The Marine Biologist is the world’s leading magazine
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.
Articles from previous editions of the magazine are available to read.
Published twice a year in full colour, The Marine Biologist magazine is one of the benefits of membership of the Marine Biological Association. Find out more about joining the MBA.

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Issue 1

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

Marinexus: Our Shared Sea

Marinexus was a major European Interreg-funded project which looked at mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western English Channel. The Marinexus partnership included the Marine Biological Association, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, and the Station Biologique de Roscoff. In addition to the advances in research, the project strengthened cross-Channel links paving the way for future research and outreach collaborations.
Invasive non-native species
Guy Baker Profile

Editorial Issue 7

In 2014, humans ate more fish raised on farms than fish caught in the wild. This huge shift slipped past largely unnoticed but it has massive implications for ocean and human health. In this edition we are delighted to present as our leading article two contrasting views of the aquaculture debate led by high-profile researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Guy Baker

Editorial Issue 6

In April 2015, a postcard was returned to The Marine Biological Association that had been adrift in the North Sea for over 108 years. Last month we learned that the postcard is a new world record for a message in a bottle. You can find out more on page 4.

Guy Baker

Worms, glorious worms! The amazing polychaete diversity of Lizard Island

Way back in 2013, a group of polychaete workers descended on Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, and set up shop at the Lizard Island Research Station (a facility of the Australian Museum, Sydney) for a two-week field trip.

Pat Hutchings, Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, Sydney NSW
Guy Baker Profile

Editorial Issue 4

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.

Guy Baker

A blueprint for sustainable fisheries

Tom Pickerell describes Project Inshore, a collaborative venture between Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to develop roadmaps for sustainable management of all English inshore fisheries.
Tom Pickerell
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine policy

A new species of jellyfish from Southeast Asia

The discovery of new species of jellyfish or planktonic cnidarians is not a rare event even in recent years, as they are often found in the deep-sea or offshore waters where most of us, even scientists, are unable to access. However, it would be surprising if a large, conspicuous jellyfish, consumed by people was new to science. A new species of
jellyfish that has been commercially harvested for more than 20 years for human consumption was discovered recently in central Java, Indonesia.

Jun Nishikawa
Guy Baker Profile

Editorial Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of The Marine Biologist, a new magazine for the marine biological community, provided free to Marine Biological Association (MBA) members.
Guy Baker


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Everyone is fascinated by the sea

The Marine Biologist is a unique publication appealing to professionals and academics in environmental sciences, students (the marine professionals of the future), and young people. We aspire to be the quality, mass-audience magazine for the ocean.

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

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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. 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.


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

The MBA Publications team

Tel: 01752 426239