The Marine Biological Association (MBA) have welcomed four new Fellows who have dedicated their careers to the advancing of marine biology research.

From improving our understanding of harmful algal blooms, informing science policy, to the conservation of Southern Ocean marine ecosystems, our four new fellows from around the world have contributed to marine biology at the highest level.

Dr Martin A Collins OBE, British Antarctic Survey

Martin Collins OBE, is an experienced marine ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey and an Adjunct Professor at University College Cork., Martin has worked from the tropics to the poles and published extensively on the ecology, taxonomy and behaviour of fish and cephalopods.  In his current role at BAS, Martin’s primary focus is the conservation and management of Southern Ocean marine ecosystems, and he leads BAS’s input to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to science and conservation on South Georgia.  As an engaged and long-standing MBA member, Martin has supported the Association for 28 years.

Dr Matthew Frost, Marine Biological Association

Dr Matthew Frost is Deputy Director and Head of Policy and Engagement at the Marine Biological Association (MBA). He is a marine biologist by training but for many years has specialised in working at the science-policy interface including extensive work on international networking and science diplomacy. He chairs the UKs primary marine climate advice body (the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership) as well as its Overseas Working Group, and led work with the UK Overseas Territory governments and scientists to produce the first-ever assessment across all the UK Overseas Territories. He is President of the European Network of Marine Stations (MARS) and chair of the World Association of Marine Stations working group, working with countries from around the world to bring together marine station directors (with UN IOC-Unesco) in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and to build capacity for marine research.

Professor Po Teen Lim, University of Malaysia

Professor Po Teen Lim is an Associate Professor at the University of Malaya (UM). His research on harmful algal blooms (HABs) for the past two decades have greatly improved the understanding of HABs in the region, which helps to improvise national HAB monitoring program and minimizing detrimental impact on public health and seafood safety. His extensive research which includes not less than 150 research papers has contributed to novel knowledge on the ecology, physiology, toxigenesis, and blooms dynamics of harmful microalgae, as well as the discovery of novel harmful algal species that are new to science. His active engagement in national and international HAB-related programs has contributed to capacity building, research networking, and the development of HAB sciences.

Dr Daniel Weihs, Israel Institute of Technology

Daniel Weihs is Distinguished Professor and Provost Emeritus at Technion, Israel Inst. of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a member of the Israel National Academy of Sciences, and the United States National Academy of Engineering. He is Israel national representative at the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), and was the Chief Scientist for the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology.

His extensive research papers includes groundbreaking work on fish, marine mammals and invertebrate swimming dynamics. This started from a postdoctoral Royal Society Fellowship at Cambridge University.     

Become a Fellow of the Marine Biological Association

Fellow of the MBA (FMBA) is awarded in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to marine biology at the highest level, in areas that include research, education, outreach or professional and public service. 

The first FMBA was awarded in 2014 following granting of a Royal Charter to the Association.

If you are an experienced marine biologist and have contributed widely within your field, you can submit an application to become a fellow. To find out more or to apply, please visit the MBA Fellows page

Nov 23, 2021 By nerblo