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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

The Marine Biologist magazine features articles drawn from the scientific literature, including the JMBA.

The origin of nervous systems

Pawel Burkhardt
Current research

Fish poo and the climate challenge

Angela Martin looks at the science behind the headlines
Angela Martin
Biogeochemical cycling
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.

Paul Greer
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.  

Tom Horton
Fishing and aquaculture
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.

Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley
climate change
Paul Rose, Sharks

Going for it: Paul Rose talks about opportunities, communication and pristine seas

Paul Rose is an explorer and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts. He is Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions and has just finished his second term as Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Marine Biologist caught up with him between expeditions.
Paul Rose
intertidal zone

Forecasting and communicating climate change impacts on marine systems

The long term nature of climate change generates challenges in communicating the related research. Lack of trust and over generalisations are discussed in this article by Nova Mieszkowska and Brian Helmuth, along with solutions to ease the communication barrier between scientists and non-scientists.

Nova Mieszkowska and Brian Helmuth.

The US gets serious on global ocean health

Phil Williamson and Carol Turley report from the “Our Ocean” conference hosted by John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in June.
Phil Williamson and Carol Turley

Evidence: the key to local marine conservation

The Intertidal Discovery project has completed the first ever baseline survey of intertidal habitats for conservation and public benefit along the coast of north Cornwall, England. Martin Goodall explains the background to this work.
Martin Goodall

Seeing in the dark: eye reduction and loss in deep-sea snails

Animals live in darkness all over the world. Whether they live in caves, burrows or the ocean abyss, they share many common features such as a lack of coloration and long, slender limbs and antennae. The loss of eyesight is one of the most profound and widely-reported of these. Over 150 years ago, this phenomenon was a source of frustration for Darwin, who could not understand any disadvantage to eyesight and decided the loss of eyes must be ‘attributed wholly to disuse’.

Lauren Sumner-Rooney


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


We welcome submissions of articles about marine life. Articles should be original and your own work. As a general guide we will ask:

  • is it new (or does it give a new slant on an existing subject)?
  • is it relevant?
  • is it accurate?
  • is it 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 shorter pieces are very welcome. We are also looking for opinion pieces and reviews.

Please include representative, colourful images or graphics to support the 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.


If you have ideas or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

The MBA Publications team

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