MBA Arctic Diary- 22nd July 2021 - Entry 1: Greetings from Sweden!

Posted on Jul 22, 2021

Kim and Bertha pre-quarantine
Greetings from Sweden!


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After a slightly bumpy start, we’ve completed the first six days of quarantine as of this morning.

We knew beforehand that travelling in Covid times wouldn’t be easy, but we didn’t imagine having our documents checked for more than 30 min before getting our boarding passes. Fortunately, we had negative Covid tests, invitation letters, proof of employment and train tickets all ready and in the end made it through security five minutes before boarding and onto the plane safely.

Our luggage was not so lucky as we found out a little later in Copenhagen though....

So after filing a report at the airport, we went shopping in Malmö for the essentials, such as tooth brush and phone charger, for the first couple of days in hotel...

Introduction to the MBA Arctic Diary - Meet Birthe & Kim

Posted on Jul 22, 2021

Birthe and Kim in the National Marine Biological Library, Plymouth.
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In July 2021, the Marine Biological Association's Dr Birthe Zaencker and Dr Kimberley Bird will be travelling to the Arctic on board the ice breaker 'Oden ' to study micro-organisms beneath the sea ice.

Find out what they have in store - How will they get there? What will they will be studying? and how will they keep themselves entertained during their long trip through the ice? Watch the short introductory film below to find out more.

you can follow Birthe and Kim's upcoming Arctic expedition and research and keep up-to-date with heir expedition through a weekly diary entry blog here on our website. Find out about their life aboard RV Oden, their living quarters, the wildlife they see and, of course, their research! Follow @thembauk and #MBAArcticDiary

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Quentin Bone FRS

Posted on Jul 21, 2021

Quentin Bone FRS

It is with sadness that we bring the news that Dr Quentin Bone died peacefully at home on 6 July 2021 aged 89. Quentin obtained his PhD from Magdalen College Oxford, carrying out much of that research at the MBA. Indeed, he was associated with the MBA for most of his scientific career, also spending consierable amounts of time at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples and the Observatoire Oceaonologique de Villefranche. Quentin pioneered the application of electron microscopy to marine organisms and he had an outstanding gift of being able to combine anatomical, phyisiological and histological studies to a wide range of marine organisms in order to understand structure-function relations, many with important general...

From tropical to polar seas…how climate change is impacting the diverse UK Overseas Territories

Posted on Jul 21, 2021

From tropical to polar seas…how climate change is impacting the diverse UK Overseas Territories

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The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), working closely with the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs), has published the first comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts on coasts and seas across the UKOTs. In this crucial year of global climate action, it highlights the UKOTs climate challenges and showcases where they are working with nature to build resilience to climate change.

The UKOTs constitute a small land area with large marine provinces, which collectively represent the 5 th largest marine estate in the world. Extending from the polar ocean to tropical seas, they reflect a highly diverse range of habitats and people, with strong cultural identities closely tied to the sea.

Focusing on six key regions (...

The Ocean Decade Writing Challenge – Winners and Runners-up

Posted on Jun 23, 2021

The Ocean Decade Writing Challenge – Winners and Runners-up

Ana-Maria Munteanu and Ellie Sillar were named the winners of the Ocean Decade Writing Challenge during a Marine Biology Live session in conversation with author, Dr Helen Scales. 6 runners-up – Faron Quinn, Maddie Evans, Ruby Hobbs, Alina Bhaiwala, Imogen Day, and Oscar Petter – have also been selected.

The Ocean Decade Writing Challenge is an initiative led by science communicators at the Marine Biological Association in partnership with author and presenter, Dr Helen Scales. The event was launched in November 2020 during the MBA’s first online Young Marine Biologist summit, which celebrated the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030). Contestants were asked to consider ’10 years in the ocean,’ and given complete creative freedom to explore their own personal...

First of its kind study uses Continuous Plankton Recorder to investigate cholera outbreaks in Central Africa

Posted on Jun 22, 2021

The expedition team and all the ship's crew on board the vessel used in this project.

A scientific expedition using a Continuous Plankton Recorder from the Marine Biological Association has helped investigate the role of tropical lakes as reservoirs of the cholera-causing bacteria, Vibrio cholerae .

Cholera is an extremely virulent disease with an estimated 1.3-4 million cases, and 21,000-143,000 deaths worldwide. Little research has been carried out in cholera hotspots, such as tropical lake ecosystems, due to the sheer size and remoteness of such locations, and the difficulties associated with identifying virulent strains of the bacteria using traditional molecular analysis methods.

Lake Tanganyika, in Central Africa, is the world’s second largest freshwater lake, and a recognised cholera hotspot. Funded by the National Geographic Society (USA) and coordinated by Prof Luigi Vezzulli from the University of Genoa, an...

Anne Warner Fellowship Supports Research into the Evolution of Early Branching Metazoans

Posted on Jun 14, 2021

MBA Research Fellow Dr Vengamanaidu (Venky) Modepalli
Anne Warner Fellowship Supports Research into the Evolution of Early Branching Metazoans

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 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.

img_20190701_172209_2.jpg Anne Warner was Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at University College London and a former Foulerton Professor of the Royal Society. She had a long and...