International working group examines trends and impacts of extreme ocean temperatures

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

MBA Researchers are leading an international effort to bring together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working on extreme climatic events in the oceans. The group, comprising ecologists, oceanographers, fisheries scientists, climatologists and modellers, recently met in Thailand to examine trends in the occurrence of extreme ocean temperatures, which occur during marine heatwaves. They also synthesised existing information on the ecological impacts of marine heatwaves, from individual organisms through to ecosystems.

The Smale Group

Thailand_group.jpg Researchers gather in Thailand to discuss extreme climatic events in the oceans. Dr. Dan Smale is second from the right.

PRIMER version 7 workshop

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

Booking is now open for the 2017 PRIMER version 7 workshop!

Join Dr Paul J. Somerfield for this year's PRIMER version 7 workshop held at the MBA 19 th to 23 rd June 2017. This 5-day course is targeted at ecologists aiming to improve their multivariate data analyses through a mixture of informative lab and lecture sessions using the software PRIMER version 7. The workshop caters for all abilities from beginners to those who wish to keep up to date with the software’s recent improvements. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss and analyse their own datasets too in consultation with the lecturer as well as dedicated time on the Friday afternoon session.

Download the workshop information

Workshop_Info_Plymouth_2017.pdf Workshop_Info_Plymouth_2017.pdf

Download the programme

Programme_Plymouth_2017.pdf Programme_Plymouth_2017.pdf...

New review paper highlights the many ways that kelp species promote and maintain coastal biodiversity

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

A recent review paper led by MBA researchers has provided the first global synthesis on the role of kelp species as habitat-forming organisms. The review demonstrates the many ways in which kelps offer biogenic structure and alter the environment for a vast array of associated flora and fauna, which promotes and maintains high biodiversity levels. The authors also examine current and predicted future threats to habitat-forming kelps and prioritise areas for further research needed to improve understanding of these critical marine habitats.

The Smale Group

The paper can be found here:

Teagle, H., Hawkins, S.J., Moore, P.J. and Smale, D.A. (2017) ‘The role of kelp species as biogenic habitat formers in coastal marine ecosystems’, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology , . doi: 10....

Call for applications for the Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology Workshop

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

CPW poster

The 34th Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology Workshop, hosted by the Marine Biological Association, provides intensive practical experience of a number of microelectrode, patch clamp and optical techniques applied to single cells. The Workshop is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral workers or established scientists wishing to apply these techniques in their research. To find out more and how to apply, please visit

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2017 .


All together now! ASSEMBLE+ will help coordinate European marine biological research

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

The MBA is a partner in The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), the primary infrastructure representing the major European marine biological laboratories. The EU has just announced that ASSEMBLE Plus, a major EU Horizon 2020 proposal coordinated by the EMBRC that addresses the INFRAIA call "Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities" and which is aimed at increasing access for researchers to marine biological laboratories, has been recommended for funding. The project has now entered its negotiation phase. The MBA will play a significant role in moving this initiative forward over the next 4 years.

ASSEMBLE+.JPG Assemble will improve the co-ordination between European marine biological research laboratories (blue circles) and their interaction with European infrastructures (e.g. EMBRC, CORBEL) and Networks (e.g. Euromarine).


PlyMSEF 2017 conference - a great opportunity for early career scientists

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

A great shot of the fantastic group of students, trustees and supervisors who attended #PlyMSEF2017

The Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation conference (PlyMSEF 2017) has been held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory on Thursday 9th February and was open to early career scientists with an interest in marine research. Masters students, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers were invited to contribute through oral or poster presentations.

The closed with presentation prizes and a wine reception to round up the event. Congratulations to Albert Pessarrodona, from the Smale lab at the MBA winning the top prize for best oral presentation and Sarah Nelms from Plymouth Marine Laboratory winning best poster presentation!

Updates from throughout the event can be viewed via Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #PlyMSEF2017 .

C4PKIgoWEAA8pbP.jpg Albert Pessarrodona receiving his prize

UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

UK-German Workshop on Marine Science Communication and Education

28 February / 1 st March

British Embassy Berlin

Our understanding of the ocean and seas is still limited. But it is clear that this eco-system deeply affects our daily lives and human behaviour changes it. It is therefore important that knowledge and understanding about the ocean and the seas is not limited to experts but reaches a wide audience. The workshop will look at trends and ideas in science communication and education to discuss their relevance to the marine area. It will look at mass communication, citizen science and education, and explore how the EU consortium Sea Change is using the concept of Ocean Literacy to achieve a...