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We have a dedicated, passionate and diverse community of staff. This includes scientists and researchers who share expert knowledge on marine biology.


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Professor Willie Wilson

Professor Willie Wilson, FMBA

Director

Professor Willie Wilson, FMBA

Director

Professor Willie Wilson

wilwil@mba.ac.uk

As a marine biologist with over 30 year’s research and management experience, I now have my dream job as MBA Director. My vision is to make the MBA a career destination that scientists and support staff alike aspire to work at.

Through our membership, I am also passionate about encouraging marine biology enthusiasts to lend their voice to some of the most pressing environmental issues on the planet. With a Marine Biology/Biochemistry degree from Bangor University (1990), PhD from University of Warwick (1994), I also had positions at Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (USA); Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS).

As a self-confessed ‘virus evangelist’, my personal research interests focus on the multiple roles of marine viruses “lubricants of the great engines of planetary control”. I have expertise revealing interactions between viruses and phytoplankton, with an emphasis on understanding the genetic basis of virus infections and their ecological and evolutionary consequences for ocean life. In short, why are viruses essential for life, as we know it!

My research has contributed to over 130 publications. My favourite sport is curling and I spend a lot of time hiking on Dartmoor (though not at the same time!).

Dr Matt Frost

Dr Matthew Frost, FMBA

Head of Policy and Engagement / Deputy Director

Dr Matthew Frost, FMBA

Head of Policy and Engagement / Deputy Director

Dr Matthew Frost, FMBA

Email: matfr@mba.ac.uk

Katrina-Houghton

Katrina Houghton

Head of Operations

Katrina Houghton

Head of Operations

Katrina Houghton

Email: kathou@mba.ac.uk

Jan Howes

Janet Howes, ACMA, CGMA

Head of Finance

Janet Howes, ACMA, CGMA

Head of Finance

Janet Howes, ACMA, CGMA

Email: janhow@mba.ac.uk

David Johns

David Johns

Head of Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, Chair NMBAQC

David Johns

Head of Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, Chair NMBAQC

David Johns

djoh@mba.ac.uk

Growing up in the South West UK, I have always been interested in marine life, and could usually be found when young either rock pooling, fishing or foraging. I started work with the CPR Survey in 1997, initially as a plankton analyst, and built on my taxonomic knowledge to investigate changes in the plankton community. Now I am lucky enough to be the Head of the CPR Survey, the fact it has been running since 1931 makes it more of a current custodian role! I’m also a member of the Senior Management Team here at the MBA, also representing the Research Vessels. My recent work has focussed on applying plankton data to the question of marine ecosystem health, and how we can monitor the key trophic layers which all marine life is ultimately dependent upon. I still occasionally look down the microscope, curiosity at looking at microscopic life has never left me – seeing a good example of something quite common can be as exciting as an exotic specimen – I am fascinated with all aspects of natural history. Externally I chair the NMBAQC committee, promoting best practice in marine biological monitoring, making sure data collected are as robust and reliable as possible. 

Kevin Atkins

Kevin Atkins

Site Engineer

Kevin Atkins

Site Engineer

Kevin Atkins

Email: kpa@mba.ac.uk

John Bishop

Dr John Bishop, Mem.MBA

Associate Fellow

Dr John Bishop, Mem.MBA

Associate Fellow

John Bishop

jbis@mba.ac.uk

I have been associated with the Marine Biological Association since 1995, first as a Research Fellow, then from 2000 to 2009 by maintaining a research group at Citadel Hill while teaching at the University of Plymouth, before continuing at the MBA from 2009 as an Associate Fellow. One strand of my research has involved culturing two colonial marine invertebrates—an ascidian and a bryozoan—for experimental investigation of mating by the release, dispersal and uptake of water-borne sperm, a process commonplace in sessile aquatic animals and in many ways analogous to wind pollination. One offshoot of this work has been the study of polyembryony in cyclostome bryozoans, in which sexually produced embryos are cloned into multiple identical young. We have also looked at the fusion of conspecific colonies in ascidians and bryozoans to produce genetically composite, physically integrated chimaeras, which are frequent in some natural populations. A second research focus has developed since about 2007: non-native species (NNS) moving around the world as a result of human activities. We survey extensively in harbours and marinas—hotspots for NNS—and for a while used molecular methods to infer the population history of chosen species in both North West Europe and globally.

Dr Michael Cunliffe

Dr Michael Cunliffe, Mem.MBA

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Michael Cunliffe, Mem.MBA

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Michael Cunliffe

micnli@mba.ac.uk

I received a degree in environmental biology from the University of Liverpool, and a MSc and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Manchester. After a postdoc at the University of Warwick, I joined the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in 2010 as a MBA Research Fellow (Group Leader). In 2014, I started a joint appointment between the MBA and the University of Plymouth, where I am currently a MBA Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Marine Microbiology in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences. I create knowledge through research and communicate knowledge through teaching, outreach and knowledge exchange activities. At the MBA I lead a diverse research group who study a range of topics in microbial biology, ecology, and evolution. Our research group works both in the lab and out in the marine environment, locally around Plymouth and in distant locations, including polar regions and the open ocean.

Katherine Helliwel

Dr Katherine Helliwell

Independent Research Fellow

Dr Katherine Helliwell

Independent Research Fellow

Dr Katherine Helliwell

Email: kathel@mba.ac.uk

Jo Langston

Joanna Langston

Head of Membership

Joanna Langston

Head of Membership

Jo Langston

joalan@mba.ac.uk

My role is to support the growth of the association’s membership to help achieve its aim to be the voice of marine biology, through creating and supporting a global community of marine biologists. My background is in developing and managing a range of support services. Prior to joining the MBA I worked within the membership department of an established professional association, which supported 60,000 members in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I also have a lifelong interest in marine conservation and as such I feel incredibly privileged to apply this, along with the knowledge and expertise in membership associations that I have I built-up over the years, to support the profession and those that work within it.

Dan Lear

Dan Lear, MSc

Head of Data, Information and Technology

Dan Lear, MSc

Head of Data, Information and Technology

Dan Lear

dble@mba.ac.uk

I lead the Marine Biological Association (MBA) IT and Data Teams and am project co-ordinator for DASSH; the Marine Data and Information Network (MEDIN) accredited Data Archive Centre (DAC) for biodiversity data. I currently have over 25 years’ experience in marine data management and publication. I am also a member of the global Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) Steering Group, and lead the UK contribution through the UK OBIS Node hosted at the MBA. I represent the MBA on a range on national and international working groups and expert panels, bringing my wealth of experience to inform and guide data standardisation and interoperability. I’m the Chair of the Biodiversity Data and Information Group (BioDIG) a technical sub-group of the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) and am co-chair of the MEDIN Data Archive Centre Working Group and an expert member of the MEDIN Executive. Within Marine Research Plymouth I lead the Digital Science component and represents this key area on the MRP Executive Body.

