New MBA Fellows Announced

Posted on May 4, 2021

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...

Opportunity to have your research translated into a kid-friendly paper!

Posted on Apr 21, 2021

Have you recently published a paper? Looking to inspire the next generation and engage them with your research?

We have an exciting, funded (usually ~£1,000 per paper) opportunity for two papers to be adapted by Science Journal for Kids (SJK), a small non-profit organisation which "translates" academic papers into easy-to-understand science article for school students. The adaptations will be published by SJK on their website , as well as in upcoming issues of our magazine, The Marine Biologist , making them easily accessible to our Young Marine Biologist members.

Watch our recent Marine Biology Live webinar with Tanya, Founder and Managing Editor of SJK, below.

All articles are published open access, and with a million readers annually (including many teachers who use the articles in the classroom), having a paper adapted is a great way to improve...

Marine Biological Association statement on the passing of our Patron, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Posted on Apr 9, 2021

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is sad to hear of the death of our Patron, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has been the Patron of the MBA since 1953. He has shown a keen interest in raising public awareness of the relationship of humanity with the environment and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association in 2014.

A number of MBA staff had the privilege of meeting His Royal Highness over the years and he showed himself both interested and passionate when it came to discussing marine environmental issues. In 2014, for example, he attended an event celebrating the granting of a Royal Charter to the MBA and spent a great deal of time speaking to those present including a lively discussion with a number of marine biology students.


HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh attends an evening celebrating...

The Marine Biologist magazine: Arctic Special Issue is Open Access

Posted on Apr 6, 2021

The changing Arctic Ocean and new research in the UK and Russia

The Arctic Ocean is the fastest warming region on Earth. In the new Special Issue of The Marine Biologist magazine we focus on concerted international scientific efforts to better understand the changing Arctic Ocean. Access to The Marine Biologist magazine is usually an exclusive benefit of MBA membership, however, for a limited period we are releasing this Special Issue on Open Access.

From phytoplankton to polar bears and permafrost, the stories and images from UK and Russian contributors give an authentic flavour of this cold and remote ocean, and its global importance. Highlights include Changing Arctic Ocean projects with close links with researchers in Russia, an article on MOSAiC , the biggest Arctic expedition in history, and a conversation with Professor...

Anne Warner Fellowship Supports Research into the Evolution of Early Branching Metazoans

Posted on Mar 31, 2021

In October 2018, a new Research Fellow Dr Vengamanaidu (Venky) Modepalli arrived at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) with a goal to understand the evolution of early life forms at the molecular and genomic level and its impact on current animal diversity. Over the past years, Venky’s research has been supported by the Anne Warner Research Fellowship, established following a substantial legacy being bequeathed to the MBA by eminent scientist Professor Anne Warner FRS in 2012. Following a recent memoir published by the Royal Society, we’re taking a look at Anne’s ongoing contributions to research at the MBA.

anne_warner_scientist.jpg venky.jpg Anne in her laboratory in the early 1990s (left), and Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli (right).

Anne Warner was Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at University College London and a former Foulerton Professor of the Royal Society. She...

The Plymouth Blitz: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the bombing of the MBA

Posted on Mar 17, 2021

The 20 th of March 2021 marks 80 years since the bombing of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) during the Plymouth Blitz in 1941.

Today we’re sharing stories from the day from our Director, Willie Wilson, and staff member Rob Camp, whose great uncle was a warden in the city during the Blitz.

mba_building_bombed_in_1941.jpg war_damage_1941.jpg The MBA was partly destroyed by fire.

Stanley Wells Kemp FRS was Director of the MBA from 1936 to 1945. At the time, the Director and his family resided at the building. On the evening of the 20 th of March the alert was sounded, and it quickly became apparent that an attack was taking place as hundreds of incendiaries were dropped on the city. As Dr Kemp and the fire guards searched the building, a familiar whine was heard and a bomb struck right outside of the Director’s kitchen window, and another close to the front door....

YMB Ocean Decade Writing Challenge - Winners and Runners-Up!

Posted on Mar 8, 2021

The Ocean Decade Writing Challenge asked contestants to consider the many possibilities that could take place within the UN Decade of Ocean Science (2021 – 2030).

What could change in science or the way we use and protect the ocean? What might be discovered? Contestants could even explore their own personal relationship with the ocean; their imagination and creativity could run wild!

We received so many fantastic entries, and we would like to extend a massive thank you not only to the contestants for writing such interesting pieces, but also to our amazing panel of judges. The winning entries and three runners up in each category will receive a selection of prizes from the MBA, as well as the opportunity to be published in The Marine Biologist magazine and the Guardian’s Seascape .

Winner of the 14 and under age category - Ellie Sillar

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