The European Marine Board sets out its position on Citizen Science

Posted on May 10, 2017

Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

European Marine Board Press Release

18/05/2017 – Poole, United Kingdom

Sea for yourself! With our coasts and ocean changing faster than ever before, Citizen Scientists will play a huge role in helping science to protect them.

Read the EMB Press release

EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf .


Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

Sir Geoffrey Holland, 9 May 1938 – 20 April 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017

Sir Geoffrey Holland portrait
Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB

We are sad to pass on the news that Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB, President of the MBA from 2009 – 2014, died peacefully on 20th April 2017, following a short illness. Sir Geoffrey was always passionate in his role in promoting the Association and we are grateful for his oversight of the MBA at such a significant time (he was President at the time the MBA became incorporated by Royal Charter).


Sir Geoffrey Holland was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994 to 2002. His major achievements while at the University include overseeing the establishment of the School of Business and Economics and the Peninsula Medical School (the first new medical school in the country for 30 years) and playing a leading part in establishment the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Sir Geoffrey has had a distinguished career at the...

The MBA is pleased to announce the award of two Ray Lankester Fellowships

Posted on May 4, 2017

Sir Edwin Ray Lankester

Sir Edwin Ray Lankester FRS (1847-1929)

The MBA looks forward to welcoming two new researchers who have won Ray Lankester Fellowship awards.

Dr Stacy Krueger-Hadfield has been awarded a Ray Lankester Investigatorship for the project “ Ecological niche partitioning can stabilize and uncouple biphasic life cycles under different environmental conditions ”.

Dr Atsuko Sato has been awarded a Ray Lankester Investigatorship for the project " Molecular mechanism controlling maternal inheritance of developmental buffering in Ciona intestinalis".

Dr Sato will start her project this summer, and Dr Krueger-Hadfield will begin in summer 2018

Dr Krueger-Hadfield said " This is fantastic news and I am delighted to accept. I am excited to come back to the MBA! "

Ray Lankester Fellowships are intended to provide...

Data from citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity is linked to sea temperature.

Posted on May 1, 2017

A diverse Caribbean coral reef. Credit: Photo by Daryl Duda

Data from marine citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity patterns across the Caribbean are linked to sea temperature.

A study published today in the Journal of Biogeography has utilised the power of the people in the form of “citizen science” to produce a new map of marine fish biodiversity across the Caribbean and tropical western Atlantic.

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A marine citizen scientist collecting data for the REEF fish survey project. Credit Jeffrey D Haines.

The work, performed by scientists from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate in Denmark and the Marine Biological Association, studied a huge data base collected by volunteer SCUBA diving enthusiasts to produce the map and find that fish biodiversity is strongly linked to sea temperatures. However, results also show that while fish biodiversity is...

Beach Rangers 2017 needs your support

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Beach Rangers

The COOP have us listed as one of their Local Community Funds. If you have a COOP members card 1% of your shopping can go to support the work of Beach rangers this summer. All you need to do it follow the link below and pledge your backing to Beach Rangers.

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International recognition for MBA researcher

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

The ascidian Ciona intestinalis.

Dr Atsuko Sato has been awarded the Commendation for Science and Technology (The Young Scientists' Prize) in Japan, for her work on pterobranchs (Atsuko’s PhD was supervised by Prof. Peter Holland (Oxford), who has long been on MBA Council) and the ascidian Ciona intestinalis in Plymouth over the past decade. Dr Sato would like to thank all the members and staff at the MBA for their long-term generous support for her work, particularly John Bishop, Christine Wood, Colin Brownlee, David Sims and the crew of MBA Sepia .

Dr Sato is set to rejoin the staff at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory this summer after being awarded a Ray Lankester Fellowship to further pursue her studies on the ascidian Ciona intestinalis .

A new marine species discovered in the Western English Channel

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Amblyosyllis formosa

A report from a Swedish-British expedition to the Marine Biological Association

At the end of March colleagues from The Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg (Arne Nygren), Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Gothenburg University (Fredrik Pleijel), and the National Museum Wales (Andy Mackie and Katie Mortimer-Jones), arrived at the laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth for a one-week trip to collect marine bristleworms. The MBA is an ideal place for marine biologists with our interests to visit. The lab is well suited for our purposes and a very rich marine fauna can be found only a 15 minute boat trip away.

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Monday was spent on the laboratory's research vessel RV Sepia sampling several localities and hunting for polychaete worms of different kinds. Back in the lab...