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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

Dreaming of a digital ocean

The Earth, the Blue planet, is so called because its largest biotope is a vast and deep intertwined blue expanse of salted oceans and seas. This liquid is filled with trillions of living organisms that are mostly invisible to the naked eye. These life forms have allowed us to breathe and to conquer terrestrial habitats. They are our ancestors, the rocks we use to build our homes, the oils we use to fuel our society, the food we eat (or the food of our food), and they may also hold the key to a healthy future for our planet in these troubling times of climate change.

Eric Röttinger, Aldine R. Amiel, Noan Le Bescot, Luis Gutierrez-Heredia, Peter Flood and Emmanuel G. Reynaud
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Citizen science

Too hot in paradise!

Despite a traditional and sustainable approach to managing resources, a remote Pacific atoll finds itself on the front line of a warming world.

By Michael White.

Tongareva (09° South; 158° West) is the largest and remotest atoll in the Cook Islands. The population is small, living in two villages, with a mainly subsistence lifestyle gathering food and daily resources from nature. There is a peripheral need for money to pay power and phone-bills and order bulk cargo, such as rice, flour and coffee, from Hawai’i. Shipping, however, is rare.

Michael White
Climate change & Ocean acidification

Editorial, Issue 10

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 looks into the effects of a warmer future in Antarctica. A topic that will be surfacing more frequently is that of low oxygen zones and we are delighted to have internationally recognized expert Nancy Rabalais to update us on the increasing problem of hypoxia in coastal waters. Secreting a shell is getting more difficult in acidifying seas and MBA researchers present a timely opportunity for you to bone up on your knowledge of mineralization.

Guy Baker

Inside the squid giant axon

Summer 2014 marked the 75th anniversary of a ground-breaking experiment undertaken at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association by Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley that helped launch a golden era of neurobiology.

Professor David Sims
Model organism
Blue shark on longline Atlantic © Marine Biological Association

Secretive sharks of the open ocean

Blue stretched down as far as could be seen, illuminated by shifting shafts of down-welling light. Gazing down through this drop in the ocean I’d expected to see something, but nothing moved across the void, nor had it for hours. A container ship, like a skyscraper on its side, churned past us a few miles away. Then from the deep a shape glanced across the corner of my eye, there and not there at the same time. Coming back into view, a sleek, torpedo shape with a sinuous movement, well camouflaged against the inky backdrop: it was a large blue shark.

David Sims
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine Protected Area
© the University of Hull

Could studying marine biology at Hull be a gateway to your future?

Our series of articles on degree courses in marine biology aims to help you choose the right course in the right place. In this edition the spotlight turns to Hull in East Yorkshire, England. By Sue Hull.
Dr Sue Hull
Careers in marine biology
Exploring the shore at Porthleven after the spill

The 50th Anniversary of an environmental disaster

The tanker Torrey Canyon struck the Seven Stones Reef off Land’s End, Cornwall in south west England, on 18 March 1967 and the cargo of about 119,000 tonnes of Kuwait crude oil started to escape from the damaged ship immediately (Fig.1). The government and armed forces took charge of clean-up operations after attempts to tow the wreck off the reef failed, and oil dispersants (detergents) were sprayed on the oil slick from Royal Navy ships and others.
Eve Southward

Evolution of the pelagic ecosystem: a history written in tiny teeth

Elizabeth Sibert

The origin of nervous systems

Pawel Burkhardt
Model organism

Fish poo and the climate challenge

Angela Martin looks at the science behind the headlines
Angela Martin
Biogeochemical cycling
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine policy


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We welcome submissions of articles about marine life. We will consider reviews of scientific literature, opinion pieces, letters, reviews of books, DVDs etc., poems, art and fiction. Articles should be original and your own work. We are most excited about articles that are:

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Articles should be original, concise and informative and should be much less formal in tone than a scientific paper. We ask authors to use straightforward and clear language, and to avoid jargon. At the same time we welcome depth and detail on science, techniques, taxonomy and so forth where it is appropriate.

A main article for The Marine Biologist magazine would be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length. Shorter pieces are also popular as they help vary the pace of the magazine, and these are very welcome.

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