Maya Plass

Maya is Head of Communications. She will oversee the development of the communications programme of the MBA and will be committed to ensuring the MBA acts as the primary voice on behalf of the marine biological community. 

Maya will increase the MBA’s visibility through staff training, increasing media outputs and targeted marketing in support of the strategic goals. She will oversee delivery of the annual report, The Marine Biologist magazine, branding and promotional material and communications strategies. 

Maya has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (University of Plymouth) and an MSC in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Bournemouth University). Her career started by reviewing the coastal tourism of Peninsula Valdes, Argentina followed by working on a European water catchment project for Devon County Council. She went on to establish her own venture “Learn To Sea” in 2008 which led her to become an author, media broadcaster and an independent voice for our marine environment. Her media platform and passion for communicating the importance of life in the ocean and its vital role to society led her to become patron of marine charities. 


Maya has extensive experience in media communications. She has published two books (RSPB Handbook of the Seashore, Seashore Watchers) and written numerous marine articles for a variety of national magazines. She has also presented on BBC nature programmes and recently received an Honorary Fellow of the British Naturalist Association for her dedication to communicating marine science.   

Head of Communications
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