I hope edition 4 of The Marine Biologist will prove to be the most accessible yet. The content is varied, with articles from MBA members, scientists and a wildlife photographer, and the magazine is improving through contributions and feedback from members. I hope you like the new silk finish which should lift and lighten the fantastic images.

So, dive in to articles on marine mammal research (did you know that the global population trend of the bottlenose dolphin is unknown?), and on climate change, seaweed cultivation and ghost fishing. What is marine biology without people? Up-and-coming wildlife photographer Christine Shepard shows how researchers can use human resources to lift the profile of their research, and Paul Rose’s infectious energy comes off the page in our exclusive interview.

There is growing interest in MBA membership among students and young people. MBA membership is a means of getting support for travel and study, but joining the marine biological community is also a positive step towards starting a professional network. The new Young Marine Biologist category has been very enthusiastically received; more on that in the next issue.

We have been including updates on research into plastic in the ocean in the ‘In brief ’ section of the magazine. The most comprehensive study to date estimates there are a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles of plastic in the world ocean weighing 268,940 tons, and the authors point out that this is a highly conservative estimate. It is likely that every bit of plastic ever made still exists. This has implications for ‘peak plastic’ and the ideas and innovations that will surface to tackle this global problem.

Do you have an opinion about the future direction of The Marine Biologist? Would you like to write a short article for the magazine, or even a blog for the website? Have you taken a great picture of marine life or of people interacting with the marine environment? As always, feel free to contact me.

Finally, I would like to say a big “Thank you!” to all the contributors.

Author

Guy Baker