The Marine Biologist is the world’s leading magazine
dedicated to the discipline of marine biology.

Welcome to The Marine Biologist magazine

Keep up with the very latest in marine biological research, careers, education, and policy in our unique magazine. The Marine Biologist attracts submissions from leading names in the field, and encourages contributions from early-career writers. See our submissions guidelines.

We are delighted to announce that we have increased production to four editions a year, bringing readers big-name writers, more ground-breaking research, more news and opinion, and most important of all, more opportunities to get involved.

Back issues of the magazine are now available online via the magazine reader, so you can read The Marine Biologist anytime, anywhere!

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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.

Predictions of unprecedented biological shifts in the global ocean

A new computer model is able to accurately 'predict' past large-scale biological changes, and put them into a global context in a way that hasn't been possible before. Grégory Beaugrand introduces us to the macroscopic approach to ocean observation and its potential to provide early warnings of disruptive biological shifts.

Gregory Beaugrand
Climate change & Ocean acidification

Future Oceans 2 in Brest, France.

MBA Travel Bursary Report | Sara Mynott

Midsummer in Brest. Boats line neatly in the harbour, herring gulls bathe in the fountains and the delicate scent of salted caramel crepes lingers in the air. And, for one week, the town is filled with the buzz and thrill of researchers working at the interface between marine science, policy and society.

Sara Mynott (
Careers in marine biology

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


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We welcome relevant articles, opinion pieces and reviews. See the submissions tab for further information.

Submissions to the magazine

We welcome submissions of articles about marine life and will consider ideas from anyone, regardless of age or background.

The magazine publishes reviews of scientific literature; opinion pieces; letters; reviews of books, movies, and podcasts; poems, art and fiction. Articles should be original and your own work. We are especially interested in articles that are new, or that give an interesting perspective on an existing subject, and that are relevant to current ocean issues.

Guidelines for contributors

Articles should be original and informative, and written for a wide audience that includes academics, students, interested amateurs, and young people. The writing style for the magazine should be concise, but much less formal than that of a scientific paper. We ask that contributors write in the first person, use straightforward language, and avoid jargon. At the same time we welcome depth and detail on science, scientific techniques, and so forth where it is appropriate.

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

Representative, colourful images or graphics will always support a story. You will need to own the copyright of images you submit, or have written permission from the copyright owner to use them in the context of a magazine that will be widely distributed.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for articles.


If you have an idea for an article, or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

The MBA Publications team

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