Nova Mieszkowska

Dr Nova Mieszkowska

Research Fellow

Dr Nova Mieszkowska

Research Fellow

Nova Mieszkowska

nova@mba.ac.uk

My international research programme focuses on species and ecosystem-level responses to environmental change and multiple stressors in the marine environment, embedding small-scale, process-oriented experimental studies within larger scale macroecological investigations. This approach focuses on individual organisms via experimental physiological ecology and ecological genomics, integrating to the population level with long-term time-series data collection, analysis and modelling to identify mechanisms of species response. I am the principal investigator for the Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change Project (MarClim), which has the most spatio-temporally extensive time-series of rocky intertidal systems globally. MarClim has shown some of the fastest biogeographic range shifts in response to climate change in any natural system. I have also been involved with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in various capacities for more than a decade. My science-policy knowledge exchange work includes provision of field survey and monitoring data and assessments of ecosystem status, contributions to national and international policy drivers, authorship on national reports including the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership Annual Report Cards, and presenting to UK government and EU bodies. I have developed indicators of Good Environmental Status for implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in intertidal and subtidal habitats around the UK.

Venky Modepalli

Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli

Anne Warner Research Fellow

Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli

Anne Warner Research Fellow

Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli

Email: venmod@mba.ac.uk

Jon Parr

Jon Parr, Mem.MBA, MRICS

Infrastructure and Buildings Manager

Jon Parr, Mem.MBA, MRICS

Infrastructure and Buildings Manager

Jon Parr

jpar@mba.ac.uk

I am responsible for the Marine Biological Association (MBA) buildings and facilities and I am currently the Project Director for the MBA’s major infrastructure project, redeveloping the Citadel Hill site to a masterplan. The first part of the redevelopment began in April 2022 for completion by January 2023. With a background in marine surveying and marine resource management I have previously worked with the MarLIN group developing access to marine data (now the data archive centre, DASSH) and started the education programme at the MBA. I have run many projects and was the Horizons 2020 funded Sea Change Project Co-ordinator.

Maya Plass

Maya Plass, MSc, Mem.MBA, HonFBNA

Head of Communications

Maya Plass, MSc, Mem.MBA, HonFBNA

Head of Communications

Maya Plass

maypla@mba.ac.uk

I lead a team who are responsible for establishing the Marine Biological Association as the primary voice of the marine biological community. My ambition is to increase the MBA’s visibility through strengthening our brand, increasing media outputs and targeted marketing in support of our strategic goals.

I have always been passionate about the ocean both in my free time and professionally. After my studies in marine sciences, my career started by reviewing coastal tourism of Peninsula Valdes, Argentina followed by working on a European water catchment project for Devon County Council. I went on to establish my own venture “Learn To Sea” in 2008 which evolved to my becoming an author, media broadcaster and an independent voice for our marine environment. My passion for communicating the importance of life in the ocean and its vital role to society led to my role as patron of marine charities. 

I am excited to apply my experience and skills to my role at the Marine Biological Association (which I have been a proud member of for over 20 years). I have had the privilege of leading on the development of our new website and rebrand of the MBA in 2022.

Nick Pope

Dr Nick Pope, BSc, PhD

Health & Safety Advisor

Dr Nick Pope, BSc, PhD

Health & Safety Advisor

Dr Nick Pope, BSc, PhD

Email: ndpo@mba.ac.uk

Professor David Sims

Professor David Sims, Mem.MBA, MAE

Senior Research Fellow

Professor David Sims, Mem.MBA, MAE

Senior Research Fellow

Professor David Sims

dws@mba.ac.uk

I have a lifelong interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of ocean predators. My research career began in 1991 with studies on the ecophysiology of feeding in small-spotted catsharks, completed in part at the Marine Biological Association. I embarked in 1995 on what has become a 25 year study of basking shark behavioural ecology. In 2001, shortly after joining the MBA as Research Fellow, we obtained the first long-term satellite trackings of basking sharks showing that they do not hibernate in winter, exhibit regional annual site fidelity, and cross national boundaries frequently, results which contributed to their international protection under CITES (2003) and CMS (2006) listings. Since 2001 I have studied the movement ecology of oceanic sharks and other threatened fish in relation to climate change and fishing. In 2016 I initiated the Global Shark Movement Project, a collaboration of over 150 scientists across 26 countries, aimed at tracking movements and changing habitats of pelagic sharks and quantifying the threats they face. We revealed where large spatial overlaps between sharks and longline fisheries and shipping occurred, demonstrating how threatened populations are most impacted. Awards for our research include the FSBI Medal (2007) and the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation (2019).

Dan Smale

Dr Dan Smale

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Dan Smale

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Dan Smale

Email: dansma@mba.ac.uk

Marion Smith

Marion Smith

Personal Assistant to the Director

Marion Smith

Personal Assistant to the Director

Marion Smith

Email: masm@mba.ac.uk

Tamar Atkinson

Tamar Atkinson

Library Assistant

Tamar Atkinson

Library Assistant

Tamar Atkinson

tamatk@mba.ac.uk

I aid in the running of the National Marine Biological Library (NMBL), including duties ranging from re-evaluating library stock, running the NMBL social media accounts, updating Plymsea and overall aiding with duties in the physical library and archive collections. I am a previous graduate with a BA in Egyptology and a wide range of different heritage work experience, allowing me to carry out duties here at the NMBL. Through my role, I hope to ensure an enjoyable experience for our members and library visitors, and to ensure that it serves the marine science community effectively.

Glen Wheeler

Dr Glen Wheeler

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Glen Wheeler

Senior Research Fellow

Glen Wheeler

glw@mba.ac.uk

I am a molecular cell biologist studying the physiology of marine phytoplankton and other algae. My group examines the mechanisms through which algae sense and respond to their environment, using advanced imaging techniques to visualise these processes in single cells. After studying for a degree in Biology at Nottingham University and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Exeter, I moved to Plymouth to study the cell biology of marine algae, initially at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and then moving to the Marine Biological Association in 2014. In recent years, our research has examined how marine phytoplankton are able to respond to changes in salinity, temperature and nutrients. We are also particularly interested in the cell biology of coccolithophores, an important group of marine phytoplankton that have a major impact on the global carbon cycle through their ability to produce an external covering of calcium carbonate plates (coccoliths). By understanding how these algae respond to a changing environment, our research will help us better understand how marine ecosystems will be influenced by future changes in the Earth’s climate.

Patrick Adkins

Patrick Adkins, MRes

Research Assistant

Patrick Adkins, MRes

Research Assistant

Patrick Adkins

patadk@mba.ac.uk

I’m a research assistant on the Darwin Tree of Life project who specialises in marine invertebrate identification and collection. Primarily crustacea, echinodermata and various vermiform phyla. I take part in fieldwork and offshore boat work most of the year as well as the processing and preservation of tissues in preparation for genomic work. I am a graduate of Plymouth University courses in Marine Biology and Oceanography (BSc) and Applied Marine science (MRes). The main focus for my MRes thesis was looking at the epifaunal communities living on macroalgae and how they differ between native species and the non-native Sargassum muticum. Before coming to the Marine Biological Association I worked for a year in a benthic laboratory for a consultancy company. My next major goal is to undertake a PhD, potentially to look at the evolution of introduced species in their new ranges when compared to their native ranges, but as someone who is interested in pretty much everything that may change!

