Long lasting and profound impact
MBA research has had an important influence on many aspects of our daily lives
The MBA has long been recognised for its fundamental marine biological research that has advanced the frontiers of knowledge, in areas from cell signalling and neurobiology through to ecology and biological oceanography.
As well as making a profound impact on our understanding of the natural world, MBA research has made positive impacts on people, societies, their health and well-being, and the planet. Here are some examples of those impacts.
New field study underpins designation of Marine Conservation Zones
MarClim® project time-series data contributes to national monitoring
Long-term ecological research of UK coast species quantifies effects of climate change on species range distributions and informs national monitoring.
Identifying high-risk hotspots for marine non-native species
Extensive surveys highlight the importance of marinas and leisure-boat traffic in the management of marine non-native species.
Using satellite tags to protect threatened sharks
Research at the MBA using satellite transmitters to track the movements of basking sharks resulted in key data underpinning international protection measures.
Historical impact: Sex changes caused by toxic paint led to international bans
MBA research demonstrating how toxic anti-fouling paints used on boats resulted in population crashes of marine snails led to worldwide bans on their use.