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PESI is an online taxonomic reference system that facilitates the integration and sharing of European biodiversity data

Posted October 06 2015

Handling big data efficiently is a huge challenge. The European species portal, PESI (Pan-European Species-directories Infrastructure) is an online taxonomic reference system that has standardisation and integration of taxonomic data across platforms at its core. PESI integrates the relevant technical (informatics) and social (knowledge & users) networks into a common work program, serving a wide community of biodiversity workers. […]

Climate change will affect how we protect the marine environment

Posted October 05 2015

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) launched its latest Report Card last week (30/09/15) at the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) annual science conference in Glasgow. It focuses on how climate change could affect the implementation of marine biodiversity legislation – and in particular legislation used to establish marine protected […]

The MBA at The European Phycological Congress

Posted September 29 2015

Declan Schroeder’s presentation at The European Phycological Congress was highlighted in The Molecular Ecologist blog. The book of abstracts from the Congress can be seen here. The blog is a forum for readers of and contributors to the journal Molecular Ecology to discuss the latest papers and trends in the field.

Are You Ocean Literate? – New Resources Launched to Raise Awareness of Links between Ocean and Human Health

Posted September 23 2015

Did you know that the ocean provides half of the oxygen we breathe – enough for every second breath we take? Or that the majority of marine litter is indestructible plastic which lasts virtually forever? Many European citizens are not aware of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. In other […]

Discover Salcombe’s hidden habitats in a race to record wildlife – the MBA’s seventh Annual BioBlitz!

Posted September 21 2015

People of all ages are being encouraged to take part in Salcombe’s first BioBlitz, a 24-hour wildlife survey to explore the woodland and coastline surrounding North Sands and to help scientists collect valuable species information. The BioBlitz, organised by The Marine Biological Association (MBA) in partnership with South Devon ANOB and Ambios, takes places on […]

MBA sent what is probably oldest message in a bottle ever found!

Posted August 25 2015

Mr Bidder’s Bottom Bottles A postcard returned to the Marine Biological Association in April may be the oldest message in a bottle ever found. The bottle was released into the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 as part of research carried out by George Parker Bidder. G. P. Bidder was MBA President from 1939-1945 and […]

Second phase of autonomous ocean research study receives funding

Posted July 31 2015

Academics and industry have been awarded funding to refine sea-sensing robot behavior. Following the successful completion of tests on the ability of autonomous vehicles to track tagged fish in real time, the Marine Biological Association (MBA), SeeByte and ASV have been awarded funding to carry out phase two of the Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks […]

Plymouth marine biologists awarded £3 million for studies of plankton ‘nerve impulses’

Posted July 31 2015

Two marine biologists working at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) laboratory in Plymouth have been awarded funds totalling almost £3million to study how tiny algae in the sea sense and respond to their environment using mechanisms that are very similar to sophisticated nerve activity in animals and humans. Their studies will also shed light on the […]

How will marine life cope with ocean acidification?

Posted July 28 2015

6th European Phycological Congress Tuesday, 25 August 2015 from 20:00 to 22:00 (BST) Novotel, Hammersmith The event is free to attend but tickets must be booked using the link below. Registrants to the conference do not need to book.

Scientists meet to halt shark and ray declines

Posted July 24 2015

On Monday, international experts will gather in Plymouth for the annual conference of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) hosted by the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and Plymouth University, to discuss ways of using new science and technology to help sustainably manage shark, skate and ray populations. Please read the […]

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