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So, here we are at issue ten of The Marine Biologist magazine, proud to have published over 130 original, informative and inspiring articles spanning all aspects of the discipline, written by

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.
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.

Author:
Dr Andrew Davies
Category:
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?

Author:
Douglas McCauley, Erin Dillon, Francis Joyce, and Ashley Stroud.
Category:
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.

Author:
Jamal Ouazzani, Yehuda Benayahu and Ioannis Trougakos.
Category:
Biodiversity
technology
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. 

Author:
Amy Wright (arwrig@essex.ac.uk)
Category:
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.

Author:
John Spicer
Category:
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.
Author:
Kelvin Boot
Category:
Marine microbes
Portsmouth Students Sampling

Marine biology at the University of Portsmouth

With a maritime history dating back 500 years Portsmouth is described as ideal location to study Marine Biology. Human exploitation and damage of the local marine environment is a key theme within this degree with emphasis on how to restore and protect the varied ecosystems. The university boasts an impressive record of high impact research and exposes students to a multidisciplinary approach to the study of marine biology.

Author:
Gordon Watson
Category:
Careers in marine biology
killer whales 2

The killer whales of the North Atlantic

Our understanding of killer whale ecology and evolution has come a long way in the last 25 years, but, as Andrew Foote and colleagues explain, there are still many gaps in our knowledge.
Author:
Andrew Foote, Sanna Kuningas and Filipa I. P. Samarra
Category:
Megafauna
technology
Genetics and molecular research
Liverpool

One hundred and thirty five years of marine biology at the University of Liverpool

With a prominent maritime history and marine biology research pre-dating the 20th century, the University of Liverpool is proud to be the first UK institution to offer a degree in Marine Biology. Bryony Caswell explains the development of this course over the decades to reflect contemporary challenges. Following this is a student’s perspective which provides an in-situ experience of marine biology at the University of Liverpool.

Author:
Bryony Caswell
Category:
Careers in marine biology
Red sea fingers

England’s MPAs – towards a well-managed network

Representatives from Natural England and IFCA attempt to untangle the complexities of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the UK. Commitment, collaboration and clear regulations are needed to make a successful MPA, read on to discover who is involved and how MPA’s are managed.

Author:
Jen Ashworth and Leanne Stockdale
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy

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Submissions

We welcome submissions of articles about marine life. We will consider reviews of scientific literature, opinion pieces, letters, reviews of books, DVDs etc., poems, art and fiction. 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:

Articles should be original, concise and informative and should be much less formal in tone than a scientific paper. We ask authors to use straightforward and clear language, and to avoid jargon. At the same time we welcome depth and detail on science, techniques, taxonomy and so forth where it is appropriate.

A main article for The Marine Biologist magazine would be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length. Shorter pieces are also popular as they help vary the pace of the magazine, 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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