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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.

The origin of nervous systems

Author:
Pawel Burkhardt
Category:
Evolution
Model organism

Fish poo and the climate challenge

Angela Martin looks at the science behind the headlines
Author:
Angela Martin
Category:
Megafauna
Biogeochemical cycling
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine policy
d smale

A career in marine biology

Marine biology is the study of all aspects of life in the sea and the environment on which it depends. The main aims are to improve our understanding of the marine world and to understand and predict changes in ecosystems affected by human and natural disturbances.

Author:
Paul Greer
Category:
Careers in marine biology
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Moving sushi

Following the dramatic appearance of a large bluefin tuna shoal off the coast of Cornwall,UK, this article summarises the history of bluefin fisheries and discusses possible reasons for this unusual occurrence.  

Author:
Tom Horton
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Megafauna
Silvia Earle submersible record

Planet earth's blue heart

Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley provide insights into the problems our blue planet faces, and offer big ideas about what we can do to help.

Author:
Sylvia Earle and Dan Lafolley
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
technology
Paul Rose, Sharks

Going for it: Paul Rose talks about opportunities, communication and pristine seas

Paul Rose is an explorer and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts. He is Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions and has just finished his second term as Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Marine Biologist caught up with him between expeditions.
Author:
Paul Rose
Category:
Interview
Pollution
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
Fishing & aquaculture
Careers in marine biology
intertidal zone

Forecasting and communicating climate change impacts on marine systems

The long term nature of climate change generates challenges in communicating the related research. Lack of trust and over generalisations are discussed in this article by Nova Mieszkowska and Brian Helmuth, along with solutions to ease the communication barrier between scientists and non-scientists.

Author:
Nova Mieszkowska and Brian Helmuth.
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Ecology
Habitat protection and loss

The US gets serious on global ocean health

Phil Williamson and Carol Turley report from the “Our Ocean” conference hosted by John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in June.
Author:
Phil Williamson and Carol Turley
Category:
Marine policy
Fishing & aquaculture
Pollution
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Marine Protected Area

Evidence: the key to local marine conservation

The Intertidal Discovery project has completed the first ever baseline survey of intertidal habitats for conservation and public benefit along the coast of north Cornwall, England. Martin Goodall explains the background to this work.
Author:
Martin Goodall
Category:
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy
technology

Seeing in the dark: eye reduction and loss in deep-sea snails

Animals live in darkness all over the world. Whether they live in caves, burrows or the ocean abyss, they share many common features such as a lack of coloration and long, slender limbs and antennae. The loss of eyesight is one of the most profound and widely-reported of these. Over 150 years ago, this phenomenon was a source of frustration for Darwin, who could not understand any disadvantage to eyesight and decided the loss of eyes must be ‘attributed wholly to disuse’.

Author:
Lauren Sumner-Rooney
Category:
Evolution

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Submissions

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:

  • new (or that have a new take on an existing subject)
  • relevant to current ocean issues
  • accurate and well written

Guidelines for contributors:

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 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.

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