Long lasting and profound impact

MBA research has had an important influence on many aspects of our daily lives

The MBA has long been recognised for its fundamental marine biological research that has advanced the frontiers of knowledge, in areas from cell signalling and neurobiology through to ecology and biological oceanography.

As well as making a profound impact on our understanding of the natural world, MBA research has made positive impacts on people, societies, their health and well-being, and the planet. Here are some examples of those impacts.

New field study underpins designation of Marine Conservation Zones

Geospatial surveying and mapping of species and habitats has resulted in the formal designation of the three Marine Conservation Zones in English waters.

MarClim® project time-series data contributes to national monitoring

Long-term ecological research of UK coast species quantifies effects of climate change on species range distributions and informs national monitoring.

Identifying high-risk hotspots for marine non-native species

Extensive surveys highlight the importance of marinas and leisure-boat traffic in the management of marine non-native species.

Using satellite tags to protect threatened sharks

Research at the MBA using satellite transmitters to track the movements of basking sharks resulted in key data underpinning international protection measures.

Historical impact: Sex changes caused by toxic paint led to international bans

MBA research demonstrating how toxic anti-fouling paints used on boats resulted in population crashes of marine snails led to worldwide bans on their use.

Historical impact: Discoveries with the squid giant axon led to the origins of modern neurobiology

A ground-breaking experiment undertaken at the Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association by Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley helped launch a golden era of neurobiology.