Welcome to the July edition of The Marine Biologist magazine, the essential guide to seven tenths of planet Earth! We are proud to present the latest in marine biological research, opinion, and news, as well as a roundup of Association activity.

Our cover story weaves together the ecology of sharks and rays with the history of biogeography to illuminate patterns of diversity. The multi-talented Sarah Popov did the research, wrote the article, and created the beautiful cover artwork especially for this edition.

What would happen if an octopus were enabled to communicate with an artificial intelligence? We introduce an extraordinary project that seeks to explore communication with other life forms.

There is much more inside, including reviews and the fantastic winning entries to the MBA's new competition for young science writers. With the magazine delivered four times a year and a host of other great benefits, why not dive in and join the Marine Biological Association today.

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We are very grateful to the authors who contributed excellent articles for this edition.

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. 

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