Following the Marine Biological Association's Council meeting on 22 April, we are excited to be welcoming three new Fellows of the MBA. 


Professor Peter Burkill FMBA, University of Plymouth

Peter Burkill B.Sc., Ph.D., FRMS, FRSB, FMBA is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Plymouth. He is also an Associate Fellow at the MBA. He was Director of the Sir Alastair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS, now part of the MBA) from 2007 to 2011; before that he was Professor of Ocean Science and Head of the George Deacon Division at the University of Southampton from 2001 to 2007. He was earlier an Individual Merit Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.  His research which includes some 200 research papers has primarily been on microbial biogeochemistry which included the seagoing application of flow cytometry, as well as changes in plankton in many regions of the world’s oceans. Latterly his endeavours have been to “open doors for others” advising marine institutes in India, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Scotland and The Netherlands as well as several UK Universities on their marine research strategy boards. He was elected President of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) in 2012 which he considered a huge personal honour. While SCOR President, he initiated the current International Indian Ocean Expedition jointly with UNESCO’s IOC and IOGOOS. He served on UK Government’s RAE 2008 and REF 2014 panels for Earth & Environmental Sciences. Professor Burkill is a long-standing member of the MBA, elected in 1973.


Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford FMBA, Commonwealth Secretariat

Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FMBA is a diplomat and marine scientist working in ocean, climate and resource governance and multilateral development, with a strong focus on sustainable blue economies. He is Head of Oceans and Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he leads a technical advisory team delivering the Commonwealth Blue Charter initiative and technical assistance projects on ocean governance and natural resources reform in Commonwealth countries. Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Dr Hardman-Mountford was Principal Scientist at Australia’s national research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he led the Indian Ocean Ecology and Oceanography group. His research on ocean observations and modelling has taken him to the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans and has found application in addressing a diverse range of societal drivers such as sustainable blue economies, carbon storage, food security, energy and climate change. Dr Hardman-Mountford joined CSIRO in 2012 after 10 years at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK where he led the Ocean and Carbon Cycle program of the National Centre for Earth Observation and established a pCO2 monitoring capability on the UK research vessel fleet. Prior to this Dr Hardman-Mountford coordinated the UK Marine Environmental Change Network for Defra, based at the Marine Biological Association. Dr Hardman-Mountford holds an adjunct honorary fellowship at the University of Western Australia. He has been a member of several space agency science teams and international committees, including the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) and the Global Biogeochemical Argo Steering Committee. He currently serves on the CLIVAR Indian Ocean Regional Panel of the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS).


Professor Paul J B Hart FMBA, University of Leicester

Paul Hart BSc (Liverpool), BA (Open University), PhD (Liverpool), FLS, FMBA. From 1973-1976 Paul worked on the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) survey at the Oceanographic Laboratory, Edinburgh. From 1973 – 1976 Paul was employed by Nordreco AB (a Nestlé R & D company) in Sweden as a fishery biologist where he advised the Findus group on fish raw material supplies and assessed the future potential of aquaculture. In 1976 Paul moved to the University of Leicester as a lecturer in aquatic biology. His research focused on the foraging behaviour of fish with a side interest in marine commercial fisheries. Paul retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology and is now an Emeritus Professor. Paul was a Trustee of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, until it was merged with the MBA: he then became a Trustee of the MBA.  From 2010 – 2016 he was a member of the Science Advisory Board of Marine Scotland. Paul is co-author of Fisheries Ecology (1982) and co-editor of the two-volume Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries (2002). He co-edits the journal Fish and Fisheries (Wiley).


MBA Fellows are senior practitioners in marine biology who have contributed to the discipline at the highest level

The title of Fellow of the Marine Biological Association, FMBA, was first awarded in 2014, following granting of a Royal Charter to the Marine Biological Association. The status of Fellow of the MBA 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.

To find out more, visit: https://www.mba.ac.uk/mba-fellows

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May 4, 2021 By loiflo