Guy Baker

Guy Baker, Mem.MBA

The Marine Biologist Editor

Guy Baker, Mem.MBA

The Marine Biologist Editor

Guy Baker, Mem.MBA

Email: guba@mba.ac.uk

Jordan Blair

Jordan Blair

Plankton Analyst

Jordan Blair

Plankton Analyst

Jordan Blair

Email: jorbla@mba.ac.uk

Neri Blower

Neri Blower

Communications Officer

Neri Blower

Communications Officer

Neri Blower

nerblo@mba.ac.uk

With almost 10 years’ experience working in public relations, journalism and marketing, I have a wealth of communication knowledge which I use to promote the world-leading research and science innovation from the Marine Biological Association.
My key areas of expertise are: news stories, press releases and distribution, web editing, working with the media, digital design and graphics, video editing, social media advertising and promotions.

dr-gerald-boalch

Dr Gerald Boalch

Honorary Fellow

Dr Gerald Boalch

Honorary Fellow

dr-gerald-boalch

gtb@mba.ac.uk

Dr Gerald Boalch is a marine phycologist and has worked at the MBA since 1958, for the first thee years as International paints research Fellow and then as phycologist on the staff. From 1993 to 1999 he also served as Bursar and assistant to the Director. He has published a number of papers on seaweed ecology and distribution, and on the taxonomy, ecology of marine phytoplankton. For over 50 years he has recorded the phytoplankton species in tow net samples taken weekly from station L4.

Laura Branscombe

Laura Branscombe

PhD Student

Laura Branscombe

PhD Student

Laura Branscombe

Email: laubra@mba.ac.uk

Mitchell Brennen

Mitchell Brenen

RV MBA Sepia Crew Member

Mitchell Brenen

RV MBA Sepia Crew Member

Mitchell Brenen

Email: mitbre@mba.ac.uk

Rachel Brittain

Rachel Brittain

Research Vessel Manager

Rachel Brittain

Research Vessel Manager

Rachel Brittain

Email: racbri@mba.ac.uk

Derek Broughton

Derek Broughton

Software Developer

Derek Broughton

Software Developer

Derek Broughton

Email: derbro@mba.ac.uk

Tracy-Brown

Tracy Brown

Housekeeper

Tracy Brown

Housekeeper

Tracy Brown

Email: trabro@mba.ac.uk

Colin Brownlee

Professor Colin Brownlee, FMBA, FLS

Lankester Research Fellow

Professor Colin Brownlee, FMBA, FLS

Lankester Research Fellow

Colin Brownlee

cbr@mba.ac.uk

I am a Ray Lankester Fellow at the Marine Biological Association and Professor Emeritus in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences at the University of Southampton. I am a former MBA Director and Senior Research Fellow. I study algal cells in order to understand fundamental aspects of cell biology, including transport across cell membranes, cellular homeostasis and cellular signalling processes that determine how phytoplankton cells sense and respond to changes in their environment. This research is providing unexpected insights into the evolution of membrane transport and signalling mechanisms in eukaryote organisms more generally. My research addresses the cell biology of key marine organisms, such as the calcifying coccolithophores and silicifying diatoms that are of critical importance in global carbon and nutrient cycles. This work has recently uncovered a new class of cation channels that play important roles in cell signalling in diatoms and coccolithophores as well as novel proton channels that are critical components of the coccolithophore calcification machinery. I adopt a multidisciplinary approach combining comparative physiology, molecular biology and genomics together with new advances in microscopy to better understand how phytoplankton populations may respond or adapt to changing conditions in the oceans.

Martina Brunetta

Martina Brunetta

Plankton Analyst

Martina Brunetta

Plankton Analyst

Martina Brunetta

Email: marbru@mba.ac.uk

michaela-buchbauer

Michaela Buchbauer

Sea-Going Research Technician

Michaela Buchbauer

Sea-Going Research Technician

Michaela Buchbauer

Email: micbuc@mba.ac.uk

Dr Abdesslam Chrachri

Dr Abdesslam Chrachri

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Abdesslam Chrachri

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Abdesslam Chrachri

Email: aacc@mba.ac.uk

Dr Nathan Chrismas

Dr Nathan Chrismas

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nathan Chrismas

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nathan Chrismas

natchr@mba.ac.uk

My main research interests focus on the use of -omic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms behind environmental adaptation in cyanobacteria, fungi, and lichens. My PhD work centred around understanding the evolution of polar and alpine cyanobacteria, including genome level adaptations of cyanobacteria to extreme cold environments. During my postdoctoral work at the MBA I’ve used bioinformatics to explore spatial and temporal dynamics of marine fungal communities as part of the ERC project MYCO-CARB and carried out transcriptomic analysis of the aquatic chytrid fungus Rhizoclosmatium globosum. I’m currently working on transcriptomic approaches to investigate the molecular response of the marine lichen Lichina pygmaea to tidal cycles and am developing my own research exploring molecular aspects of the lichen symbiosis. I have a strong interest in science outreach, with a particular passion for engaging with the rock climbing and hillwalking community about lichen diversity and conservation.

Isobel Cole

Isobel Cole

PhD Student

Isobel Cole

PhD Student

Isobel Cole

Email: isocol@mba.ac.uk

Dave Conway

Dr Dave Conway, PhD, Mem.MBA

Associate Fellow

Dr Dave Conway, PhD, Mem.MBA

Associate Fellow

Dr Dave Conway, PhD, Mem.MBA

Email: dvpc@mba.ac.uk

Susan Cook

Sue Cook

Housekeeper

Sue Cook

Housekeeper

Sue Cook

Email: suscoo@mba.ac.uk

Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper, BSc, MRes, AMRSC

PhD Student

Emily Cooper, BSc, MRes, AMRSC

PhD Student

Emily Cooper, BSc, MRes, AMRSC

Email: emicoo@mba.ac.uk

Sophie Corrigan

Sophie Corrigan

PhD Student

Sophie Corrigan

PhD Student

Sophie Corrigan

sopcor@mba.ac.uk

I am a PhD student at the University of Exeter, the Marine Biological Association and Cefas. My research focuses on evaluating and maximising the environmental benefits of seaweed farming in the Southwest, particularly in terms of quantifying the habitat value and biodiversity supported by seaweed farms. I investigate everything from the small epibionts colonising the farms, to benthic infauna and mobile fish populations of potential conservation and commercial importance. The aim of this work is to inform the regulation and development of ecosystem-based approaches to aid in the expansion of seaweed cultivation around the UK. Previously, I studied MSci Marine Biology at the University of Exeter, where I worked on diverse research projects from the effects of clutch relocation on loggerhead sea turtles, to the development of a low-cost in situ method to quantify estuarine-air carbon dioxide fluxes. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant on the Atlantic Meridional Transect Ocean Flux from Satellite Campaign (AMT4OceanSatFlux) funded by the European Space Agency. This project estimated Atlantic Ocean carbon dioxide exchange using satellite and in situ data to enhance monitoring and validate current predictions of the ocean carbon sink. Outside of academia, I am passionate about science communication and wildlife filmmaking.

