The evolution of the Journal of The Marine Biological Association (JMBA) as it celebrates 100 volumes

Posted on Feb 19, 2020


The first issue of the Journal of The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom ( JMBA ), Vol. I, no.1 (1887) was edited by E. Ray Lankester, the first President of the MBA, it contained a list of governors, founders and members of the MBA, an account of the formation of the Association and a detailed description of the building, with floor-plans, as well as an account of the local fishing industry and fishing grounds, with a “fishing map” of Plymouth Sound.

Vol. I, no.2 (1888) provided a report of the opening ceremony of the building, substantial lists of the marine flora and fauna of Plymouth Sound, an account of some local fishes and their eggs, three reports of the recent work of existing marine biological organisations in Scotland and Liverpool, and a catalogue of the early MBA Library. After the appointment of the first...

Call for ASSEMBLE Plus applications for access to facilities and research services at EU marine stations closes 9th February

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

The next call of the ASSEMBLE Plus Transnational Access programme closes on 9 th February 2020.

ASSEMBLE Plus (Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded) supports researchers (from industry and academia) by providing access to facilities and research services at more than 30 partner institutes. The objective of this programme is to enable researchers to carry out their own research projects using platforms and marine biological resources not available in their own institutes, while establishing new scientific collaborations.

The access programme has received so far more than 300 project proposals from European and non-European researchers and many success stories highlight the value of this opportunity. For example, Karl Attard (University of Southern Denmark) a recipient of the Transnational Access funding expressed the following:...

Volunteering with a view

Posted on Jan 23, 2020


Hi my name is Kellyanne. Back in October, I started as a communications intern at the MBA. I felt apprehensive about starting at the hub of marine research, but excited for the opportunity to try something new. I had studied MSci Zoology at University of Exeter, so I was not only moving to a new position but a new place too.

My first day comprised of a tour of the Citadel Hill laboratory, learning about the MBA’s wealth of history, and being introduced to the different teams working here from membership to researchers I had read about.

Soon enough, I settled in and started to get my head around how different aspects all tie together to encompass the marine biological community. Every day at 11am the MBA holds coffee to encourage different teams to engage with each other, a great opportunity to speak to researchers at different stages of their...

Climate Change: Impact on Earth Systems

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

Oceanographer and marine biologist Philip (Chris) Reid was invited to speak at the MBA's AGM in December.

Global warming is upon us. Chris presents the very latest climate change evidence and asks what we, as individuals and countries, can do to change the course we are on.

IPCC Report Card launch: Varied and far-reaching climate change impacts on UK coasts and seas

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

In the wake of the newly declared climate emergency, a major new publication by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) highlights the current and future impacts of climate change on UK seas and dependent industries and society.

More than 150 scientists from over 50 leading research organisations have contributed to this comprehensive, updated review on the range and scale of physical, ecological and societal impacts of climate change on UK coasts and seas.

The report shows that climate impacts for UK coasts and seas are varied and far-reaching, from effects on sea temperatures, oxygen levels, and ocean pH, through to shifting species distributions and impacts on habitats, as well as social and economic impacts including risks to cultural heritage sites, potential implications for human health, and likely increases in future coastal flooding. This...

New IUCN report says the ocean is losing oxygen, threatening marine life and fisheries

Posted on Jan 8, 2020

A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released today highlights the growing problem of low oxygen zones in the ocean. The report contains a chapter written by MBA researchers that examines the threats posed by these zones to sharks, skates and rays.

Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving life-sustaining oxygen out of our ocean and coastal waters. This loss of oxygen compounds problems from ocean warming and acidification, threatening marine life and fisheries around the world.

Sharks, tunas and other large predatory fish are having their habitat squeezed as deeper waters become unavailable for them to hunt in or find refuge from surface fisheries.

Prof David Sims, author of the chapter on elasmobranchs, said, “Shrinking habitats of already threatened sharks means susceptibility to overfishing will be even greater...

DASSHing through the snow, in a FAIR and open sleigh....

Posted on Dec 20, 2019

DASSH, the UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data has received an early present this festive season. We have been selected by the FAIRsFAIR project ( ) to receive €10k to support the process of DASSH obtaining CoreTrustSeal Accreditation. CoreTrustSeal is an international, non-profit, community-based organisation and the certification process aims to promote sustainable, transparent and trustworthy data repositories. As part of the MBA’s internationally renowned Data Team activities, DASSH is committed to making marine biodiversity data as open and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) as possible.

Dan Lear, Head of Data, Information and Technology at the MBA said “This award is great news for the MBA Data Team and DASSH. It will allow us to focus effort on the accreditation process, and participate in key workshops and events...