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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.

Microalgae systematics: can we still fit a square peg in a round hole when new evidence says it is a triangle?

The genomic era may seriously challenge our quest to pigeonhole biological entities into species, write El-Mahdi Bendif and colleagues.
Author:
El-Mahdi Bendif and colleagues.
Category:
Genetics and molecular research
Marine microbes
Taxonomy

Too hot to handle

Ocean heat waves, marine biodiversity and ecosystem structure.

Dan Smale looks at an ocean heat wave that may have long-term consequences for a regional ecosystem. 

Author:
Dan Smale
Category:
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Ecology
Habitat protection and loss

Biological invasions and climate warming

Maria Antonietta PancucciPapadopoulou and colleagues examine the tropicalization of the Mediterranean
Author:
Maria Antonietta PancucciPapadopoulou
Category:
Invasive non-native species
Climate change & Ocean acidification

Are marine phytoplankton in decline?

Phytoplankton produce half of the world’s oxygen, comprise the base of the marine food web, and play an important role in carbon cycling and climate regulation. Changes in phytoplankton communities impact climate processes and all trophic levels of marine ecosystems, from zooplankton to fish to whales.

Author:
Abigail McQuatters-Gollop
Category:
Marine microbes
Climate change & Ocean acidification

A look at current policy developments

The UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) ran a consultation from the 13th December 2012 to 31st March 2013 on proposals for the designation of Marine Conservation Zones. To quote Defra, the response was ‘exceptional’ with over 40,000 responses received (to get an idea of how exceptional this was, a consultation from March to June 2012 on proposals for Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive received a total of 77 responses).

Author:
Matt Frost
Category:
Marine policy
Marine Protected Area

From the crows nest

A leading researcher takes a look at the challenges and opportunities in marine biology. In issue 1, Professor Colin Brownlee writes
Author:
Professor Colin Brownlee is the Director of the Marine Biological Association
Category:
Biogeochemical cycling
Invasive non-native species
Pharmaceutical applications
Marine microbes
Climate change & Ocean acidification
Genetics and molecular research
technology

From equator to ice; environmental science in the south Atlantic

Drs Deborah Davidson and Paul Brickle describe a new research institute that oversees marine biodiversity and environmental management
Author:
Dr Deborah Davidson and Dr Paul Brickle
Category:
Fishing & aquaculture
Biodiversity
Marine Protected Area
Marine policy

Power from the sea: stepping stones for non-native species?

Renewable energy is a growing industry whose viability is increasing as the unsustainability and environmental pressures of conventional energy generation become more apparent. In the UK a large proportion of the future renewable energy production is planned to be generated in the marine environment from offshore wind, wave and tidal stream energy farms. At present there are a number of offshore wind farms already operational and some experimental wave and tidal stream devices are being tested; currently over 90 marine energy farms are planned or already installed.

Author:
Chris Nall (Chris.Nall@uhi.ac.uk) is a PhD Student at the Environment Research Institute.
Category:
Invasive non-native species

Onwards and upwards for Marine Biology

MBA Deputy Director Matt Frost on what the award of the Royal Charter means for the Association
Author:
Matt Frost
Category:
history
Hugh Miller

Working under the ice

Hugh Miller is a marine biologist and cameraman with the BBC’s Natural History Film Unit. In this interview he describes the experience of filming beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Author:
Hugh Miller
Category:
Interview

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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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