Poppy Diver

Poppy Diver, MEarthSci

PhD Student

Poppy Diver, MEarthSci

PhD Student

Poppy Diver, MEarthSci

Email: popdiv@mba.ac.uk

Nicolas Djeghri

Dr Nicolas Djeghri

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nicolas Djeghri

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nicolas Djeghri

Email: nicdje@mba.ac.uk

Hannah Duckworth

Hannah Duckworth, BSc

Data Officer

Hannah Duckworth, BSc

Data Officer

Hannah Duckworth

handuc@mba.ac.uk

I am the current Data Officer for DASSH (The archive for marine species and habitats data), and have been since 2021. I am responsible for Quality Assuring, digitizing, standardising and publishing UK marine biodiversity datasets to enable the free and easy access as well as reusability of data. As DASSH is the biodiversity Data Archive Centre (DAC) for MEDIN (the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network), I’m also responsible for the MEDIN helpdesk and help run MEDIN workshops. Part of my role also includes assisting with BioBlitzes and verifying species on iRecorder. Finally, I am also the DASSH official social media officer!

Dr-Astrid-Fischer

Dr Astrid Fischer

Plankton Analyst

Dr Astrid Fischer

Plankton Analyst

Dr-Astrid-Fischer

astfis@mba.ac.uk

Having worked in marine science for over 20 years, I have a keen interest in the impacts of climate change on our oceans, and how we can mitigate further impacts. I have worked as a plankton analyst at the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey and looked at changes in the base of the food chain. I have helped to set up the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, developed new quality control systems for the identification of plankton and epibiota with the North Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme, and looked at the impacts of plastic pollution. In my current role I provide support for the Ocean Biomolecular Observation Network (OBON) UN Decade programme, overseen by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). OBON aspires to increase our understanding of the oceans by looking at biomolecules, such as DNA, and will bring together scientists from all over the world to generate an image of how stressors such as pollution, climate change and human impacts have an impact on our marine and human environment.

Eleanor Gilbert

Eleanor Gilbert

PhD Student

Eleanor Gilbert

PhD Student

Eleanor Gilbert

Email: elegil@mba.ac.uk

Carol Giles

Carol Giles, Mem.MBA

Library Services Manager

Carol Giles, Mem.MBA

Library Services Manager

Carol Giles

cargil@mba.ac.uk

I am responsible for delivery of services at The National Marine Biological Library (NMBL), including Open Access, copyright and IPR, journal subscriptions, as well as management of the Plymouth Marine Science Electronic Archive (PlyMSEA) repository and the large amount of archive material held in the Library. After service in the Royal Navy I gained an Honours degree in History and European Studies and a Postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Studies at the University of Strathclyde. I have been a Library Manager in both academic and health library services and have a special interest in information and knowledge management in the workplace. I also lecture at University of the West of England on the Information Management MSc and have lots of interests outside of work including horse riding, writing and alpaca trekking. I am also a qualified Qigong teacher. My aim for the NMBL is to improve access to, and the visibility of, some of the unique and valuable items we have in our stock and to increase co-operation amongst the marine science library community.

Lance Gregory

Lance Gregory, MarEngTech, Cert Ed, LCGI

CPR Survey Operations Manager

Lance Gregory, MarEngTech, Cert Ed, LCGI

CPR Survey Operations Manager

Lance Gregory, MarEngTech, Cert Ed, LCGI

Email: lgreg@mba.ac.uk

Summer Grundy

Summer Grundy

DASSH Data Manager

Summer Grundy

DASSH Data Manager

Summer Grundy

sumgru@mba.ac.uk

I have been at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) since 2019 where I have been a member of the Data Team, specifically DASSH (The Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data). I started as a DASSH Data Officer, and now hold the position of DASSH Data Manager where I oversee the digitisation, standardisation and quality assurance of marine biodiversity datasets before undertaking sign off and publication. I also have a role on the MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data and Information Network) DAC (Data Archive Centre) Working Group and MEDIN Standards Working Group where I represent DASSH as a MEDIN DAC, as well as attending both national and international meetings where DASSH has partnerships and connections. My other roles involve working on the MEDIN Metadata Helpdesk, co-running MEDIN workshops and verifying records on iRecord. Within the wider MBA I am also a member of the Health and Wellbeing Group.

Joanna Harley

Joanna Harley, MSci, Mem.MBA

Research Technician

Joanna Harley, MSci, Mem.MBA

Research Technician

Joanna Harley

joahar@mba.ac.uk

I am a Research Technician on the Darwin Tree of Life Project. My roles include collection and processing of a broad range of marine organisms for genome sequencing, nucleic acid extraction and barcoding, cultivation of protists and outreach. I additionally assist researchers in the Cunliffe group on the MYCO-CARB project, contributing towards research in environmental microbiology. I studied MSci Marine Biology at the University of Southampton, during which I conducted two research projects on population dynamics of Atlantic salmon and developing tools for genetic engineering of the microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana. Since then I have worked as a molecular biologist and field assistant in the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. I have also previously researched bioremediation using synthetic microbial communities at the University of Sheffield.

Cathy Harshaw

Cathy Harshaw, BSc (Hons), APIOL, Mem.MBA

Training and Events Manager

Cathy Harshaw, BSc (Hons), APIOL, Mem.MBA

Training and Events Manager

Cathy Harshaw

cathar@mba.ac.uk

I am responsible for trainings, courses and events both for our members and non-members. I am passionate about bringing people together and creating environments where research, learning and ideas can be shared and collaboration fostered. As a professional coach, experienced educator and Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) the design and delivery of high-quality training programmes for a diverse range of audiences is a skill I am excited to bring to the MBA. My passion for the seas started early, growing up on a beach in North-West Ireland, I spent my childhood rummaging in rock pools. This love of the ocean brought me to Plymouth in 2002 to study at the University of Plymouth. I graduated in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography.

alix-harvey

Alix Harvey

Ecology Laboratory and Research Aquarium Manager / Digital Content Officer

Alix Harvey

Ecology Laboratory and Research Aquarium Manager / Digital Content Officer

Alix Harvey

Email: alilec@mba.ac.uk

Lucy Hawker

Lucy Hawker

HR Officer

Lucy Hawker

HR Officer

Lucy Hawker

Email: luchaw@mba.ac.uk

Dr Pierre Hélaouët

Dr Pierre Hélaouët

Senior Numerical Ecologist and Data Scientist

Dr Pierre Hélaouët

Senior Numerical Ecologist and Data Scientist

Dr Pierre Hélaouët

Email: pihe@mba.ac.uk

Andrea Highfield

Dr Andrea Highfield, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Andrea Highfield, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Andrea Highfield, PhD

Email: ancba@mba.ac.uk

Keith Hiscock

Dr Keith Hiscock

Associate Fellow

Dr Keith Hiscock

Associate Fellow

Keith Hiscock

khis@mba.ac.uk

From a young age, I have been fascinated by where marine things are and how they ‘work’. My PhD (1971-1974) on Water Movement and the Ecology of Sublittoral Rocky Areas reflected opportunities that scuba diving offered in marine research. When the Nature Conservancy Council ‘discovered’ marine environments, I was, with others, able to start surveying the shore and shallow seas around Britain, leading to my appointment as Head of the Marine Nature Conservation Review of Great Britain in 1987. By 1998, I was discussing with the Director of the Marine Biological Association Michael Whitfield, how databases, the internet etc. could bring together information for marine environment management, protection and education: the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Although retiring in 2007, I continue to contribute to the work of the MBA as an Associate Fellow. Having published over 60 journal papers or chapters in books, my activities now are mainly disseminating my knowledge, editing the annual report on South-West Marine Ecosystems, contributing to the development of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, diving and photography. In 2014, I published Marine biodiversity conservation: a practical approach and in, in 2018, Exploring Britain’s Hidden World: a Natural History of Seabed Habitats.

