Young Marine Biologist 

Young Marine Biologist (YMB) is the MBA's membership category dedicated to those of you passionate about marine biology aged under 18. Get involved!

Young Marine Biologist (YMB) is the MBA's membership category dedicated to those of you passionate about marine biology aged under 18. MBA members are part of a global community of marine biologists and, through YMB, enthusiastic young members are welcomed into this community.

By choosing to become a Young Marine Biologist, as well as joining a global community of marine biologists, you are supporting our research, education and outreach work dedicated to better understanding all aspects of life in the sea. In return, we are comitted and look forward to helping you through taking important first steps in beginning a career in marine biology. Here is how we can help:

  • Receive relevant careers information in your welcome pack and throughout your time as a YMB;
  • Stay up-to-date with developments in the field of marine biology by receiving free copies of The Marine Biologist, the MBA’s popular science publication;
  • Enjoy opportunities to gain and develop important skills that will help you pursue a career in marine biology with access to bursaries and discounts on MBA-led training courses;
  • Be an active member of the community by submitting articles, photos, comments etc for publication in the monthly YMB Blog;
  • Meet other like-minded people by attending Member only survey days (e.g Box Cores on Sandy ShoresEstuarine Oyster Survey) and other MBA-led events;
  • Be proud to be a YMB with the exclusive limited edition ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ kit bag included in your welcome pack. Renewing members receive an MBA snood!
  • Keep your knowledge and enthusiasm for the marine environment alive by making the most of the FREE ENTRY to the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, an exclusive YMB member benefit.

Whether you are beginning a career in marine biology or looking to develop knowledge of the subject to support your studies, MBA membership will give you what you need.


Being a member of the MBA means you're part of a dynamic and dedicated community working to promote research into all aspects of life in the sea. As well as supporting our work, membership also gets you these exclusive benefits including:



YMB is for anyone under the age of 18 who is interested in marine biology.



Our YMB membership is fantastic value at £12.50 per year!  


How to join

Simply fill in the online form below or email the Membership Secretary to request a printable form.

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This page brings you the stories of former YMB members who have now progressed onto university studies and student membership. We hope you will enjoy hearing of their passion and career choices and that this may help you in your marine biology pursuit.

Marine biology has always been a passion of mine from a young age and I knew it was a career path I would always want to follow. I studied all of the relevant science options in school and did as much research as I could outside of school. This really helped boost my knowledge of the subject and it also made me more and more enthusiastic with every book I read or documentary I watched. I would visit aquariums at any opportunity and got involved in the marine science community in any way I could.

I joined the Marine Biological Association as a Young Marine Biologist and this provided many opportunities that I wouldn’t have known about had it not been for the MBA. Receiving The Marine Biologist magazine also improved my knowledge of marine science and gave me access to new, relevant and exciting marine research. Recently I have started my studies at Plymouth University for a degree in Marine Biology and so far I am loving it! I have also recently progressed to a student membership because of this and there are a multitude of opportunities awaiting me – the membership discounts for training courses and conferences, networking opportunities and career development opportunities will greatly benefit me in my time at university and as I progress in my career in marine biology.

For anyone aspiring to a career in marine biology, don’t let anything stop you! I’m so lucky that I can now say I’m following my dream and doing what I have always wanted.

Georgia Woolf-Holloway

My name is Caitlin, and I’m studying Marine Biology at Plymouth University. As a child in a land-locked town, coastal trips were a rare excitement which had me scouring rock pools, searching for the secrets that lay within. Finding the incredible diversity of life in the world’s oceans ignited my passion for Marine Biology.

Ever since, I have been hooked on the subject, and have seized every opportunity to study the ocean; the YMB helped me to achieve this. The huge wealth of knowledge available, especially in the learning zone, is intriguing and stimulating. Receiving The Marine Biologist magazine is also a fantastic way to increase understanding and involvement. It encouraged me to seek further opportunities, including participating in an internship at the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU), and undertaking further research into areas such as ocean acidification. Even on my school field trip to Anglesey, I was enthusing over our study of dog whelks, unlike the other cold, miserable students!

