Posted on May 10, 2017
European Marine Board Press Release
18/05/2017 – Poole, United Kingdom
Sea for yourself! With our coasts and ocean changing faster than ever before, Citizen Scientists will play a huge role in helping science to protect them.
Read the EMB Press release
EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf EMB Press release MarineCitizenScience18052017.pdf .
Untitled-1.jpgSurveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway
Posted on May 9, 2017
We are sad to pass on the news that Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB, President of the MBA from 2009 – 2014, died peacefully on 20th April 2017, following a short illness. Sir Geoffrey was always passionate in his role in promoting the Association and we are grateful for his oversight of the MBA at such a significant time (he was President at the time the MBA became incorporated by Royal Charter).Biography
Sir Geoffrey Holland was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994 to 2002. His major achievements while at the University include overseeing the establishment of the School of Business and Economics and the Peninsula Medical School (the first new medical school in the country for 30 years) and playing a leading part in establishment the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Sir Geoffrey has had a distinguished career at the...
Posted on May 4, 2017
The MBA looks forward to welcoming two new researchers who have won Ray Lankester Fellowship awards.
Dr Stacy Krueger-Hadfield has been awarded a Ray Lankester Investigatorship for the project “ Ecological niche partitioning can stabilize and uncouple biphasic life cycles under different environmental conditions ”.
Dr Atsuko Sato has been awarded a Ray Lankester Investigatorship for the project " Molecular mechanism controlling maternal inheritance of developmental buffering in Ciona intestinalis".
Dr Sato will start her project this summer, and Dr Krueger-Hadfield will begin in summer 2018
Dr Krueger-Hadfield said " This is fantastic news and I am delighted to accept. I am excited to come back to the MBA! "
Ray Lankester Fellowships are intended to provide...
Posted on May 1, 2017
Data from marine citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity patterns across the Caribbean are linked to sea temperature.
A study published today in the Journal of Biogeography has utilised the power of the people in the form of “citizen science” to produce a new map of marine fish biodiversity across the Caribbean and tropical western Atlantic.
caribbean fish diversity 2.jpgA marine citizen scientist collecting data for the REEF fish survey project. Credit Jeffrey D Haines.
The work, performed by scientists from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate in Denmark and the Marine Biological Association, studied a huge data base collected by volunteer SCUBA diving enthusiasts to produce the map and find that fish biodiversity is strongly linked to sea temperatures. However, results also show that while fish biodiversity is...
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The COOP have us listed as one of their Local Community Funds. If you have a COOP members card 1% of your shopping can go to support the work of Beach rangers this summer. All you need to do it follow the link below and pledge your backing to Beach Rangers.
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Posted on Apr 11, 2017
Dr Atsuko Sato has been awarded the Commendation for Science and Technology (The Young Scientists' Prize) in Japan, for her work on pterobranchs (Atsuko’s PhD was supervised by Prof. Peter Holland (Oxford), who has long been on MBA Council) and the ascidian Ciona intestinalis in Plymouth over the past decade. Dr Sato would like to thank all the members and staff at the MBA for their long-term generous support for her work, particularly John Bishop, Christine Wood, Colin Brownlee, David Sims and the crew of MBA Sepia .
Dr Sato is set to rejoin the staff at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory this summer after being awarded a Ray Lankester Fellowship to further pursue her studies on the ascidian Ciona intestinalis .
Posted on Apr 4, 2017
A report from a Swedish-British expedition to the Marine Biological Association
At the end of March colleagues from The Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Gothenburg (Arne Nygren), Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Gothenburg University (Fredrik Pleijel), and the National Museum Wales (Andy Mackie and Katie Mortimer-Jones), arrived at the laboratory of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth for a one-week trip to collect marine bristleworms. The MBA is an ideal place for marine biologists with our interests to visit. The lab is well suited for our purposes and a very rich marine fauna can be found only a 15 minute boat trip away.
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Monday was spent on the laboratory's research vessel RV Sepia sampling several localities and hunting for polychaete worms of different kinds. Back in the lab...