Plymouth celebrates World Ocean Day, Thursday June 8th

Posted on May 24, 2017

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World Ocean Day is a global event to raise awareness of the wonder and importance of the ocean. The Marine Biological Association will be working with partners locally, nationally and internationally to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8 th with events and exhibitions for all ages

Rocky shore survey with CoCoast , at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach) low tide, for CoCoast volunteers and the public. To join please register here . Crab watch and 'beach desk', at Firestone Bay (Devil's Point beach), from 4.30 am - 6.30 pm, open to the public. A tour of the MBA's research facilities followed by a workshop on Ocean Literacy at the MBA's Citadel Hill laboratory, for the NMA’s Marine Science Club. For more information see the Europe-wide Sea Change project Plankton workshop, Mount Batten Centre, an evening event, for young people on a residential course.

The MBA’s Jon Parr said “...

MBA Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Posted on May 11, 2017

Southern right whale

Short Course: An Introduction to Whale & Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Weekend 24 June - 25 June 2017 @The Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth .

Whales and dolphins have an astonishing variety of behaviors and adaptations to survive and thrive in the marine environment. This course is made up of a series of talks over two days ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behaviour and adaptations, to the history of whaling and current conservation problems for these animals.

Course tutor Dr Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects on every continent. He has published over 140 scientific papers, book chapters and reports and has written a book on marine mammal biology & conservation, which accompanies the course.

This promises to be a...

The European Marine Board sets out its position on Citizen Science

Posted on May 10, 2017

Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

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 .


Surveying the scene, Credit: Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

Sir Geoffrey Holland, 9 May 1938 – 20 April 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017

Sir Geoffrey Holland portrait
Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB

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).


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...

The MBA is pleased to announce the award of two Ray Lankester Fellowships

Posted on May 4, 2017

Sir Edwin Ray Lankester

Sir Edwin Ray Lankester FRS (1847-1929)

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...

Data from citizen scientists reveal how fish biodiversity is linked to sea temperature.

Posted on May 1, 2017

A diverse Caribbean coral reef. Credit: Photo by Daryl Duda

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.

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A 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...

Beach Rangers 2017 needs your support

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

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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.

Local Community Fund