Posted on Oct 18, 2020
Bringing you the latest in marine biological research, education, policy, and much more, the MBA's membership magazine The Marine Biologist is for everyone who loves life in the sea. The latest issue is full of great images and exciting and thought-provoking content.
The October edition is all about how we do science and our relationship with nature. We proudly feature TV presenter Paul Rose , who also happens to be Expedition Leader for the National Geographic’s thrilling Pristine Seas project. Paul has years of experience leading exploration and making science possible in the most remote locations. Paul describes his role in the Pristine Seas project and how he has used the enforced pause in expedition activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to reflect on our relationship with nature. He offers a set of values which he hopes will...
Posted on Oct 16, 2020
The Marine Biological Association is currently celebrating the start of one of three Horizon 2020 projects! Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a focus on excellent science and tackling societal challenges.
The MBA is one of three Plymouth-based, and of 31 international partners in the 4-year MISSION Atlantic project, coordinated by Danmarks Tekniske University in Denmark. The project aims to map and assess the present and future status of Atlantic marine ecosystems under the influence of climate change and exploitation.
Partners are supported by a €11.5 million budget, collaborating to build an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) programme for the Atlantic for the first time at this scale. The MBA has been granted €217,000, with scientists using data from the global Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey to map habitat...
Posted on Oct 4, 2020
Fundamental understanding of the ecology of kelp forests is lacking in many regions. New MBA research in the journal Scientific Reports addresses this knowledge gap by quantifying the rate of productivity of kelp forests across UK waters.
Fieldwork took place on kelp forests ( Laminaria hyperborea ) at multiple subtidal habitats in the UK spanning 9° of latitude.
The research measured a range of environmental factors and quantified kelp productivity. Lead author Dan Smale and his team showed that net primary productivity was greater in cooler water, (around 1.5 times greater in the northern sites compared to warm southernmost sites) with clear implications for warming seas.
Dr Smale said: "The study shows that these kelp forests are extremely productive and likely to be an important component of inshore carbon cycles, and may play a role in natural...
Posted on Oct 2, 2020
We were delighted to hear that Dr Trupti Gaikwad became a joint winner of the science category award for the Asian Women of Achievment Awards.
Dr Gaikwad is a Cell and Molecular Research Assistant working in our new bioimaging facility - The Huxley Suite. Here Trupti oversees the high spectral microscopes, and works on research projects related to marine diatoms and their important role in climate change processes and the marine web.
Trupti said, "I feel lucky to win this award. It is a very big achievement for me. I hope this will inspire other women in science especially girls from my hometown."
The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, celebrates multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. They spotlight phenomenal Asian women across a vast range of industries and professions, all of...
Posted on Sep 21, 2020
The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report published by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is out now. The headline is that the world has missed all 20 of the Aichi biodiversity targets, in what the RSPB describes as “a lost decade for nature”.
In the marine environment, protected areas have increased from 3 – 7%, against a target of 10%. A third of marine fish stocks are overfished – a higher proportion than ten years ago. Unsustainable bycatch of non-target species is still of concern in many fisheries. Plastic pollution continues to increase with largely unknown consequences. The target to maintain the integrity and functioning of coral reefs was missed, with multiple stressors on top of climate change contributing to the degradation of 60% of coral reefs.
The authors of the report point to funding as a particular problem. Funding for activities that...
Posted on Jul 23, 2020
The South West Marine Ecosystems 2019 Annual Report is now available. The report captures and brings together observations of this English region's spectacular marine life, which have included jellyfish blooms, fish never before seen in south west England, even a swordfish washed ashore in Somerset!
This is the sixth report in the series which represents a substantial collaborative effort by many organisations and individuals.The information is shared with over 650 people on the South-West Marine Ecosystems mailing list.
Many of the region's marine research and conservation bodies contribute information and expertise, but what makes the SWME report unique is that it documents ongoing observations made by the public, for example ad hoc records posted on social media, or through citizen science projects. As Keith Hiscock, lead editor of the report and...
Posted on Jul 23, 2020
Dr Bill Langston (1951–2020)
The funeral of Dr Bill Langston is being held on July 24 th 2020. Bill Langston has worked at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) since 1977 and became an MBA Associate Fellow in 2000. Bill was highly regarded both by the academic scientific community and by consultants and government agencies who valued his expertise on, amongst other things, the anthropogenic impacts of metals, pollutants and endocrine disruptors on aquatic ecosystems. A review of his work was published recently in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association ( JMBA ) as part of the 100 th volume celebrations.
Bill collaborated widely with partners across the Plymouth institutes but also nationally and internationally. Tributes coming in from far and wide are a testament to how much he will...