Sophie Holden

Sophie Holden

Plankton Analyst

Sophie Holden

Plankton Analyst

Sophie Holden

Email: sophol@mba.ac.uk

Dr Nick Humphries

Dr Nick Humphries, Mem.MBA

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nick Humphries, Mem.MBA

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nick Humphries, Mem.MBA

Email: nicmph@mba.ac.uk

Helen Jenkins

Dr Helen Jenkins

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Helen Jenkins

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Helen Jenkins

Email: heljen@mba.ac.uk

Usha Jha

Usha Jha

Plankton Analyst

Usha Jha

Plankton Analyst

Usha Jha

Email: ushaab@mba.ac.uk

dr-ian-hunt

Dr Ian Joint, PhD, Mem.MBA

Honorary Fellow

Dr Ian Joint, PhD, Mem.MBA

Honorary Fellow

dr-ian-hunt

I am a microbiologist and my primary interest is to understand how microbes interact with each other in the ocean. A fundamental question is how do bacteria accumulate sufficient nutrients to enable growth when, in the oligotrophic ocean, nutrients are present at incredibly low concentrations? Over a period of a day, molecular diffusion could provide sufficient nutrients to support a doubling time of one day for heterotrophic bacteria and autotrophic cyanobacteria. It is unclear how bacteria assimilate low molecular weight compounds against a steep concentration gradient; nutrient concentrations will be many orders of magnitude greater within the cell than in the water in which the bacteria are growing.

Matt Keys

Dr Matthew Keys

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Matthew Keys

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Matt Keys

matkey@mba.ac.uk

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant within the Wheeler Group. My research interests are broadly focused on the effects of climate change on marine phytoplankton, including how multiple stressors interact to impact physiological performance at the species level, and community structure, photosynthesis and carbon budgets at the population level. I studied for my PhD at Plymouth Marine Laboratory where my research focussed on the combined effects of elevated CO2 and temperature on natural phytoplankton community taxonomic composition and rates of photosynthetic carbon uptake. Following my PhD award in 2018, I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Plymouth on a diatom project, investigating unique lipid signatures produced by the marine diatom Rhizosolenia setigera as a novel proxy for biomass estimates. During my Post-Doctoral project at the MBA I will be assessing how cell size constrains carbon uptake in marine diatoms. Using ion-selective microelectrodes, I am currently measuring dynamic changes in carbonate chemistry within the cell surface microenvironment of marine diatoms at the single cell level, across a range of cell sizes.

Nathan King

Dr Nathan King

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nathan King

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Nathan King

Email: natkin@mba.ac.uk

Jennifer Leigh

Jennifer Leigh

Communications and Marketing Officer / Plankton Analyst

Jennifer Leigh

Communications and Marketing Officer / Plankton Analyst

Jennifer Leigh

Email: jenski@mba.ac.uk

Larissa Lewis

Larisa Lewis, MSci

PhD Student

Larisa Lewis, MSci

PhD Student

Larissa Lewis

larlew@mba.ac.uk

My PhD is developing and testing innovative approaches to the cultivation of Himanthalia elongata, also known as “sea spaghetti”. I think sustainable aquaculture is awesome and my career goal is to aid the development of the UK aquaculture industry in this sector. Having worked with oysters and now seaweed, I am keen to experience every aspect of the aquaculture industry, looking at all types of species and cultivation systems. I am especially interested by Recirculatory Aquaculture System, aquaponics and Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture.

Brodie Lock

Brodie Lock

Project Reporting Accountant

Brodie Lock

Project Reporting Accountant

Brodie Lock

Email: broloc@mba.ac.uk

Paul Lonsdale

Paul Lonsdale

Science Support Officer

Paul Lonsdale

Science Support Officer

Paul Lonsdale

Email: paulon@mba.ac.uk

Alex Loveridge

Dr Alexandra Loveridge, BSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Alexandra Loveridge, BSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Alex Loveridge

alelov@mba.ac.uk

I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant within the Sims Lab, part of the marine sub-project of the COVID-19 Bio-logging Initiative, a global project funded by the Moore Foundation. My research interests lie in movement ecology within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am currently investigating whether the distribution and behaviour of marine animals have been affected by changes in global human activity and maritime traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I completed my PhD in cnidarian population dynamics from the University of Southampton in 2021, alongside which I volunteered as a data analyst with WorldPop at the University of Southampton, providing policymakers with weekly analyses and visualisations of UK and international population mobility across the COVID-19 pandemic

Emily Maher

Emily Maher, Mem.MBA

Professional and Associate Membership Officer

Emily Maher, Mem.MBA

Professional and Associate Membership Officer

Emily Maher, Mem.MBA

Email: emimil@mba.ac.uk

Sean McTierney

Sean McTierney

Skipper RV MBA Sepia

Sean McTierney

Skipper RV MBA Sepia

Sean McTierney

Email: seamct@mba.ac.uk

Yasmin Meeda

Yasmin Meeda

PhD Student

Yasmin Meeda

PhD Student

Yasmin Meeda

Email: yasmee@mba.ac.uk

Scott Middleton

Scott Middleton

IT Infrastructure and Systems Officer

Scott Middleton

IT Infrastructure and Systems Officer

Scott Middleton

Email: scomid@mba.ac.uk

Julian Morley

Jules Morley

CPR Survey Workshop Technician

Jules Morley

CPR Survey Workshop Technician

Jules Morley

Email: julmor@mba.ac.uk

Ellie Murphy

Ellie Murphy

PhD Student

Ellie Murphy

PhD Student

Ellie Murphy

Email: ellmur@mba.ac.uk

Marilyn Nicholson

Marilyn Nicholson

Catering Manager

Marilyn Nicholson

Catering Manager

Marilyn Nicholson

Email: marin@mba.ac.uk

Lorraine Olver

Lorraine Olver, MAAT, AATQB

Finance Supervisor

Lorraine Olver, MAAT, AATQB

Finance Supervisor

Lorraine Olver, MAAT, AATQB

Email: lorver@mba.ac.uk

Clare Ostle

Dr Clare Ostle

CPR Research Fellow, Coordinator Pacific CPR Survey

Dr Clare Ostle

CPR Research Fellow, Coordinator Pacific CPR Survey

Clare Ostle

claost@mba.ac.uk

I am a marine biogeochemist and the co-ordinator of the Pacific Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. My research covers a range of topics from the marine carbonate system to ocean plastics. I have worked closely with the CPR dataset since my undergraduate project at Swansea University where I analysed changes in copepod abundance and distribution across the North Atlantic. My PhD was based at the University of East Anglia where I investigated how the activity and abundance of plankton may influence the variability of carbon dioxide flux in the North Atlantic. This work led to the development of a method for estimating Net Community Production (NCP) using volunteer ships of opportunity and oxygen optodes and piqued my interest in instrument development and sampling enhancements for the CPR. I have been involved in numerous syntheses reports and working groups, covering topics such as the operationalization of ecological indicators for European marine policy, ocean warming, and ocean acidification. I am an active member in the UK Pelagic Habitat Expert Group, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), Gulf Watch Alaska and The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).

