UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

28 February / 1 st March

British Embassy Berlin

Our understanding of the ocean and seas is still limited. But it is clear that this eco-system deeply affects our daily lives and human behaviour changes it. It is therefore important that knowledge and understanding about the ocean and the seas is not limited to experts but reaches a wide audience. The workshop will look at trends and ideas in science communication and education to discuss their relevance to the marine area. It will look at mass communication, citizen science and education, and explore how the EU consortium Sea Change is using the concept of Ocean Literacy to achieve a...

One Planet, One Ocean

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

Young Marine Biologists

Sea Change contributes to The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO initiative on One Planet, One Ocean ahead of the UN Ocean Conference.

See the excellent introduction video:

or download the brochure from the UNESCO Web site

The Ocean and You

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...