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dedicated to the discipline of marine biology.

We aim to bring readers the latest in research, communication and education, with contributions from leading names in the field.
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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.

From equator to ice; environmental science in the south Atlantic

Drs Deborah Davidson and Paul Brickle describe a new research institute that oversees marine biodiversity and environmental management
Dr Deborah Davidson and Dr Paul Brickle
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy

Power from the sea: stepping stones for non-native species?

Renewable energy is a growing industry whose viability is increasing as the unsustainability and environmental pressures of conventional energy generation become more apparent. In the UK a large proportion of the future renewable energy production is planned to be generated in the marine environment from offshore wind, wave and tidal stream energy farms. At present there are a number of offshore wind farms already operational and some experimental wave and tidal stream devices are being tested; currently over 90 marine energy farms are planned or already installed.

Chris Nall ( is a PhD Student at the Environment Research Institute.
Invasive non-native species

Onwards and upwards for Marine Biology

MBA Deputy Director Matt Frost on what the award of the Royal Charter means for the Association
Matt Frost
Hugh Miller

Working under the ice

Hugh Miller is a marine biologist and cameraman with the BBC’s Natural History Film Unit. In this interview he describes the experience of filming beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Hugh Miller
Bangor Students Fieldwork

Studying at Bangor: marine biology for life’s explorers

Dr Andrew Davies appeals to budding marine biology students with this article on studying at Bangor University. From ocean-going vessels to local habitats this well connected university prides itself on its inter and multi-disciplinary approach to its teaching where students cover a wide range of skills, proving successful with its high student satisfaction rating.

Dr Andrew Davies
Careers in marine biology
Amberjack farm

Two views on a revolution in aquaculture

Two conflicting accounts discuss the impacts of ocean farming versus wild fisheries. As a growing human population increases the demand for protein what costs are there to the marine environment?

Douglas McCauley, Erin Dillon, Francis Joyce, and Ashley Stroud.
Fishing & aquaculture
Red Sea

Seeking the fountain of youth in the twilight zone

Recent technological advances have led to a dizzying diversity of research possibilities, one of which is anti-ageing exploration. This article describes the process of extraction, discovery and testing of anti-ageing compounds from invertebrates found in the mesophotic zone.

Jamal Ouazzani, Yehuda Benayahu and Ioannis Trougakos.
Pharmaceutical applications
Amy Wright MBA conference

Things I wish I’d known as an undergraduate

Amy wright walks you through useful hints and tips for students attempting to break into marine biology, from volunteering, networking and the benefits of developing a wide range of experience. 

Amy Wright (
Careers in marine biology
Plymouth Sound

Plymouth – a hub of activity for the study of marine life

John Spicer invites students to become a part of one of the greatest concentrations of marine scientists in Europe by studying at Plymouth University. Although fantastic facilities are present there his emphasis is on the quality of scientists and their wealth of knowledge of the marine environment. With a 97% satisfaction rate over 3 flavours of marine biology degrees he encourages open day student participation to witness this for themselves.

John Spicer
Careers in marine biology
Phoronid larvae

Ten years in the making: a comprehensive guide to the marine zooplankton of southern Britain

Dr Dave Conway has spent a lifetime studying zooplankton and over the last ten years has been bringing together identification information from hundreds of original sources into a single resource for anyone with an interest in the zooplankton of north European seas. Kelvin Boot spoke to Dave Conway to find out what lay behind the compilation of the guide to marine zooplankton of southern Britain.
Kelvin Boot
Marine microbes


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