Hannah Parry-Wilson

Hannah Parry-Wilson, BSc, MSc

PhD Student

Hannah Parry-Wilson, BSc, MSc

PhD Student

Hannah Parry-Wilson

hanwil@mba.ac.uk

I changed my career direction in 2016 when I began my MSc in Applied Marine Science at the University of Plymouth after originally studying broadcasting techniques and performance at undergraduate level. Having volunteered for the Mieszkowska research group during my Masters degree, I worked for a year as a Field Assistant for the national citizen science project, Capturing our Coast. I am now a PhD student at the University of Southampton based at the Marine Biological Association. My scientific interests are varied, from rocky intertidal gastropods (my PhD research) to seagrass (Masters degree) to deep-sea communities (Natural History Museum PhD placement: 2022). I am fascinated by various aspects of marine ecology; but also take great personal interest in ornithological research from a lifetime of birdwatching. I’m also a proud mum to my 2-year old daughter that was born during my PhD studies.

Kevin Paxman

Kevin Paxman, BSc, MSc

Data Engineer

Kevin Paxman, BSc, MSc

Data Engineer

Kevin Paxman, BSc, MSc

Email: kevpax@mba.ac.uk

Franki Perry

Dr Franki Perry

Sea-going Research Technician

Dr Franki Perry

Sea-going Research Technician

Franki Perry

frpe@mba.ac.uk

I am the Seagoing Research Technician on the RV MBA Sepia and I work with other members of the boat team to deliver research vessel services. These services range from undertaking time-series surveys, to carrying out week long educational programs for universities. I have expertise in the deployment of scientific equipment from marine platforms to gain high quality biological, ecological and oceanographic data for research purposes. Prior joining the Marine Biological Association I worked at the British Antarctic Survey as a post-doctoral research assistant looking at fisheries time-series data. I have a PhD from the University of Southampton investigating long-term trends in Antarctic krill recruitment dynamics. In addition to this I have worked as a scientific diver and ecological consultant for both private businesses and government agencies. As such I have a broad understanding of marine survey techniques and equipment.

Dr Trupti Gaikwad

Dr Trupti Prakash Gaikwad

Cell and Molecular Research Technician

Dr Trupti Prakash Gaikwad

Cell and Molecular Research Technician

Dr Trupti Gaikwad

trugai@mba.ac.uk

I joined the Marine Biological Association in October 2019. I am responsible for working with Dr Glen Wheeler with research projects – with help of molecular techniques I develop transgenic lines to understand the physiology of diatoms ( specifically Calcium signalling and redox signalling). My second responsibility is as Laboratory Manager for the Microscopy suites. Here I train and guide new staff and students on high spectral microscopes which involves super resolution confocal microscopes, Laser-capture microdissection and several other microscopes. I also maintain all ERC cultures in the laboratory. I am winner of Asian Women of Achievement Science Award 2020.

Peter Rendle

Peter Rendle, Hon.Mem.MBA

Laboratory Steward

Peter Rendle, Hon.Mem.MBA

Laboratory Steward

Peter Rendle, Hon.Mem.MBA

Email: peren@mba.ac.uk

Cordelia Roberts

Cordelia Roberts

PhD Student

Cordelia Roberts

PhD Student

Cordelia Roberts

Email: corrob@mba.ac.uk

Tyrone Roberts

Tyrone Roberts

Cell and Molecular Support Technician

Tyrone Roberts

Cell and Molecular Support Technician

Tyrone Roberts

Email: tyrrob@mba.ac.uk

Nora Salland

Nora Salland

PhD Student

Nora Salland

PhD Student

Nora Salland

norsal@mba.ac.uk

I am a marine ecologist and postgraduate researcher in Dr Dan Smale’s group (BEECH – Benthic Ecosystems and Environmental Change). I have a keen interest in kelp forest community structure and the ecosystem services it provides. My research is focused on the effects of climate change stressors (especially ocean warming) on foundation species such as kelps, their associated flora and fauna community, and shifts of species distributions in the NE Atlantic. I will explore resulting physiological responses of kelp to changing conditions on both individuals and population based levels, as well as the impacts on the entire ecosystems. Before starting my PhD in Plymouth in 2019 (enrolled at the University of Southampton, INSPIRE DTP), I studied Biological Sciences (BSc) and Marine Biology (MSc) at the University of Rostock in Germany at the Baltic Sea. I have work experience in Canada, New Zealand and Chile as well as on board of scientific vessels.

Kes Scott-Somme

Kes Scott-Somme, MSc, Mem.MBA, ACIEEM

Research Assistant

Kes Scott-Somme, MSc, Mem.MBA, ACIEEM

Research Assistant

Kes Scott-Somme

kessco@mba.ac.uk

I am a Research Assistant on the Darwin Tree of Life project where I work on collecting, identifying and processing marine organisms. I have an FdSc in marine ecology and conservation from Sparsholt College, a BSc in Marine Biology from Portsmouth University, and an MSc in Aquatic Science from University College London (UCL). I have had a varied career working in environmental science and conservation, from communications, research, consultancy, to public engagement and project coordination. I have always had a passion for doing whatever I can to protect, preserve and promote nature in all its forms, and have been involved with some really exciting projects. Some examples are: NERC Future of our Seas (FOOS) where I delivered a storytelling adventure about my research on European eels at Plymouth pirate weekend and the UCL conservation society which I co-founded alongside other interested students and staff, and set up our hugely successful series of talks, featuring names like George McGavin, Nick Baker and Chris Packham. I have picked up fun skills along the way, in everything from electrofishing to diving. Ultimately I love communicating the importance of our natural world, and studying it in any way I can- but preferably looking down a microscope!

Lawrence Sheppard

Dr Lawrence W Sheppard, BA, MSCi, PhD

CPR Survey Research Fellow

Dr Lawrence W Sheppard, BA, MSCi, PhD

CPR Survey Research Fellow

Dr Lawrence W Sheppard, BA, MSCi, PhD

Email: lawshe@mba.ac.uk

Kathryn Smith

Dr Katie Smith

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Katie Smith

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Katie Smith

Email: katsmi@mba.ac.uk

Emily Southhall

Dr Emily Southall

Project Scientific Officer

Dr Emily Southall

Project Scientific Officer

Emily Southhall

emisou@mba.ac.uk

I am part of the dynamic multidisciplinary team working on the ERC Ocean DeOxyfish project, aimed at unravelling the complex effects of climate-driven ocean deoxygenation on shark and tuna species. My love of shark behaviour and ecology began with research on basking sharks in 1998 and after joining the MBA in 2001 I have worked on several projects, including one that led to the first long-term, 3D tracks of any pelagic shark species and ultimately contributed to the worldwide protection of basking sharks through CITES and CMS listings. More recently, a collaboration with scientists and the conservation sector in Ireland led to ‘Circles in the sea’, a multi-year study on non-feeding basking shark social behaviour and the discovery of ‘toruses’ which will help inform protection of basking sharks in Irish waters. With a hope to conserve shark species, I am also a member scientist of the Global Shark Movement, a worldwide collaborative initiative consisting of 40 groups from 26 countries that assembles and uses hard-won shark bio-logging data to tackle global anthropogenic pressures such as climate warming and over-fishing.

