Posted on Apr 9, 2021
The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is sad to hear of the death of our Patron, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has been the Patron of the MBA since 1953. He has shown a keen interest in raising public awareness of the relationship of humanity with the environment and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association in 2014.
A number of MBA staff had the privilege of meeting His Royal Highness over the years and he showed himself both interested and passionate when it came to discussing marine environmental issues. In 2014, for example, he attended an event celebrating the granting of a Royal Charter to the MBA and spent a great deal of time speaking to those present including a lively discussion with a number of marine biology students.
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Posted on Apr 6, 2021
The Arctic Ocean is the fastest warming region on Earth. In the new Special Issue of The Marine Biologist magazine we focus on concerted international scientific efforts to better understand the changing Arctic Ocean. Access to The Marine Biologist magazine is usually an exclusive benefit of MBA membership, however, for a limited period we are releasing this Special Issue on Open Access.
From phytoplankton to polar bears and permafrost, the stories and images from UK and Russian contributors give an authentic flavour of this cold and remote ocean, and its global importance. Highlights include Changing Arctic Ocean projects with close links with researchers in Russia, an article on MOSAiC , the biggest Arctic expedition in history, and a conversation with Professor...
Posted on Mar 31, 2021
In October 2018, a new Research Fellow Dr Vengamanaidu (Venky) Modepalli arrived at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) with a goal to understand the evolution of early life forms at the molecular and genomic level and its impact on current animal diversity. Over the past years, Venky’s research has been supported by the Anne Warner Research Fellowship, established following a substantial legacy being bequeathed to the MBA by eminent scientist Professor Anne Warner FRS in 2012. Following a recent memoir published by the Royal Society, we’re taking a look at Anne’s ongoing contributions to research at the MBA.anne_warner_scientist.jpg venky.jpg Anne in her laboratory in the early 1990s (left), and Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli (right).
Anne Warner was Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at University College London and a former Foulerton Professor of the Royal Society. She...
Posted on Mar 17, 2021
Today we’re sharing stories from the day from our Director, Willie Wilson, and staff member Rob Camp, whose great uncle was a warden in the city during the Blitz.mba_building_bombed_in_1941.jpg war_damage_1941.jpg The MBA was partly destroyed by fire.
Stanley Wells Kemp FRS was Director of the MBA from 1936 to 1945. At the time, the Director and his family resided at the building. On the evening of the 20 th of March the alert was sounded, and it quickly became apparent that an attack was taking place as hundreds of incendiaries were dropped on the city. As Dr Kemp and the fire guards searched the building, a familiar whine was heard and a bomb struck right outside of the Director’s kitchen window, and another close to the front door....
Posted on Mar 8, 2021
What could change in science or the way we use and protect the ocean? What might be discovered? Contestants could even explore their own personal relationship with the ocean; their imagination and creativity could run wild!
We received so many fantastic entries, and we would like to extend a massive thank you not only to the contestants for writing such interesting pieces, but also to our amazing panel of judges. The winning entries and three runners up in each category will receive a selection of prizes from the MBA, as well as the opportunity to be published in The Marine Biologist magazine and the Guardian’s Seascape .Winner of the 14 and under age category - Ellie Sillar
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Posted on Mar 3, 2021
Seventeen times to the moon and back – we’ve set the record for the greatest distance sampled by a marine survey!
Established by Sir Alister Hardy in 1931, the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey has been collecting information about the health of our oceans, in the form of “plankton sandwiches”, for decades. Now in its 90 th year, the CPR survey have sampled over 7 million nautical miles of ocean – ample to be awarded the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance sampled by a marine survey!
CPR unitA Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) unit.
David Johns, Head of the CPR Survey, said, “We are so proud of receiving a Guinness World Record, to have towed over 7 million miles is incredible, I’m sure Sir Alister Hardy would not believe the ongoing success of the Survey.”
Sir Alister HardySir Alister Hardy...