MBA PhD student wins Manton Prize at the British Phycological Society Annual Meeting

Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Charlotte Walker winner of Manton Prize
Congratulations to Charlotte Walker, MBA Spitfire PhD student for winning the prestigious Manton Prize for the best student oral presentation at the 2017 Winter Meeting of the British Phycological Society, held in Bangor, 11-13th January. Charlotte’s talk was entitled, ‘Plenty more coccolithophores in the sea; exploring calcification in different species’ and described her new findings on the physiological differences between different species of this important calcifying phytoplankton group. Drinks are on you, Charlotte!

First live records of the ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea, Syngnathidae)

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Ruby seadragon
A new species of seadragon, Phyllopteryx dewysea (the ruby seadragon).

New research in the MBA's online open-access journal Marine Biodiversity Records reveals a new species of seadragon in the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia.

From the abstract: "Until recently, only two species of seadragon were known, Phycodurus eques (the leafy seadragon) and Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (the common seadragon), both from Australia. In 2015, we described a new species of seadragon, Phyllopteryx dewysea (the ruby seadragon)."

Read the article here .

See what the National Marine Biological Library has to offer in our new short film!

Posted on Feb 8, 2017


You can read in libraries

A short video promoting the facilities and collections of the National Marine Biological Library, located at the Marine Biological Association, to local university students. Find out more at

Quantifying the extent and structure of critical kelp forest habitat in UK

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

In recently published research, MBA scientists surveyed kelp forests at 12 sites in four regions around the UK to quantify ecological structure at multiple spatial scales.

Subtidal forests of kelps and other canopy-forming macroalgae represent critically important marine habitats. Kelp forests exhibit high rates of primary productivity, magnified secondary productivity, support high levels of biodiversity and provide various ecosystem services. Despite their recognised importance, kelp forests around the UK have been largely understudied compared with many other regions.

The highlights from this research include:

Kelp assemblages and populations varied considerably between sites within regions. Kelp assemblages and populations also varied along a latitudinal gradient in temperature. The structure of kelp forest habitat is predicted to respond to future ocean...

Research cruise studies the ocean’s living surface skin

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

The sea surface microlayer (SML) is the boundary layer between the atmosphere and ocean, and even though it is less than one millimetre thick, it controls exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean. The Cunliffe Group are collaborators in a multidisciplinary study dedicated to better understanding the sea surface microlayer and air-sea interactions and which link diverse scientific approaches including atmospheric deposition, aerosol chemistry, gas and heat exchange, sea surfaces as microbiological habitats, and the application of new technologies for in situ surveys.

Kimberley Bird, PhD Student with the Cunliffe Laboratory at the MBA recently took part in the Air to Sea cruise in the South Pacific to collect and filter seawater samples from the SML, underlying surface bulk water and water column for analysis back in Plymouth using a combination of traditional microbiology...

Sea Change presentation at POGO

Posted on Jan 24, 2017

Sea Change Project Manager, Fiona Crouch, presents the work of Sea Change to the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans ( POGO). POGO has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems.

Sea Change competition winner visits MBA

Posted on Dec 23, 2016

The UK winner of an international competition to make a video about marine conservation visited us at the Citadel Hill laboratory.

As part of the EU Sea Change project people from all over Europe were invited to share their ideas about how to increase awareness of European citizens regarding the importance of the ocean for us and importance of our daily actions, for the ocean. People were asked to make a short video in which they presented their idea. Seven countries took part in the contest including the UK. The public voted on their favourite video with a winner from each country receiving a prize plus an overall European title.

The prize for the UK winner was a visit to the MBA’s internationally renowned laboratory on Plymouth Hoe. The UK entry that received the most votes was created by Allicia Fullerton from Budleigh Salterton with a video that focuses on the...