Our Membership

The Marine Biological Association is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support.

As a member of the MBA you are part of a dynamic global community of marine biologists from over 40 countries.

Whether you’re a student, professional, or just passionate about marine biology, we have a membership package for you.

Read on for a full list of the benefits you receive as a member.


Why join us?

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Community

Connect with marine biologists across the globe with our online communities, enabling networking, sharing news, research and opportunities for collaboration.

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Subscription to The Marine Biologist magazine

The Marine Biologist is the world’s leading magazine dedicated to the discipline of marine biology. MBA members will enjoy free subscription to this beautiful quarterly publication, bringing readers the latest in research, communication and education, with contributions from leading names in the field.

MyMBA

Access to your own personalised MBA members online area – with ongoing developments to grow and facilitate the global community; including a directory of members, mentoring scheme, online exclusive resources including all previous editions of The Marine Biologist, jobs and careers information.

Access to the NMBL

The National Marine Biological Library (NMBL) is one of the largest marine reference libraries in the world. Holding thousands of scientific journal titles and books, historical literature, expedition reports. MBA Members can make full use of the collections and facilities, including electronic journal access in-house.

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Policy

As a Member of the MBA you have a unique opportunity to steer the future of marine biology through opportunities to influence marine policy.

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Discounts

Discounts for publishing opportunities in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) MBA events, courses and conferences.

Choose a membership

YMB

Under 18 and love marine biology?

Become a Young Marine Biologist.

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£15

per year

monthly payments available

Students

Studying marine biology and registered in full time University education?

Become a Student Member.  

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£25

per year

monthly payments available

Professional

A practising marine biologist or graduate of marine biology?

Become a Professional Member.

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Full price

Post graduate / newly qualified

£45

per year

monthly payments available

£25

per year

monthly payments available

Fellows (FMBA)

If you are a senior practitioners in marine biology and have contributed to marine biology at the highest level.

Join our prestigious Fellows.  

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£120

per year

monthly payments available

Associates

Passionate about marine biology and the future of our ocean?

Become an Associate Member.

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£40

per year

monthly payments available

Jo Langston

Joanna Langston

Head of Membership

Joanna Langston

Head of Membership

Jo Langston

joalan@mba.ac.uk

My role is to support the growth of the association’s membership to help achieve its aim to be the voice of marine biology, through creating and supporting a global community of marine biologists. My background is in developing and managing a range of support services. Prior to joining the MBA I worked within the membership department of an established professional association, which supported 60,000 members in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I also have a lifelong interest in marine conservation and as such I feel incredibly privileged to apply this, along with the knowledge and expertise in membership associations that I have I built-up over the years, to support the profession and those that work within it.

Guy Baker

Guy Baker, Mem.MBA

The Marine Biologist Editor

Guy Baker, Mem.MBA

The Marine Biologist Editor

Guy Baker

Email: guba@mba.ac.uk

lize-gibson

Lize Gibson-Hall BSc, MSc

Training and Events Coordinator

Lize Gibson-Hall BSc, MSc

Training and Events Coordinator

lize-gibson

lizhal@mba.ac.uk

I am delighted to be moving within the Membership team to a new position as Training and Events Coordinator. I completed my undergraduate and masters in marine biology and conservation at Plymouth University and have continued to love the city. I started at the MBA a few years ago helping in the seawater hall and have an especial love for cuttlefish. I also worked with the MarLIN team during my placement year where I discovered a passion for writing and science communication which I hope to take forward in my career. My hobbies include photography, scuba diving, and going to metal gigs.

Cathy Harshaw

Cathy Harshaw, BSc (Hons), APIOL, Mem.MBA

Training and Events Manager

Cathy Harshaw, BSc (Hons), APIOL, Mem.MBA

Training and Events Manager

Cathy Harshaw

cathar@mba.ac.uk

I am responsible for trainings, courses and events both for our members and non-members. I am passionate about bringing people together and creating environments where research, learning and ideas can be shared and collaboration fostered. As a professional coach, experienced educator and Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) the design and delivery of high-quality training programmes for a diverse range of audiences is a skill I am excited to bring to the MBA. My passion for the seas started early, growing up on a beach in North-West Ireland, I spent my childhood rummaging in rock pools. This love of the ocean brought me to Plymouth in 2002 to study at the University of Plymouth. I graduated in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography.

Graham Lang

Membership Services Officer

Graham Lang

Membership Services Officer

gralan@mba.ac.uk

Emily Maher

Emily Maher, Mem.MBA

Professional and Associate Membership Officer

Emily Maher, Mem.MBA

Professional and Associate Membership Officer

Emily Maher

Email: emimil@mba.ac.uk

mairi-milne

Mairi Milne Mem.MBA, BSc

Membership and Editorial Support officer

Mairi Milne Mem.MBA, BSc

Membership and Editorial Support officer

mairi-milne

maimil@mba.ac.uk

In 2021 I graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Ocean Science and Marine Conservation. I have developed a special interest in elasmobranch species and completed my final year dissertation on the ecology and conservation of shark species around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I am also passionate about encouraging people to get outside and learn more about our beautiful blue planet.

Alex Street

Alexandra Street

Senior Membership Officer

Alexandra Street

Senior Membership Officer

Alex Street

alexa@mba.ac.uk

My role as Senior Membership Officer involves servicing a global membership, developing membership engagement and benefits, supporting Learned Society and governance activities and assisting the FMBA Applications Committee. I additionally provide support to the Events team. Originally from Sweden, I celebrate 20 years at the Marine Biological Association in different administrative roles.


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