Issue 11 published October 2018

Issue 11 Contents

In brief

Research digests

Shared learning experiences at sea to help conserve the 
North Atlantic right whale
Kim Davies
Pinnacles of life Gemma and Ben Cresswell
So many dead sharks, so little time Joe DeRisi and Hanna Retallack
Beauty in the dark Francesco Enrichetti, Margherita Toma and Marzia Bo
The “very interesting” Celtic sea-slug Mike Kent
Pink salmon and their plankton prey Sonia Batten, Greg Ruggerone and Ivonne Ortiz
Commotion in the ocean Rebecca Faulkner


Less talk and more action: the Commonwealth Blue Charter moves into high gear Interview with Jeff Ardron
Ensuring our voice is heard Matt Frost
Caught in 'the Act' Craig Loughlin and Shaun Nicholson


Microbes require micronutrients too Katherine Helliwell
Electromagnetic fields and the invisible threat to seabed species Kevin Scott
The ocean microbiome; a biological engine that 
rules the waves
Michael Cunliffe
A once-untouched world, now under threat? Emily Hardisty
Marine science at the gateway to the Patagonian fjords Matt Lee

Sharing marine science

And the winners are... MBA student bursary awardee reports
To present science is human, to communicate science 
is divine
Stacy A. Krueger-Hadfield


From drones to the DNA in a shrimp's gut, our capacity to observe the ocean seems to be limited only by our imagination. All this accumulating data is potential evidence in support of sustainable management of the marine environment.

A warm welcome to The Marine Biologist magazine. A full range of material awaits, including brain-eating parasites, entangled cetaceans, trophic cascades, and more.

The future ocean can look like a scary place: hotter, more acidic and breathless. In the wake of stories about longer and more frequent marine heatwaves our cover story (page 10) looks into the effects of a warmer future in Antarctica.

So, here we are at issue ten of The Marine Biologist magazine, proud to have published over 130 original, informative and inspiring articles spanning all aspects of the discipline, written by

Whether this finds you in an austral spring, a boreal autumn, or a tropical monsoon, we wish you a warm welcome to The Marine Biologist magazine. 

The 9th of January marked the beginning of a whole new experience, the day I became the Communications Assistant at the Marine Biological Association.

March is women’s history month and we thought it was appropriate to dedicate an article to women in marine science. It is not a secret that science (and related subjects) has had gender inequality right from the outset. But we should celebrate the successes and appreciate the efforts of those who have campaigned for equality over the past century.

Phil Williamson responds to “Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism” by James Delingpole, published in The Spectator 30 April 2016

The Marine Biologist magazine features articles drawn from the scientific literature, including the JMBA.

I’ve been lucky enough to be at the Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs conference, and I thought I’d share a few highlights.