Issue 2. Published April 2014.
In this Royal Charter edition we look at the importance of marine laboratories past, present and future, together with the usual articles by leading marine biologists covering a wide range of topics.

We are delighted to present an article Planet earth’s blue heart by Sylvia Earle on sharing knowledge and improving the public perception of the oceans.

Issue 2 of The Marine Biologist is now available to


02 Editorial
04 In brief

A Royal Charter for The Marine Biological Association

06 Onwards and upwards for marine Biology by Matt Frost
08 Big, blue and beautiful by Sylvia Earle and Dan Laffoley
Why exploring and valuing planet Earth’s blue heart is the key to future wealth, health and happiness
12 “The wheel comes full circle” marine laboratories past, present and future by Mike Thorndyke and Fiona McGowan
A fascinating look at how the role of marine laboratories has changed through time.

Science letters

16 Power from the sea: stepping stones for non-native species? by Chris Nall
New pathways for the introduction and spread of non-native species.
18 Refugia in the ‘twilight zone’ by Sonia J. Rowley
Advanced scuba rebreathers facilitate discoveries in the Philippines
20 Mapping the treasures of the deep sea by Laurence De Clippele, Veerle Huvenne and Murray Roberts
Joining forces to map cold-water coral habitats.

Environment and conservation

22 From equator to ice: environmental science in the south Atlantic by Deborah Davidson and Paul Brickle
A new research institute oversees marine biodiversity and environmental management. Read the full article.
26 Has marine conservation in Wales lost its way? by Blaise Bullimore
Despite the success of the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve marine conservation in Wales is struggling.
29 His world is oysters by Clive Askew
Reflections on a career in commercial bivalve aquaculture
32 A traditional fishery enters a new era by Guy Baker
We look at an artisanal fishery for native oysters in south west England.
33 A new chapter in a remarkable history by Pamela Clapp Hinkle
The Marine Biological Laboratory celebrates 125 years and a new partnership.

Sharing marine science

36 So you want to be a marine biologist? by Jack Sewell
Introducing ‘Young Marine Biologist’ MBA membership for
the next generation.
37 Reviews
Reviews of recent books, films and all things marine.
Blackfish (2013) Director: Gabriella Cowperthwaite. By Matt Frost.

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.