biodiversity and productivity of European kelp forests.


See the film and find out more about Dr Dan Smale's research

Plastics in the marine environment

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

Great infographic on plastics in the marine environment now available to download at Sea Change Web site. Also available in multiple languages.

May 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on May 26, 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! We are still busy working behind the scenes planning the exclusive YMB Summit event for you, which will take place on 28th October 2017. So this month’s Blog brings you some brief marine biology news, a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell and some interesting opportunities for you. 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 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 Facebook , Twitter or Instagram

Marine Biology News


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Plymouth celebrates World Ocean Day, Thursday June 8th

Posted on May 24, 2017

Beach Rangers

World Ocean Day is a global event to raise awareness of the wonder and importance of the ocean. The Marine Biological Association will be working with partners locally, nationally and internationally to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8 th with events and exhibitions for all ages

Rocky shore survey with CoCoast , at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach) low tide, for CoCoast volunteers and the public. To join please register here . Crab watch and 'beach desk', at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach), from 4.30 am - 6.30 pm, open to the public. A tour of the MBA's research facilities followed by a workshop on Ocean Literacy at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory, for the NMA’s Marine Science Club. For more information see the Europe-wide Sea Change project Plankton workshop, Mount Batten Centre, an evening event, for young people on a residential course.

The MBA’s Jon Parr said “...

MBA Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Posted on May 11, 2017

Southern right whale

Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Weekend 24 June - 25 June 2017 @The Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth .

Whales and dolphins have an astonishing variety of behaviors and adaptations to survive and thrive in the marine environment. This course is made up of a series of talks over two days ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behaviour and adaptations, to the history of whaling and current conservation problems for these animals.

Course tutor Dr Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects on every continent. He has published over 140 scientific papers, book chapters and reports and has written a book on marine mammal biology & conservation, which accompanies the course.

This promises to be a...

The European Marine Board sets out its position on Citizen Science

Posted on May 10, 2017

Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

European Marine Board Press Release

18/05/2017 – Poole, United Kingdom

Sea for yourself! With our coasts and ocean changing faster than ever before, Citizen Scientists will play a huge role in helping science to protect them.

Read the EMB Press release

EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf .


Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

Sir Geoffrey Holland, 9 May 1938 – 20 April 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017

Sir Geoffrey Holland portrait
Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB

We are sad to pass on the news that Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB, President of the MBA from 2009 – 2014, died peacefully on 20th April 2017, following a short illness. Sir Geoffrey was always passionate in his role in promoting the Association and we are grateful for his oversight of the MBA at such a significant time (he was President at the time the MBA became incorporated by Royal Charter).


Sir Geoffrey Holland was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994 to 2002. His major achievements while at the University include overseeing the establishment of the School of Business and Economics and the Peninsula Medical School (the first new medical school in the country for 30 years) and playing a leading part in establishment the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Sir Geoffrey has had a distinguished career at the...