Issue 17 published January 2021

The theme of this edition is The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. By way of an introduction to this important initiative, we are delighted to present an interview with Vladimir Ryabinin, Head of the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO). Expect to hear more as the Decade unfolds!

Our cover story is about the lives of elusive, open-ocean sharks. As mako sharks in particular are fished to dangerously low levels, a global collaboration of scientists races to understand where sharks go and why. This vital research aims to inform the management decisions needed to avert catastrophe for these charismatic and ecologically vital species.

And of course, the usual updates on cutting-edge research, news, reviews, and invitations to get involved with the work of the Marine Biological Association.

Full access is one of the benefits of membership of the MBA, but we are releasing an article from the current edition to give a flavour of the content that members enjoy (see below).


In brief

Research digests

Algae and global food security Charlotte Walker
Evolutionary rescue in a century? Katharine Clayton and John Spicer


Networks of opportunity? Matt Frost, Stephen de Mora, and Bev MacKenzie
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development An interview with Vladimir Ryabinin
Vast Oceania Michael White

 John Humphreys


Tracking sharks' global hangouts David Sims
Should we continue to kill sharks? Francesca Rolfe
One Ocean Philip C. Reid
Small, semi-endemic cuttlefishes from South Africa Marek Lipinski

Sharing marine science

Taking a special interest in the Mediterranean Sea Arianna Liconti
Dr Eric Corner (1924–2019): an appreciation of his work at the MBA's Citadel Hill Laboratory Colin Kilvington
The pioneer English beluga of 1832 R. B. Williams
Studying Marine Biology at the Scottish Oceans Institute of the University of St Andrews Julie Oswald
New Fellows of the Marine Biological Association
Science Journal for Kids
MBA Training & Event Programme 2021

A very warm welcome, wherever you are, to our first ever January edition!

In this edition we ask, how will we relate to nature and go about science in a fast-changing world? 

A very warm welcome to the first July edition of The Marine Biologist magazine! Since its creation in 2013 the magazine has been very well received and we have been privileged to publish many wonderful and fascinating articles.

We are proud to have published over 190 original, informative, and inspiring articles spanning all aspects of marine biology, written by contributors ranging from world-famous ‘ocean elders’ to volunteers, and scientists at the start of their careers.

Welcome to the latest edition of The Marine Biologist magazine, in which we celebrate the

A warm welcome to issue 13 of The Marine Biologist magazine. As you will have guessed from the cover, this edition has a polar flavour. Climate warming is bringing change faster in the Arctic Ocean than anywhere else on the planet.

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.

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.