Inquiry on Marine Protected Areas

Posted on Nov 1, 2018

Inquiry on Marine Protected Areas

December 2016

The Marine Biological Association, represented by Dr Matthew Frost, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Marine Protection Areas Revisited inquiry.

Inquiry on the implications and opportunities that leaving the EU would have for science and research

Posted on Nov 1, 2018

Inquiry on the implications and opportunities that leaving the EU would have for science and research

August 2016

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the effect that leaving the EU could have on both science and research in the UK.

Inquiry on Sustainable Seas

Posted on Nov 1, 2018

Inquiry on Sustainable Seas

May 2018

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into sustainable seas.

Plymouth hosts global ocean science conference

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

Some of the planet’s leading ocean scientists are gathering in Plymouth this week to discuss some of the key challenges facing the marine environment.

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is holding its annual meeting in the city for the first time, featuring a series of talks and events over four days.

It will include discussions about future projects and research directions, as well as the opportunity for delegates to tour key marine research facilities in the city.

The annual meeting is taking place at the University of Plymouth’s Marine Station, and has been coordinated by a committee that includes representatives from the University, the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).

Around 60 delegates are expected to attend during the four days, coming from leading institutions in the UK and 30 other...

New research highlights management challenges for established invasive species.

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

Understanding population dynamics of established invasive species is important for designing effective management measures and predicting factors such as invasiveness and ecological impact. The kelp Undaria pinnatifid a has spread to most temperate regions of the world; however, a basic understanding of population dynamics is lacking for many regions. In this research, Undaria was monitored for 2 years, at 9 sites, across 3 habitats to investigate habitat-related variation in population structure, reproductive capacity and morphology.

Read the article here .

Find out more about the work of the Smale Group .


The invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida .

BioBlitz Showcase: Inspiring involvement in Citizen Science

Posted on Oct 8, 2018

Join the MBA at the Life on the Yealm showcase event celebrating the diversity of life found in and around the Yealm estuary in South Devon. The event forms part of the National Biology Week activities supported by the Royal Society of Biology .

With its seagrass beds, creeks, sea cliffs and ancient woodlands, the Yealm estuary was the location for the MBA’s 10 th Annual BioBlitz during the Summer. Photos from the BioBlitz will be displayed and talks will showcase the wildlife found in the area, as well as highlighting the importance of other MBA citizen science initiatives.

The event is being held at the WI Hall in Newton Ferrers on Saturday 13 th October from 11am-4pm, with the talks beginning at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund , with coffee/tea and cake being provided. Pop in at any time.


Support the MBA when you shop online

Posted on Oct 2, 2018

Did you know whenever you purchase online – from a weekly shop to a holiday – you could be raising a free donation for us? More than 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury’s will give a donation each time you shop at Easyfundraising. It's free, secure and simple: sign up to:

The Marine Biological Association is a member of Easyfundraising ( ). Working in a way similar to TopCashBack or Quid Co, this is an online cash-back service. Instead of monies being returned to the purchaser they are given to a chosen cause (the Marine Biological Association).

What is it?

A free secure service for supporters that offers a chosen cause a donation each time a signed up supporter shops online using one of the registered retailers (there’s...