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Whether this finds you in an austral spring, a boreal autumn, or a tropical monsoon, we wish you a warm welcome to The Marine Biologist magazine. 

The 9th of January marked the beginning of a whole new experience, the day I became the Communications Assistant at the Marine Biological Association.

March is women’s history month and we thought it was appropriate to dedicate an article to women in marine science. It is not a secret that science (and related subjects) has had gender inequality right from the outset. But we should celebrate the successes and appreciate the efforts of those who have campaigned for equality over the past century.

Phil Williamson responds to “Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism” by James Delingpole, published in The Spectator 30 April 2016

Inside the squid giant axon

Summer 2014 marked the 75th anniversary of a ground-breaking experiment undertaken at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association by Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley that helped launch a golden era of neurobiology.

Author:
Professor David Sims
Category:
Model organism

Secretive sharks of the open ocean

Blue stretched down as far as could be seen, illuminated by shifting shafts of down-welling light. Gazing down through this drop in the ocean I’d expected to see something, but nothing moved across the void, nor had it for hours. A container ship, like a skyscraper on its side, churned past us a few miles away. Then from the deep a shape glanced across the corner of my eye, there and not there at the same time. Coming back into view, a sleek, torpedo shape with a sinuous movement, well camouflaged against the inky backdrop: it was a large blue shark.

Author:
David Sims
Category:
Megafauna

Could studying marine biology at Hull be a gateway to your future?

Our series of articles on degree courses in marine biology aims to help you choose the right course in the right place. In this edition the spotlight turns to Hull in East Yorkshire, England. By Sue Hull.
Author:
Dr Sue Hull
Category:
Careers in marine biology
Exploring the shore at Porthleven after the spill

The 50th Anniversary of an environmental disaster

Eve Southward recounts the MBA's response to the Torrey Canyon oil spill.

Author:
Eve Southward
Category:
Pollution

Evolution of the pelagic ecosystem: a history written in tiny teeth

Author:
Elizabeth Sibert
Category:
Megafauna
Ecosystem
Evolution

The origin of nervous systems

Author:
Pawel Burkhardt
Category:
Evolution
Model organism

Fish poo and the climate challenge

Angela Martin looks at the science behind the headlines
Author:
Angela Martin
Category:
Megafauna
Biogeochemical cycling
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine policy
d smale

A career in marine biology

Marine biology is the study of all aspects of life in the sea and the environment on which it depends. The main aims are to improve our understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances.

Author:
Paul Greer
Category:
Careers in marine biology
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Moving sushi

Following the dramatic appearance of a large bluefin tuna shoal off the coast of Cornwall,UK, this article summarises the history of bluefin fisheries and discusses possible reasons for this unusual occurrence.  

Author:
Tom Horton
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Megafauna
Silvia Earle submersible record

Planet earth's blue heart

Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley provide insights into the problems our blue planet faces, and offer big ideas about what we can do to help.

Author:
Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
technology

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The MBA Publications team

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Submissions

We welcome relevant articles, opinion pieces and reviews. See the submissions tab for further information.

Submissions

We welcome submissions of articles about marine life. Articles should be original and your own work. We are most excited about articles that are:

  • new (or that have a new take on an existing subject)
  • relevant to current ocean issues
  • accurate and well written

Guidelines for contributors:

We want to engage the whole marine biological community and we welcome ideas for articles. We will consider reviews of scientific literature, opinion pieces, letters, reviews of books, DVDs etc., poems, art and fiction. Articles can be much less formal in tone than a scientific paper, but should be original, concise and informative. In general we ask authors to use straightforward and clear language, and to avoid jargon.

A main article for The Marine Biologist magazine would be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length, but we think readers enjoy shorter pieces and these are very welcome.

Representative, colourful images or graphics will always support a story. You will need to own the copyright of images you submit, or have written permission from the copyright owner to use them in the context of a magazine that will be widely distributed.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for articles.

If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact the Editor.

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The MBA Publications team

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editor@mba.ac.uk