Rowena Stern

Dr Rowena Stern, PhD

CPR Research Fellow

Dr Rowena Stern, PhD

CPR Research Fellow

Dr Rowena Stern, PhD

Email: rost@mba.ac.uk

Alex Street

Alexandra Street

Senior Membership Officer

Alexandra Street

Senior Membership Officer

Alex Street

alexa@mba.ac.uk

My role as Senior Membership Officer involves servicing a global membership, developing membership engagement and benefits, supporting Learned Society and governance activities and assisting the FMBA Applications Committee. I additionally provide support to the Events team. Originally from Sweden, I celebrate 20 years at the Marine Biological Association in different administrative roles.

Emma stuart

Emma Stuart

Research Assistant

Emma Stuart

Research Assistant

Emma Stuart

Email: emmstu@mba.ac.uk

Daniela Sturm

Daniela Sturm, Mem.BPS, Mem.Microbiology Society, Mem.IPS

PhD Student

Daniela Sturm, Mem.BPS, Mem.Microbiology Society, Mem.IPS

PhD Student

Daniela Sturm, Mem.BPS, Mem.Microbiology Society, Mem.IPS

Email: danstu@mba.ac.uk

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor, BSc (Hons)

CPR Survey Laboratory Manager, Plankton Analyst and NMBAQC Technical Secretary

Claire Taylor, BSc (Hons)

CPR Survey Laboratory Manager, Plankton Analyst and NMBAQC Technical Secretary

Claire Taylor

cmta@mba.ac.uk

I am the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Laboratory Manager, responsible for managing the analysts’ workloads, ensuring that the programme runs smoothly. I am also a member of the analysis team and have gained considerable taxonomic experience, analysing both CPR and non CPR plankton samples from the Arctic, North Sea, Irish Sea, North Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Pacific. Since 2020, I have taken on the role of Technical Secretary for the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control (NMBAQC) Scheme, developed to provide a source of external quality assurance for organisations and laboratories engaged in producing marine biological data. I have gained considerable experience of organising and hosting several international taxonomic workshops and was previously part of the silk production team, producing pairs of high quality silks for the CPR to capture plankton.

Maggie Thomas

Maggie Thomas

Receptionist

Maggie Thomas

Receptionist

Maggie Thomas

Email: reception@mba.ac.uk

jenny-thompson

Jenny Thompson BSc (Hons), MA

Communications Officer

Jenny Thompson BSc (Hons), MA

Communications Officer

jenny-thompson

Jenny.Thompson@mba.ac.uk

I oversee delivery of the Water Column, the internal newsletter, and the writing of the Annual Report.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Marine Ecology and Conservation (Bournemouth University) and an MA in Nature and Travel Writing (Bath Spa University). I have written extensively about the natural world for a number of publications, and in 2021 and 2022 was nominated for New Travel Writer of the Year .

Heidi Tillin

Dr Heidi Tillin

Marine Ecology Principal Consultant

Dr Heidi Tillin

Marine Ecology Principal Consultant

Dr Heidi Tillin

Email: heitil@mba.ac.uk

Yousef Touhami

Yousef Touhami

Research Technician

Yousef Touhami

Research Technician

Yousef Touhami

Email: youtou@mba.ac.uk

matt-waller

Matt Waller

PhD Student

Matt Waller

PhD Student

Matt Waller
Harvey Tyler-Walters

Dr Harvey Tyler-Walters

MarLIN Project Manager, Acting Editor

Dr Harvey Tyler-Walters

MarLIN Project Manager, Acting Editor

Harvey Tyler-Walters

htw@mba.ac.uk

I am responsible for the management of contracts and staff involved in MarLIN (Marine Life Information Network) since 1999. In particular, project manager on short and long-term contracts for Defra, Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Crown Estates, and WWF-UK. MBA lead on tenders/contracts 2010-2017.
I developed the MarLIN sensitivity assessment for biotopes (1999-2010). I’m responsible for ongoing development as the Marine Evidence-based Sensitivity Assessment (MarESA) approach. I have written reports and papers on the application of sensitivity assessment and sensitivity mapping in conservation and marine spatial planning, together with reports on environmental impacts, in particular, of wind farms, coasteering, and recreational access to coastal habitats. Working on the use of Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) in sensitivity assessment. Authored, supervised, and/or edited sensitivity reviews of circa 140 marine benthic species and most (circa 400) of UK habitats (biotopes). Responsible for the design and content management of the MarLIN website, CMS, and database. I was the lead author on the EMODNET biological traits hierarchy. I designed a database of ‘environmental solutions’ and port contacts for the ‘ECO-Information in European Ports’ (ECO-INFO) project, and together with the team, the environmental review questionnaire.

Sarah Werfelli

Sarah Werfelli

Finance Assistant

Sarah Werfelli

Finance Assistant

Sarah Werfelli

Email: swerfelli@mba.ac.uk

Dr Susan Wharam

Dr Susie Wharam

Molecular Biology Technician

Dr Susie Wharam

Molecular Biology Technician

Dr Susie Wharam

Email: suswha@mba.ac.uk

Cat Wilding

Cat Wilding, BSc, MRes

Senior Research Assistant

Cat Wilding, BSc, MRes

Senior Research Assistant

Cat Wilding, BSc, MRes

Email: catwil@mba.ac.uk

David Wilson

David Wilson, LCGI

Ships Liaison Officer

David Wilson, LCGI

Ships Liaison Officer

David Wilson, LCGI

Email: davwil@mba.ac.uk

Freya_Womersley

Freya Womersley

PhD Student

Freya Womersley

PhD Student

Freya Womersley

Email: frewom@mba.ac.uk

Chris Wood

Chris Wood, Mem.MBA

Research Assistant

Chris Wood, Mem.MBA

Research Assistant

Chris Wood

cwo@mba.ac.uk

+(44)01752 426330

Chris is a marine ecologist, with a particular interest in the discovery and study of the spread and phylogeography of non-native species (NNS) of ascidians and bryozoans in the UK and Europe. She has many years experience in planning, coordinating and carrying out rapid assessment surveys (RAS) for NNS in artificial habitats in the UK, France and South America and has been involved in many settlement panel and boat hull studies. She is a contributor of species factsheets and register entries to the GB Non-Native Species Information Portal and risk assessments, and is involved in training for NNS identification and biosecurity. She was a main contributor to the 2014 edition of the UK Identification guide for selected marine non-native species. In 2014 she discovered Hemigrapsus takanoi in the UK. Chris is also interested in growth and reproduction in native and non-native species of ascidians and bryozoans. Currently Chris is studying the growth and reproduction of the invasive bryozoan Schizoporella japonica and developing an antifouling bioassay.

