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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

NMBL half term closures for external visitors

Posted October 18 2016

For your information the Library will be closed to external visitors on Friday 21st and Monday 24th October due to staff holidays. Staff can access the library at all times during Citadel Hill opening hours.

Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation 30th Annual Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture

Posted October 12 2016

The Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) is delighted to announce that this year’s Plymouth Marine Science Medal Lecture, hosted by the Marine Institute, will be given by invited guest speaker Professor Gideon Henderson from the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University.Wednesday 2 November 2016, Lecture 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, at 6:00 […]

Explore and discover Plymouth’s hidden habitats in a race to record wildlife

Posted October 11 2016

People of all ages are being are being encouraged to take part in the Plymouth BioBlitz, a 24-hour wildlife survey to explore the coastline around Plymouth Hoe, and to help scientists collect valuable species information. The BioBlitz, organised by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in partnership with Plymouth University, will take place from 10 am […]

See what the National Marine Biological Library has to offer in our new short film!

Posted October 04 2016

Watch our new short video promoting the facilities and collections of the National Marine Biological Library, located at the Marine Biological Association, to local university students. Find out more at Filmed and edited by MBA and NMBL staff. Music credit: Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist: […]

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 […]

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