Can the UK remain a world leader in marine science post-Brexit?

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

A Minister for the Marine Environment is amongst recommendations from the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and the British Ecological Society (BES) following a joint workshop which brought their members together to identify how the UK can remain a world leader in marine science post-Brexit.

Hosted in October 2017, the workshop highlighted a set of recommendations to improve prospects for marine science and policy in the UK after Brexit:

Appoint a Minister for the Marine Environment Monitoring, management and enforcement should be adequately resourced A re-organisation of funding mechanisms post-Brexit

Discussions centred around finding significant funding (particularly those funds currently resourced from the European Union (EU)); global research and collaboration; marine environmental protection; and using Brexit as an opportunity to strengthen policy links....

Long-term monitoring reveals how pink salmon influence their food supply in a region of the north Pacific ocean

Posted on May 25, 2018

Scientists have discovered that a single, exceptionally abundant fish species can impact the food supply in an entire region with consequences for other species and for the way marine resources are managed.

The scientists, led by the Marine Biological Association’s Dr Sonia Batten , used a continuous plankton recorder (CPR) which is towed behind commercial ships, to collect plankton data during summer months between 2000 and 2014, across 1000s of kilometers of the southern Bering Sea and North Pacific. Pink salmon are exceptionally abundant in odd-numbered years (up to 650 million adult fish), owing to their two-year life history, and they represent nearly 70% of all Pacific salmon. Pink salmon are more abundant now than ever since comprehensive monitoring began in 1925 and they consume significant amounts of zooplankton as they migrate throughout the study region. The study...

MP visits the Marine Biological Association

Posted on May 23, 2018

Last year Dr Matt Frost spent a week in parliament shadowing the local southeast Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray. On Tuesday May 29 it is her turn to shadow Dr Frost.

Sheryll Murray will spend the day at the Marine Biological Association's Plymouth laboratory learning about science-policy interactions, meeting experts who can provide evidence on policy issues, and find out about the science behind the issues raised by her constituents.

The visits are part of a Royal Society scheme pairing scientists with policy-makers that gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds.

Professor Willie Wilson will lead the Marine Biological Association forward into its next exciting phase

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

Professor Willie Wilson has been appointed as the new Director of the Marine Biological Association.

Building on his success as Director of the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in the US, then Director of SAHFOS home of the CPR Survey, Prof Wilson has been appointed as Director of MBA. His vision is to ensure the MBA is one of the most widely recognised and respected marine biology organisations in the world. Prof Wilson describes himself as a “virus evangelist”. His research focuses on the diverse roles of marine viruses including algal viruses, giant viruses, coral viruses, persistent virus infections, and the paradox of how viruses are necessary for life.

The appointment happens at a particularly exciting time in our long and illustrious history, as we join forces with The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey .


Plymouth science institutions merge, promising a stronger future for marine biology

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

The Marine Biological Association and The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (CPR Survey) – both internationally renowned for the quality of their science – have joined forces.

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has incorporated the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey – previously SAHFOS (the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science). Both organisations can demonstrate global impact: the MBA was established in 1884 and counts seven Nobel Prize winners among those who have worked there. In 2013 the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its long and eminent history and its status within the field of marine biology. SAHFOS is an international non-profit organisation operating global surveys that measure the ecological health of the ocean using marine plankton. Its international hub is based at the Citadel Hill Laboratory on the Hoe.

As a result of...

First Field Studies Council & MBA Marine Science Camp of 2018

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

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Flatford Mill Marine Science Camp February 24th and 25th 2018

As the 'Beast from the East' was scratching at the door of the UK and temperatures were taking a nose dive, a group of Field Studies Council instructors and MBA scientists spent a weekend on the shore of the east coast in Suffolk, with young people braving the elements for an immersive crash course in marine biology. The two day experience was the first in program of camps being held around the country this coming year by the Field Studies Council who have teamed up with the MBA to run a series of Marine Science Camps (More Details Here) at centres around the UK.

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Saturday started with the usual introductions and briefings, but we quickly loaded the minibus and headed for an estuary site at Holbrook. The group explored and surveyed the...

International Recognition for MBA Data Team

Posted on Feb 27, 2018

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The MBA Data Team has been accredited as an Associated Data Unit of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and becomes the UK node for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).

Effective data management ensures the best available evidence is accessible to support management, education, research and policy development. Working with international partners to establish and promote standards and best practice the MBA Data Team is at the heart of efforts to ensure marine biological data are collected and stored in a manner that facilitates future reuse; maximizing the initial investment and leveraging additional value.

The accreditation reflects the pivotal role the MBA plays in the management of the UK’s marine biological data resources and its global profile as a centre of excellence for marine data management.

The MBA has a...