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

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.

With Issue 4 out there and some time before Issue 5 needs my full attention, we have been thinking about how to promote The Marine Biologist magazine more widely (w

When I was 5 years old, I was given a copy of a book called The Fishes by 

I am excited about the really excellent content for issue 3.

Typesetting is one of those jobs that can be 80% done quite quickly but the final 20% takes an age.