Welcome to the May 2020 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! This month’s YMB Bulletin Blog brings you some really exciting content to satisfy your thirst for marine biology knowledge. So whether you are looking for things to read, watch or play, or are curious about what life as a marine biology student entails, continue reading to find out more!

And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos with us. Sharing your photos, writing, art work comments or questions with us for use in future blog content and bulletins may earn you an exclusive MBA pin badge! (see picture) email to: ymb@mba.ac.uk or share with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

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Meet the MBA Press Gang!

We would like to introduce to you the Marine Biological Association’s Press Gang! The Press Gang is a group of PhD students and early career researchers who want to showcase what life is like for postgraduate students here at the MBA. To find out more about who we are, what we do, and how we are staying sane during lockdown we are doing a twitter takeover of the MBA’s main account (@thembauk) during the week beginning 25th May 2020.

Throughout the week we will be sharing the tips that we have picked up to stay safe, sane and productive whilst working from home. We would love to hear from our members about how everyone is coping during this time, so please do join in with the discussion! Don’t worry if you don’t have twitter, at the end of the week we will be running an Instagram Live session (@thembauk) in which we will answer all of your questions about PhD lockdown life, and about life in general at the MBA.

Be sure to tune in to our twitter take over throughout the week, and Instagram Live on Friday 29th May at 5.30 pm (UK time), and don’t forget to submit your questions by either tweeting us @MBAPressGang, sending us a direct message on Instagram, or by emailing corrob@mba.ac.uk. We’re looking forward to meeting you all! 

The Marine Biologist Deep Dive

We have recently launched a new initiative - The Marine Biologist Deep Dive - an online Q&A for MBA members offering the opportunity to explore in more detail topics covered in the magazine! In our first episode, we had a really nice conversation about the the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which was the subject of the special edition of the latest The Marine Biologist magazine published in April.

For those of you who couldn’t join us but would like to learn more about what the Decade is, why is it important, what it means to people and how to get involved, head over to our MBA YouTube channel to catch up! 

Can’t get enough of reading The Marine Biologist magazine? Why not check the Top Ten Editor’s Picks or log in to the MBA Members’ Portal to read back issues of the magazine?

World Ocean Day - 8th June 2020

Not long to go now! If you are looking for inspiration or resources to help you celebrate this special day, we have you covered! Now entering its third year World Ocean Day for Schools was created with the belief that there has been no better time to get young people passionate about the ocean, understanding our relationship with it and how we can take collective action, not just on World Ocean Day, but all year round. World Ocean Day for Schools is a free digital platform that curates the most engaging and thought provoking ocean related learning resources for educators, designed to act as a catalyst to a richer connection with the ocean in a way that complements existing school curriculum. 

Register now to make sure your school doesn’t miss out!

 Also, a small coastal village in South East Cornwall, UK, decided to celebrate World Ocean Day lock down style! Our lovely Data Manager Esther Hughes shared her passion for seaweeds as part of this Ocean Show video, which introduces you to some of the amazing sea life found in their local coast. Fast forward to minute 17 to meet Esther!

Beyond Blue resources

You will probably appreciate the myriad of resources for all ages and abilities being shared by other like-minded organisations across the globe:

Earth School – a huge collection of video lessons, including science and much more.

Wild Days by Earth Watch – a set of daily outdoor challenges.

NASA is calling all gamers and citizen scientists to join them in a virtual ocean research expedition to help map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems.

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