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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

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.

Author:
Nova Mieszkowska and Brian Helmuth.
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Ecology
Habitat protection and loss

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.
Author:
Phil Williamson and Carol Turley
Category:
Marine policy
Fishing & aquaculture
Pollution
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine Protected Area

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.
Author:
Martin Goodall
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
technology

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’.

Author:
Lauren Sumner-Rooney
Category:
Evolution

Not all algae who wander are lost

Erik Sotka and Stacy Krueger-Hadfield describe an unusually successful invasion—and a novel partnership.
Author:
Erik Sotka and Stacy Krueger-Hadfield
Category:
Invasive non-native species
Genetics and molecular research
Biodiversity

Losers and winners in a high CO2 world

Juliet Brodie, Chris Williamson and Jason Hall-Spencer assess the future of northeast Atlantic seaweeds and seagrasses
Author:
Juliet Brodie, Chris Williamson and Jason Hall-Spencer
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Habitat protection and loss

A new chapter in a remarkable history

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has been a leading force in biological discovery and research training since its founding in 1888. During the summer of 2013 the laboratory celebrated its 125th anniversary and began writing a new chapter in its remarkable history with the announcement of an exciting affiliation with the internationally renowned University of Chicago.

Author:
Pamela Clapp Hinkle
Category:
history
Model organism

A traditional fishery enters ‘a new era'

Native oysters Ostrea edulis are fished in the Fal estuary in Cornwall, south west England using only traditional sailing and rowing vessels. In December I accompanied Richard Clapham on board the Falmouth working boat HollyAnne to see this fishery first-hand.

Author:
Guy Baker
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Invasive non-native species
Marine policy

His world is oysters

Clive Askew reflects on a career in commercial bivalve aquaculture
Author:
Clive Askew
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture

Has marine conservation in Wales lost its way?

Blaise Bullimore has been involved in monitoring the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve since 1977. He charts the progress of marine nature conservation in Wales.
Author:
Blaise Bullimore
Category:
Citizen science
Habitat protection and loss
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine Protected Area

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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.

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