Plymouth Scientists Join Call for Major Shift in Understanding to Protect the Ocean

Posted on Nov 25, 2020

Marine scientists from Plymouth have contributed to a new international report calling for an urgent change in the way we think and talk about the ocean in a post-COVID world.

November 2020 YMB Blog

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Welcome back to the YMB blog! In this month's blog: YMB Summit 2020 - THIS WEEKEND! Ullapool Sea Savers - a blog by Poppy Lewis-Ing The Jellyfish Swam poem by Harry Turner An introduction to PhD student Laura Branscombe Book reviews and a call for contributions! A short film: Wonderful Wembury Bay

Remember: we want the YMB blog to be written by you, for you! If you've got something you'd like to write about, or another contribution that you'd like to share with other YMBs, please get in contact by emailing ! We love to hear your stories about everything marine.

1. The 4th YMB Summit is happening virtually THIS WEEKEND!

YMB Summit 2020 line up

We've got a very exciting line-up of speakers, discussing everything from the deep sea to coral reefs, how to share science (dancing...

New MBA Fellows Announced

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

The Laboratory
Following the Marine Biological Association's Council meeting at the beginning of November, we are excited to be welcoming three new Fellows of the MBA. Dr Ranjeet Bhagooli FMBA , University of Mauritius

Ranjeet Bhagooli

Dr Bhagooli [CMarSci (Oceanography) CSci CBiol FMBA FRSB FIMAREST, UK] is an Associate Professor and leads the Pole of Research Excellence in Sustainable Marine Biodiversity at the University of Mauritius. He studies tropical ecosystems including coral reefs. Dr Bhagooli participated in research cruises such as the FAO EAF-Nansen 2018 Research Cruise on board the “R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen” and the 2005 expedition at the Australian Casey Antarctic Base on board the “Aurora Australis”. He serves as the Vice-President of the Western Indian Ocean Association of Marine Science and a councillor of the International Coral Reef Society.


Funded PhD Opportunity with the MarClim Group

Posted on Nov 5, 2020

Kelp Forest in Scotland
The MBA would like to advertise a funded PhD opportunity, hosted by the University of Liverpool and supervised by Nova Mieszkowska of the Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change group at the MBA. With co-supervisors at the University of Sheffield, the MBA is co-funding the award. The student will spend part of their PhD working at the MBA. Project title: In-situ sustained monitoring and eDNA techniques for determining responses of intertidal species to environmental change About the Project Climate change is the biggest threat to global security, human health, and biodiversity. It is affecting marine ecosystems through pervasive changes in climatic conditions and climate variability, increased frequency of extreme events and sea level rise. There is a need to understand the ecological dynamics of climate change impacts to identify hotspots of...

MBA Fellow David Sims wins ZSL Marsh Award

Posted on Nov 4, 2020

David Sims
Senior Research Fellow David Sims wins ZSL Marsh Award for contributions of shark research to conservation ZSL Marsh Award for Marine Conservation has recognised the contributions of fundamental research into the “secret lives of sharks” to ecosystem conservation.

A marine scientist at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, and the University of Southampton, has been awarded the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Marsh Award for Marine Conservation. The award has been given to Professor David Sims, an MBA Senior Research Fellow and leader of the Sims Lab.

The ZSL Committee were unanimous in their decision, recognising the high-impact work of Professor Sims into fundamental shark science and its application to marine conservation. Professor Sims’ work, now spanning 25 years, aims to advance scientific knowledge of shark behaviour and...

Young Marine Biologist Summit 2020!

Posted on Nov 4, 2020

YMB Summit 2020
The 4th Young Marine Biologist Summit is almost upon us!

This year the Summit will take place online on the 28th and 29th of November. The event is free and open to all.

Over 20 speakers are lined up, giving a variety of talks, live presentations and Q&A sessions, all themed around the #UNDecadeofOceanScience.

YMB Summit 2020 Schedule

Register for your free spot by clicking here! Find out more here.

Jannes Landschoff Lucy Fisher Reef Guru Dani Escontrela Laura Park Jan Freedman Sancha CH

A number of speakers have already been announced! Follow @thembauk on Twitter and Instagram, as well as the hashtag #YMBSummit2020 for updates...

Applications now open for 2020/2021 Zooplankton Ring Test

Posted on Oct 29, 2020

We are pleased to announce applications are now open to take part in this year's Zooplankton Ring Test

Zooplankton are included in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as an indicator group; however, until recently, there were few other current standards for their sampling and identification. As such, the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) identified a need for a quality control mechanism for the correct identification of zooplankton.

The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (part of the Marine Biological Association, based in Plymouth, UK) provides a Zooplankton Ring-Test on behalf of the NMBAQC scheme. Held every two years, the ring-test assesses the quality of zooplankton identification through practical tests and additional workshops*.

Encouraging consistency amongst zooplankton analysts, within and between different...