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Community outreach on Westward Ho! beach

Posted June 26 2015

At Westward Ho! beach the MBA education team ran a drop-in Beach Rangers event on behalf of Westward Housing.  Beach Rangers aims to encourage people of all ages to engage with our fascinating shore and coastline through marine themed activities and games! Thankfully, we were blessed with some great weather which ensured a high number […]

The ‘Amazing World of Algae’ at Clovelly Seaweed Festival

Posted June 25 2015

The MBA education team were invited to attend the beautiful Clovelly Village​ for their annual seaweed festival. The team displayed the ‘Amazing World of Algae’ to seaweed enthusiasts of all ages. As well as a fine display of many different species of seaweed, the team demonstrated the polymerization of algenate extracted from seaweed to show onlookers […]

The MBA education team at the National Trust’s Brownsea Island Bioblitz

Posted June 24 2015

The season of BioBlitzes has started and the MBA education team kicked off its series of surveys on the beautiful Brownsea Island. The team were joined from experts from around the UK such as the Marine Conservation Society, Bournemouth University and Devon Wildlife Trust to find and record as many different species in a 24 hour […]

Bringing About a Sea Change to Protect Our Oceans and Our Health

Posted June 23 2015

Sea Change, a new €3.5 million EU Horizon 2020-funded project, will address the challenge of raising European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between the ocean and human health. Europe cannot achieve sustainable exploitation of marine resources and maintain a healthy ocean unless its citizens understand the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political […]

South West Jellyfish – Dr Keith Hiscock

Posted June 19 2015

The blooms and mass strandings of barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo) have turned-out to be of great interest to the press and to the general public – but perhaps for the wrong reasons! Whilst barrel jellyfish are benign (they are very unlikely to sting all but very sensitive individuals) it is blooms of  other species that […]

£1.7m National Lottery grant to protect UK’s threatened marine life

Posted June 15 2015

Thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ to be trained to monitor and protect marine life around the UK’s coastline The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £1.7million to “Capturing our Coast”, a project designed to explore how the marine environment is responding to global climate change. The project will train over 3,000 volunteers – making it the […]

ERC Advanced Grant success for MBA scientist

Posted June 15 2015

Professor Colin Brownlee has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for studies into the fundamental cell biology of marine phytoplankton.  This award of €2.7 M over 5 years will enable new approaches for the study of single cells to be applied to laboratory and natural populations of key phytoplankton species, particularly […]

Free event – IMarEST host an evening lecture and book launch

Posted June 15 2015

The IMarEST is launching a new book entitled “Coral Reefs – A Handbook For Their Future” on behalf of the Biosphere Foundation. Written by Orla Doherty (Director of Biosphere Foundation), provides an easy-to-read review of coral reef biology and ecology from the eyes of her work as a young explorer/scientist with the Biosphere Foundation’s ‘Planetary Coral Reef Expedition’ to map and monitor 41 coral reefs around the world from 1995 to […]

Get ready for an exciting weekend of events with the MBA

Posted June 10 2015

The MBA Education team are spread about Devon and Dorset this weekend (12th -14th June 2015) so please come and help us explore and learn about the ocean. We’ll be joining the Kayak Fishing Competition in Plymouth where we will be helping to identify the day’s catch, helping to run a free family fun day […]

NERC Advanced Training – open for applications

Posted June 09 2015

Taxonomic Skills and Field Techniques for Rocky Intertidal Ecology Date: 2nd – 6th August 2015 Venue: The Marine Biological Association of the UK, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB  A five day, fully funded residential field course based at The Marine Biological Association of the UK laboratory in Plymouth is being run to provide postgraduate level […]

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