Marianne Wootton

Marianne Wootton

Senior Plankton Analyst

Marianne Wootton

Senior Plankton Analyst

Marianne Wootton

mawo@mba.ac.uk

I am Senior Plankton Analyst for the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. Having worked for the organisation as a Plankton Analyst since 2002, I have a wealth of experience in phytoplankton and zooplankton identification from around the world. My taxonomic expertise is regularly used to teach plankton identification to a wide range of learners, from complete beginners to other research scientists.  I am co-author on a plankton guide to the North Atlantic and, in collaboration with the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme (NMBAQC), I am lead developer of an international zooplankton quality assurance scheme. Never one to miss an opportunity to spread my passion for plankton, I give regular talks and interviews on the importance of plankton.

Dr Birthe Zaecker

Dr Birthe Zäncker

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Birthe Zäncker

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Birthe Zäncker

Email: birzan@mba.ac.uk

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Nick Bloomer

IT Infrastructure and Systems Manager

Nick Bloomer

IT Infrastructure and Systems Manager

Nick Bloomer

Email: njbl@mba.ac.uk

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Gemma Brice, MSc

Plankton Analyst / Design and Communications Officer

Gemma Brice, MSc

Plankton Analyst / Design and Communications Officer

Gemma Brice, MSc

Email: Gemma.Brice@mba.ac.uk

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Rob Camp, Mem.MBA

Instrumentation and Data Technician

Rob Camp, Mem.MBA

Instrumentation and Data Technician

Rob Camp, Mem.MBA

Email: robmpa@mba.ac.uk

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Paul Dando

Lankester Research Fellow

Paul Dando

Lankester Research Fellow

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pdando@mba.ac.uk

I have worked as a marine scientist for over 55 years, mainly at the Marine Biological Association but with a period of 13 years as Professor of Marine Biology at Bangor University. My research interests include: the environmental effects of hydrothermal vents, hydrocarbon seeps and submarine ground water seeps (including their roles in geochemical cycles and benthic production); the behaviour, biochemistry and physiology of bivalves and frenulate pogonophores with methanotrophic and chemoautotrophic bacterial symbionts; the biochemical and population genetics of fish and barnacles and the distribution and home ranges of fish in estuaries (including their spawning and nursery grounds). My research areas have ranged from the Mediterranean to mid-Atlantic and the Arctic and from Panama to the Gulf of California and northwards to the Canadian coast in the NE Pacific, using research vessels from 9 different countries.

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Megan Darby

Membership Services Officer

Megan Darby

Membership Services Officer

Megan Darby

Email: megdar@mba.ac.uk

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Joost de Vries

PhD Student

Joost de Vries

PhD Student

Joost de Vries

Email: joovri@mba.ac.uk

lize-gibson

Lize Gibson-Hall BSc, MSc

Membership Services Officer

Lize Gibson-Hall BSc, MSc

Membership Services Officer

lize-gibson

lizhal@mba.ac.uk

She/Her

I am very excited to have joined the membership team as one of the part-time membership officers to cover maternity leave. I completed my undergraduate and masters in marine biology and conservation at Plymouth University and have continued to love the city. I started at the MBA a few years ago helping in the seawater hall and have an especial love for cuttlefish. Since then, I worked with the MarLIN team during my placement year and have discovered a passion for writing and science communication which I hope to take forward in my career. My hobbies include photography, scuba diving, and going to metal gigs.

stephen-hawkins

Professor Stephen J Hawkins, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FHEA, FLS, FMBA

Lankester Research Fellow

Professor Stephen J Hawkins, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FHEA, FLS, FMBA

Lankester Research Fellow

Professor Stephen J Hawkins, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FHEA, FLS, FMBA

Email: stehaw@mba.ac.uk

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Professor Linda Medlin

Associate Fellow

Professor Linda Medlin

Associate Fellow

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lkm@mba.ac.uk

Prof. Linda K. Medlin has worked previously as Head of Research at Microbia Environnement, France, at the Observatoire Oceanologique of UPMC, France and at the AWI, Germany. She received Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1983 in marine botany. Her expertise is in marine phytoplankton and their evolution/phylogenetics. She has worked for over 20 years in developing phylochips/microarrays/biosensors for early warning systems for toxic algae and freshwater pathogens and for analyzing marine biodiversity. Published 250 papers, 37 books chapters, two edited books and one manual for microarray analysis. Awarded 52 research grants of which 18 are EU. 3X winner of the Tyge Christensen award for best paper in Phycologia and the Provasoli award for best paper in Journal of Phycology. Elected foreign member of Norwegian Academy of Science for her pioneering work in phytoplankton phylogenetics. Her 1988 benchmark publication for first PCR primers for 18S gene opened the door for rRNA genes as biodiversity genes.

mairi-milne

Mairi Milne Mem.MBA, BSc

Membership Administrator

Mairi Milne Mem.MBA, BSc

Membership Administrator

mairi-milne

maimil@mba.ac.uk

In 2021 I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Ocean Science and Marine Conservation. I have developed a special interest in elasmobranch species and completed my final year dissertation on the ecology and conservation of shark species around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I am also passionate about encouraging people to get outside and learn more about our beautiful blue planet.

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Professor Philip (Chris) Reid

Lankester Research Fellow

Professor Philip (Chris) Reid

Lankester Research Fellow

Professor Philip (Chris) Reid
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Dr Eve Southward, PhD, Hon.Mem.MBA

Lankester Research Fellow

Dr Eve Southward, PhD, Hon.Mem.MBA

Lankester Research Fellow

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eveuth@mba.ac.uk

PhD: Liverpool University and Port Erin Marine Station, Isle of Man. Thesis: ‘Studies on the Polychaeta of the Isle of Man’ (1955). Honorary Doctor of Science, (1991) Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.

My interests have been taxonomy and biology of pogonophoran tube-worms and the related large vestimentiferans; Bivalve molluscs with symbiotic autotrophic chemosynthetic bacteria; Hydrothermal vents; Echinoderms of the British Isles; Barnacles: geographical distribution of Chthamalus species. Identification keys for planktonic barnacle larvae (in press 2017) and the 50-yr ecological consequences of the 1967 “Torrey Canyon” oil-spill and clean-up on Cornish rocky seashores.

Deep-Sea investigations: An early cruise of the MBA’s new RV ‘Sarsia’ dredged up some ‘fibres’ (1957-58) which were actually narrow tubes holding live red worms. These proved to be the first pogonophorans (gutless tube-worms) to be described from the North Atlantic. A regular series of MBA ‘dredging cruises’ continued from the 1950’s to 1988, first using the ‘Sarsia’, and later RV ‘Sir Frederick Russell’ to study the benthic fauna of the continental slope of the Bay of Biscay and Western Approaches. In 1979, international interest was aroused by the discovery of the remarkable chemosynthetic fauna of hydrothermal vents (hot springs in the ocean floor). Following this, I participated in various hydrothermal vent cruises using manned submersibles and remote vehicles.

working with us

The MBA is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff. Your application is encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


Our facilities

The Citadel Hill Laboratory provides world class facilities for research, training and education in a unique environment. We can provide ship access to the south west coasts; seawater systems; microscopy and molecular laboratories and new training facilities all with the best sea views in Plymouth.

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