Multi-Million Pound Initiative Advances the Sustainable Management of UK’s Marine Resources

Posted on Nov 24, 2021


In the wake of COP26, the South West is to play a lead role in a major new initiative aimed at sustainably managing the UK’s coasts and seas.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SuMMeR CDT) aims to deliver the next generation of researchers, solution providers and practitioners who will sustainably manage our marine resources.

Supported by £2.2million in funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, the Centre will train almost 50 interdisciplinary PhD students over the next seven years.

The SuMMeR CDT is being coordinated by some of the UK’s foremost marine science organisations. Led by the University of Plymouth, its core hosting partners include the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Marine...

Marine Biological Association leads the way in laboratory sustainability as first marine biology institute in UK with LEAF accreditation.

Posted on Nov 23, 2021

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has earned two bronze LEAFs (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework)

LEAF Accreditation

An independent standard specialized on improving energy efficiency and sustainability in laboratories has awarded The Marine Biological Association LEAF accreditation – the first granted to a marine biology institute in the UK.

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has earned two bronze LEAFs (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework) in recognition of staff commitment to reduce waste and increase energy efficiency in laboratories.

The Cell and Molecular and the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) laboratories which specialize in studying microscopic ocean lifeforms have achieved bronze for their efficient waste management and energy consumption.

Laboratory Efficiency Intern Oscar Speed said: “I am proud to say that both the CPR and Cell & Molecular labs have been fully committed to studying the sustainability of their...

Fellowships awarded for exceptional contributions to marine biology

Posted on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Matthew Frost, Marine Biological Association FMBA

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) have welcomed four new Fellows who have dedicated their careers to the advancing of marine biology research.

From improving our understanding of harmful algal blooms, informing science policy, to the conservation of Southern Ocean marine ecosystems, our four new fellows from around the world have contributed to marine biology at the highest level.

Dr Martin A Collins OBE, British Antarctic Survey


Martin Collins OBE, is an experienced marine ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey and an Adjunct Professor at University College Cork., Martin has worked from the tropics to the poles and published extensively on the ecology, taxonomy and behaviour of fish and cephalopods. In his current role at BAS, Martin’s primary focus is the conservation and management of Southern Ocean...

Scientists call on COP26 leaders to listen to the ocean in order to meet climate goals

Posted on Nov 4, 2021

New research published today on the eve of Ocean Day at COP26 says measures to address climate change will not succeed unless the ocean is taken into account.

A team of international experts is calling on leaders at the UNFCC COP26 to ensure the ocean is a key consideration in actions taken to mitigate impacts of climate change. The group, including the Marine Biological Association’s Senior Research Fellow, Professor Chris P. Reid, say “… the rate of climate change is still accelerating, largely linked to changes in the ocean, causing a continuing decline in nature, and disruption at the planetary scale to the environment, people, and all our futures.”

The paper titled “The forgotten ocean - why COP26 must call for vastly greater ambition and urgency to address ocean change sets out six important areas in which progress has to be made to integrate the ocean into...

Marine heatwaves impact ecosystems with widespread implications for society

Posted on Oct 22, 2021

Coral bleaching
coral_bleach.jpg Marine heatwaves have caused widespread loss of habitat-forming species, such as reef-building corals, severely compromising ecosystem service provision (photo credit: Tory Chase, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies via Flickr).

A new study shows that marine heatwaves have led to major economic losses around the world; and researchers say global action needs to be taken to ease the impacts of extreme warming events on ocean life.

Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common around the world due to climate change. Marine heatwaves – periods of unusually high seawater temperatures – are increasing in frequency, generally with negative ecological impacts.

A paper published this week in Science provides the first global perspective of the socioeconomic impacts of marine heatwaves.

The study, led by...

Climate change conference and poster session to mark COP26

Posted on Oct 21, 2021

Marine Biological Association Citadel Hill

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has partnered with marine science and education organisations across Plymouth to deliver a series of COP26 climate change events.

The PlyMSEF 2021 Climate Conference take s place on Wednesday 27 October with presentations by masters and PhD students, posters with the theme of COP26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference).

MBA Director Professor Willie Wilson will open the conference at 1pm with an introduction to PlyMSEF.

This session also features a special guest lecture by Professor Edward Boyle: Professor of Ocean Geochemistry, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Almost all of the lead (Pb) in the ocean is derived from human emissions into the atmosphere. Professor Boyle will present data illustrating how the study of oceanic lead can contribute to...

Outstanding marine biology graduate wins MBA Prize

Posted on Oct 20, 2021

Photo credit: University of Plymouth


Photo credit: University of Plymouth

A marine biology student has won a prestigious Marine Biological Association (MBA) Prize for his exceptional performance and quality of work whilst studying for his degree.

Salvatore Giordano, who studied a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth was awarded the Marine Biological Association Prize for Outstanding Performance on a Marine Biology Programme.

Salvatore was delighted to be chosen for the award.

He said: “I was very surprised to hear I was named the winner! Since year one, I have been surrounded by passionate, knowledgeable and supportive academics, both at the University of Plymouth...