As well as making a fundamental impact on our understanding of the natural world, MBA outputs have made positive contributions towards impacts on people, societies, their health and well-being, and the planet. Here are some examples of our work.

Listed below are a selection of the projects delivered by the MBA.

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Incubation chamber (Gonozooid) of the cyclostome Filicrisia geniculata

Reproductive biology of sessile animal species

A long-standing study has elucidated spermcast mating by sessile invertebrates, a widespread process involving the release of sperm into the water and its subsequent uptake by conspecific genetic individuals. 

This has involved long-term culturing of colonial ascidians...

Propellor with fouling including non-native species

Leisure boating and non-native species

The role of leisure boating and marinas in the secondary spread of non-natives along coastlines is being investigated.

This has involved survey work, monitoring and experimental investigations using settlement panels. The data also contributes baseline distribution information...

Mitochondrial haplotypes of global populations of the ascidian Ciona robusta

The introduction of marine species to new areas by human activities

The anthropogenic mechanisms and routes by which marine species are carried between remote biogeographic regions have been studied.

This has involved a combination of i) population-genetic approaches to infer population histories and ii) repeated monitoring of sites to document actual...

LEMUR

LEMUR Traineeships

 LEMUR+ project was part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Ambios Ltd in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, The MBA and South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.

Placements at the MBA were for  ...

Life around the turbines

Life around the turbines brings together environmental and technical information on offshore wind farms in an exciting range of resources and workshops for schools.  The project was developed with funding from COWRIE (Collaborative Offshore Wind Research Into the Environment) and was led by...

The ShoreThing

Our Shore Thing project started in 2006 giving volunteer groups and school/ higher students the opportunity to take part in 'REAL' science to help monitor the impact of rising sea temperatures on rocky shore species.  It now contains over 10 years of data and participation.

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Sea Change Project

Sea Change

The Marine Biological Association is the Coordinator of the Sea Change project, an ambitious EU Funded project to develop “Ocean Literacy” in Europe. The Sea Change project runs from 2015 to 2018.

Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the oceans’ influence on us and our...

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ENVRI+

ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable...
Mitten crab recording

Mitten Crab Watch

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...

Wakame Watch

Wakame Watch has been established in order to generate an up-to-date picture of the distribution of the species, by encouraging recording of sightings from the public, in particular, we are asking divers, snorkelers, recreational boat users, fishermen and environmental surveyors to let us know...

The MBA research programme is recognized for its excellence and diversity, ranging from the fundamental biology of marine organisms through to the study of whole communities and ecosystems.

MBA research is supported by many different funding bodies, including the Natural Environment Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The MBA also conducts research with many European partners, through the EU framework programmes. Here are some examples of our work.

MBA Education has enormous experience in interpreting scientific concepts for diverse audiences. Our activities and resources have a reputation for innovation and accessibility and many are designed to fit with formal education curricula.

The MBA Data Team provides expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata.  The team operates the national biodiversity Data Archive Centre, DASSH, which is accredited through the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN).  The Data Team supplies advice, tools and resources enabling maximum value to be gained from biological datasets and additionally provides guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance.
The MBA has long recognised the important role of citizen scientists for conservation and monitoring biodiversity. We work in partnership to support numerous initiatives and projects including the Sealife Survey recording scheme in partnership with the National Biodiversity Network, and an annual Bioblitz event.

The MBA is embedded in numerous European partnerships and networks. We have worked both as a partner and as project lead, with European colleagues in a plethora of marine-themed projects primarily funded through the EU Framework Programmes up to and including Horizon 2020, and the European Regional Development Fund Interreg programme.

Managing activities in the marine environment requires robust, up-to-date evidence on a variety of issues from habitats and species impact assessments through to activities/pressures analyses and governance/legislation frameworks. The MBA has an exceptional track record in providing this type of evidence to a wide range of stakeholders with some of the most recent shown here.