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Our phone numbers have changed!

Posted September 07 2016

New staff numbers are here or you can contact us using our old numbers using 01752 426540

Data Engineer Job Vacancy

Posted September 15 2016

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has an unique opportunity for a gifted and innovative Data Engineer to join the internationally renowned MBA Data Team and DASSH, the national archive for marine biodiversity data. The MBA has been providing expertise in marine biology since 1884, has been the base of operations for 12 Nobel Prize recipients, […]

Members of the public and marine biologists team up to collect data on rock pool wildlife in SW Marine Protected Areas

Posted September 12 2016

Researchers at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth are asking for members of the public to join them to help collect data on our fantastic marine wildlife, during their upcoming South West Marine Protected Area project. The project is being led by the national marine “citizen science” program: Capturing Our Coast (, who are collaborating across […]

Ocean warming report launched at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Hawaii

Posted September 05 2016

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is pleased to see the final result of a major endeavour to gather together the best scientific information on climate warming. This global report: Ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences has had substantial input from the Plymouth research community (the Marine Institute, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) and the MBA) and is […]

Second Issue of Sea Change Project News Now Available

Posted July 30 2016

Press Release: July 2016 The second issue of the Sea Change project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website: Sea Change is a three-year EU Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the ocean. Sea Change will […]

Extensive population of carpet sea-squirt found off Herne Bay (South East UK)

Posted July 25 2016


We have recently received a video of an extensive subtidal occurrence of the non-native carpet sea-squirt (Didemnum vexillum). Shot by Debbie Phillips, a member of Canterbury Divers, during a drift dive off Herne Bay on the north Kent coast earlier this month [July 2016], the footage shows an extensive population of the sea squirt, in places covering […]

Sea Change launches new campaign: Our Ocean, Our Health

Posted July 19 2016

The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health. Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean […]

Widespread loss of Australian kelp forest ecosystems following an extreme marine heatwave

Posted July 08 2016

A team of scientists led by the University of Western Australia and including Dr Dan Smale from the Marine Biological Association have documented widespread loss of Australian kelp forest ecosystems following an extreme marine heatwave, with no signs of recovery five years on. The article, published today in the leading international journal Science, analyses data collected from 2001 […]

Statement on the EU referendum from the Marine Biological Association

Posted July 06 2016

Promoting marine biology and excellence in research is central to the mission of the Marine Biological Association (MBA). The recent vote for Britain to leave the European Union raises significant uncertainties surrounding essential funding for the UK marine biology community.  The impact of this goes far beyond the UK as European funding has enabled UK-based […]

MBA Researcher Elected to European Academy

Posted June 30 2016

A Marine Biological Association (MBA) researcher, Prof David Sims, has been elected a member of Academia Europaea, the pan-European academy of science, humanities and letters. At their meeting on 26 June, The Council of the Academia Europaea confirmed the election of Prof Sims, together with a number of other eminent international scholars from across the […]

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