Issue 8. Published April 2017.

Issue 8 contents

In brief

Research digests

Evolution of the pelagic ecosystem: a history written in tiny teeth Elizabeth Sibert
“We’re all individuals!” How identifying individuals can shed light on fish behaviour Paul Naylor


The last giants of the Gulf Michael Fishbach
Where next for camera technology? Anthony Bicknell
The 50th Anniversary of an environmental disaster Eve Southward
PCBs – an unresolved marine mammal problem Robin Law and Paul Jepson
Waking up to Wakeham Matt Frost

Sharing marine science

What is Ocean Literacy? Fiona Crouch, Katharine Clayton and Jon Parr
Marine biological miscellany
Women in marine science Katharine Clayton
Where have all the taxonomists gone? Ellis Moloney
Who are we? A look at the membership of the Marine Biological Association
The 51st European Marine Biology Symposium Matt Frost
And the winners were ... Reports from MBA Bursary awardees


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.