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 contributions from leading names in the field, and encourages contributions from early-career writers.

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!

The magazine is one of the benefits of MBA membership. The MBA is a Royal Charter body with a growing membership – notably among young and aspiring marine biologists. We are the voice, and future, of marine biology. Find out more about joining the MBA.

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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.

Onwards and upwards for Marine Biology

MBA Deputy Director Matt Frost on what the award of the Royal Charter means for the Association
Matt Frost
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.
Hugh Miller
Bangor Students Fieldwork

Studying at Bangor: marine biology for life’s explorers

Dr Andrew Davies appeals to budding marine biology students with this article on studying at Bangor University. From ocean-going vessels to local habitats this well connected university prides itself on its inter and multi-disciplinary approach to its teaching where students cover a wide range of skills, proving successful with its high student satisfaction rating.

Dr Andrew Davies
Careers in marine biology
Amberjack farm

Two views on a revolution in aquaculture

Two conflicting accounts discuss the impacts of ocean farming versus wild fisheries. As a growing human population increases the demand for protein what costs are there to the marine environment?

Douglas McCauley, Erin Dillon, Francis Joyce, and Ashley Stroud.
Fishing & aquaculture
Red Sea

Seeking the fountain of youth in the twilight zone

Recent technological advances have led to a dizzying diversity of research possibilities, one of which is anti-ageing exploration. This article describes the process of extraction, discovery and testing of anti-ageing compounds from invertebrates found in the mesophotic zone.

Jamal Ouazzani, Yehuda Benayahu and Ioannis Trougakos.
Pharmaceutical applications
Amy Wright MBA conference

Things I wish I’d known as an undergraduate

Amy wright walks you through useful hints and tips for students attempting to break into marine biology, from volunteering, networking and the benefits of developing a wide range of experience. 

Amy Wright (
Careers in marine biology
Plymouth Sound

Plymouth – a hub of activity for the study of marine life

John Spicer invites students to become a part of one of the greatest concentrations of marine scientists in Europe by studying at Plymouth University. Although fantastic facilities are present there his emphasis is on the quality of scientists and their wealth of knowledge of the marine environment. With a 97% satisfaction rate over 3 flavours of marine biology degrees he encourages open day student participation to witness this for themselves.

John Spicer
Careers in marine biology
Phoronid larvae

Ten years in the making: a comprehensive guide to the marine zooplankton of southern Britain

Dr Dave Conway has spent a lifetime studying zooplankton and over the last ten years has been bringing together identification information from hundreds of original sources into a single resource for anyone with an interest in the zooplankton of north European seas. Kelvin Boot spoke to Dave Conway to find out what lay behind the compilation of the guide to marine zooplankton of southern Britain.
Kelvin Boot
Marine microbes
Portsmouth Students Sampling

Marine biology at the University of Portsmouth

With a maritime history dating back 500 years Portsmouth is described as ideal location to study Marine Biology. Human exploitation and damage of the local marine environment is a key theme within this degree with emphasis on how to restore and protect the varied ecosystems. The university boasts an impressive record of high impact research and exposes students to a multidisciplinary approach to the study of marine biology.

Gordon Watson
Careers in marine biology
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The killer whales of the North Atlantic

Our understanding of killer whale ecology and evolution has come a long way in the last 25 years, but, as Andrew Foote and colleagues explain, there are still many gaps in our knowledge.
Andrew Foote, Sanna Kuningas and Filipa I. P. Samarra
Genetics and molecular research


Advertising space is available in The Marine Biologist magazine.

Everyone is fascinated by the sea

The Marine Biologist is a unique publication appealing to professionals and academics in environmental sciences, students (the marine professionals of the future), and young people. We aspire to be the quality, mass-audience magazine for the ocean.

Why advertise in The Marine Biologist?

  • A unique publication
  • Advertising placed with us reaches professionals and academics in environmental sciences, and students (the marine professionals of the future).
  • Discounts for charities, and low rates with savings on longer-term contracts.

The deadline for inclusion of advertisements in the next edition of The Marine Biologist magazine is May 15, 2020.

For prices and further information please contact

The following organizations have advertised with us:

Cambridge International Examinations


Planet Ocean Ltd


If you have ideas or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

The MBA Publications team

Tel: 01752 426239


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 submissions from anyone regardless of age or level of expertise.

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

Tel: 01752 426239