In this edition we ask, how will we relate to nature and go about science in a fast-changing world?
Paul Rose has been involved with The Marine Biologist since its inception. He has years of experience leading exploration and making science possible in the most remote locations, and we are delighted to present his views in our headline article.
A recent UN report says that the world has missed all the Aichi biodiversity targets; what the RSPB describes as ‘a lost decade for nature’. But it is still not too late. Now, more than ever, excellent science must be the bedrock for policy, transdisciplinary collaborations, innovation, and inspiration. Better science communication must reach more of society to promote understanding, protection, and restoration of ocean ecosystems. Our connection with and the profile of the UN Decade of Ocean Science must be promoted, and marine scientists supported, to push messages into society that convey wonder, as well as urgency about the state of the ocean. As MBA Honorary Fellow Sylvia Earle says: ‘I wish you would use all means at your disposal … to save and restore the blue heart of the planet’.
As usual we bring you excellent articles ranging from research into marine fungi to why we need diversity in marine science, via a fascinating reminder of the crucial role of natural history.
All this delivered with the integrity, wit, and positivity we value in our community.
Guy Baker (Editor)