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Robot fleet observes marine life in the open ocean

Posted October 06 2014

Scientists at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) will use robotic vehicles to understand better how fish use different seafloor habitats, including Marine Protected Areas. In the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe, a fleet of seven robotic vehicles has launched into the ocean off southwest England, on a journey to the edge of […]

Paper finds evidence of personality in sharks

Posted October 02 2014

Research led by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and the University of Exeter has shown that individual sharks actually possess social personalities, which determine how they might interact with group mates in the wild. In a study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the team tested for social personality by recording the social interactions […]

“The Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs” @TheFSBI symposium will take place in July 2015 at the Marine Biological Association.

Posted September 24 2014

Professor David Sims is convening the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) symposium in Plymouth on the topic of “The Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs”. The symposium will take place on 27th – 31st July 2015. Find out more on the Sims lab web pages

Rising levels of investment needed, say marine scientists

Posted September 17 2014

Long-term marine observations are vulnerable to funding waves and political fashions, says an article on the Research Professional website. MBA Research Fellow Nova Mieszkowska added her voice to a call on the UK government to commit long-term funding to sustained ocean observation, so that the UK can retain its involvement in the highest-quality research. “Some […]

The MBA Annual Report for 2013 is now Available to Members

Posted September 05 2014

The Marine Biological Association Annual Report 2013

The MBA Annual Report 2013 is now available to members of the MBA. To download a copy of the report go to MBA Annual Report 2013. The page is password protected and members should enter the password that has been e-mailed to them to get access to the Report, or contact the Membership Secretary

Work Experience at the MBA

Posted September 05 2014

We run a work experience week every July for school students aged between 14 and 18. Details are circulated to MBA members and advertised on our website during the Autumn term. We accept applications from interested students until December each year. In 2015 our work experience week will take place between the 13th and the […]

The Annual General Meeting of the Marine Biological Association 2014

Posted August 19 2014

Citadel Hill Laboratories

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Marine Biological Association will be held in the Common Room at THE CITADEL HILL LABORATORY, PLYMOUTH, PL12PB on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 2.30 pm As part of the Challenger Society programme, the AGM will be followed by a reception in the MBA common room. All members of the […]

Marine non-native species: a one-day workshop on Tuesday October 7th

Posted August 12 2014

Tuesday October 7th 2014 9.30am-4.30pm At: Royal Southern Yacht Club Rope Walk, Hamble SO31 4HB This workshop offers a basic introduction to: Identification of non-native fouling species such as seaweeds, barnacles and sea squirts, found in marinas and ports Ways to reduce the introduction and spread of non-natives. It is intended for: marina & port operators and users, shellfish farmers, […]

The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA) is 130 years old

Posted July 31 2014

The MBA was formed at a meeting at the Royal Society on 31 March 1884. The Citadel Hill Laboratory on Plymouth Hoe opened in 1888 and was the first dedicated marine biological station built in Britain. In recognition of its achievements and pre-eminence in its field, the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in 2013. […]

Jellyfish in UK coastal waters, can citizen science help our understanding of spatial and temporal patterns and trends?

Posted July 22 2014

A paper that examined 9 years of data from a citizen science jellyfish recording scheme in UK coastal waters shows more sightings per kilometre in south west England than anywhere else. There was no obvious long-term trend upwards or downwards, but the latest figures for 2013 and 2014 reveal a huge surge in sightings. The paper  in […]

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