Free Online Event - South Devon: Climate Change Hotspot talk by Nova Mieszkowska

Posted on Jan 18, 2021

South Devon: Climate Change Hotspot by Nova Mieszkowska Marine Biological Association, Plymouth and University of Liverpool

Tuesday 19 January 2021 1930 h via Zoom.

No admission charge, but you must apply for sign-in details by 18th Jan at


Global climate change has been driving changes in the geographic distributions of marine species around the world. The UK is located in a transition zone between colder boreal waters to the north and warmer lusitanian waters to the south, and many rocky shore species reach their distributional limits in this area. These range limits are changing in response to climate change, and the rates are some of the fastest in any natural system. Invasive species are also increasing in prevalence and spread in the UK. Given these changes, what are we likely to...

MBA Annual Report 2019-20

Posted on Jan 18, 2021

We're delighted to present our latest MBA Annual Report, featuring our highlights from April 2019 to March 2020. Find out what activities our members were involved in, the learning and engagement opportunities we provided, how we represented marine biology in policy and read more about our research.

View the Annual Report 2019-20

Annual Report 2019-20

CPR data contribute to Scotland's latest Marine Assessment

Posted on Jan 8, 2021

Scotland’s latest Marine Assessment reveals significant changes are taking place at the heart of the marine food web, with potential for impacts on the wider pelagic environment.

For the first time, a team of researchers has published an assessment based on all available plankton time-series data from Scottish waters to investigate the current state of the plankton community, and therefore ocean health, and to identify if it has changed over time.

Researchers from Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Scottish Association for Marine Science and the Marine Biological Association worked together to combine available plankton data in an attempt to understand conditions in the pelagic environment. Plankton form the very base of the marine foodweb, and are excellent indicators of marine health. This combined approach...

SciArt Competition

Posted on Dec 15, 2020

Fancy getting stuck into something creative over the holidays? Enter the SciArt Competition!

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SciArt Competition

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Categories Aquarium Inspired by… the old (MBA aquarium) and new (National Marine Aquarium, and MBA Seawater Hall). Micro Inspired by… anything microscopic found in the marine environment, particularly subjects being researched at the MBA (e.g. algae, fungi, plankton!) Mega Inspired by … anything big found in the marine environment, particularly subjects being researched at the MBA (e.g. pelagic sharks, rays). # UNDecade Inspired by … the UN Decade of Ocean Science, kicking off in 2021. Wild card Inspired by…...

New research sheds light on early mechanisms driving diatom bloom formation

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Marine diatoms under the light microscope
Scientists describe a new role for calcium ion signalling in eukaryotes, for phosphate sensing, for the first time.

MBA researchers Katherine Helliwell, Glen Wheeler and Colin Brownlee in collaboration with scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and the University of Warwick have shed light on how diatoms (a type of eukaryotic algae) sense the availability of phosphorus, a vital macronutrient which controls diatom growth and productivity in the oceans. The research, which has been published in the journal Current Biology [1], demonstrated a new role for calcium ion (Ca 2+ ) signalling in eukaryotes, for phosphate sensing, which has not previously been described.

Aquarium Equipment Suppliers Needed

Posted on Dec 9, 2020

Seawater Hall
European Regional Development Fund Supply and Installation of Aquarium Equipment TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) based in Plymouth, UK wishes to advertise an opportunity to supply and install aquarium equipment in separate lots for 12 single unit aquaria. We are looking for suppliers to provide some or all of the equipment listed below:

Lot 1: Rectangular Aquaria Tanks of approximately 1000-1400 L volume capacity, with a minimum 90 cm depth, insulated or non-insulated. Lot 1 budget £7,500.00, 11% total budget

Lot 2: Aquarium computer controllers (monitor and modify water quality by use of probes and operating float switches, valves and other equipment) with pH electrode, redox sensors, conductivity electrode, salinity and temperature sensors – expandable to include oxygen probes....

YMBs' Ocean Decade Writing Challenge!

Posted on Dec 8, 2020

We want you to write an original essay on the theme of ‘a decade in the ocean’ — you could write about what you think will change in science in the next ten years, what you think might be discovered, your own personal relationship with the ocean or how you think (or hope) people will change the way they use and protect the ocean. You can, if you want, write about something you've heard about at the 2020 Young Marine Biologist Summit (even if you didn’t attend the summit you can still enter).

YMB Writing Challenge

Tips: We are looking for essays that are well researched, imaginative, thought-provoking and which offer us an insight into your personal views and hopes for the future of the ocean. We’d like to get a sense for why the ocean matters to you. You can write in any style; you can be serious, or funny, or a mixture of both. Think of how you can grab the...