The opportunities on offer at the MBA all year round, coupled with these sources of inspiration, have definitely helped me to start my journey to becoming a marine biologist. Student membership at the MBA has enhanced my prospects, opening more opportunities for me to enrich my degree and better my understanding. The oceans are of immense and increasing importance to humanity, the work at the MBA certainly highlights this. It is vital that more young marine biologists take a stand for our seas: our future depends on it!

Caitlin McAndry

Marine biology has always been part of my life, as I grew up in a little Welsh fishing village. My interests grew, I decided that I had to do a marine biology degree. I looked for activities and volunteering opportunities which would help me to get a place at university. The earlier I started volunteering, the more I could do before I reached university, therefore if I didn’t make the grade requirements my passion and experience might pull me through. This is how I came across the MBA. Being a Young Marine Biologist helped inspire me and gave me great contacts to do marine related work experience and volunteering. Soon after I joined, I got involved in volunteering such as with the HWDT and many others. Without the MBA’s enthusiasm and contacts within marine biology I might not be where I am now.

On another note the YMB scheme gave great information about choosing A levels. These were helpful as it helped me decide my A levels, which got me into university to study Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology. The Marine Biologist magazine was also great for reading, keeping up to date with new and interesting science. Some of which even assisted me in tackling some interview questions for university.

Now I’m at university and have re-joined the MBA as a Student member, it’s still providing me with great information and volunteering opportunities, which can now aid me in progressing to receive my degree and eventually become a marine biologist.

Alys Perry

July 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! I hope you will join me in celebrating the news I bring for you today - The YMB Summit 2017 tickets are now available for sale - continue reading for more information. Also this month, the Blog brings you a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell with his latest discoveries. Last but not least, I remind you that nominations for the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information are still open, and share with you an interesting video...

May 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on May 26, 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! We are still busy working behind the scenes planning the exclusive YMB Summit event for you, which will take place on 28th October 2017. So this month’s Blog brings you some brief marine biology news, a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell and some interesting opportunities for you. I hope you will enjoy this month's reading.

And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as...

April 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on Apr 13, 2017

Welcome to the April 2017 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! You might be wondering why have we been so quiet with the YMB updates? Well, we have been busy working behind the scenes planning an exclusive event for you. We are delighted to announce that the first YMB Summit will take place on 28th October 2017 and we would like to see as many of you there as possible. This month’s Blog also brings you a flashback to the Marine Biologist for a Day event that took place last month, with a Member...

January 2017 YMB Blog

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Necora puber, velvet swimming crab, devil's crab
Welcome to 2017 and the January YMB Blog!

Hello and Happy New Year YMB Members! First of all, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Festive Season and are looking forward to the adventures and challenges ahead. This month’s Blog brings you the usual exciting marine biology news and a very interesting, and hopefully inspiring article from YMB member Stephen Cheung. A very big thank you to Stephen for sharing his story. Additionally, because Winter is in full swing, and it has been particularly cold...

December 2016 YMB Blog

Posted on Dec 17, 2016

YMB, competition, Christmas
Welcome to the December YMB Blog!

Season’s Greetings and welcome to the December YMB Blog! There are some very exciting marine biology headlines to report this month that we hope you will enjoy reading about. In the Member Article section, we hear from former YMB members Georgia, Caitlin and Alys who have now moved on to become Student members and have some inspiring stories to share with you. Additionally, the time has come to announce the winner of the first ever YMB Competition, and to...

November 2016 YMB Blog

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

YMB, Sealife, hammerhead shark
Welcome to the November YMB Blog!

Hello and welcome to the November YMB Blog! We hope you were looking forward to this month’s updates? So for you, this month we have some very exciting marine biology news and yet another YMB Member Article. Additionally, we would like to invite you to the upcoming member-only event taking place in December and remind you that you are invited to enter the first ever YMB Competition. We have already received some very impressive Christmas card designs and are...

October 2016 YMB Blog

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

marine christmas, competition, art
Welcome to the October YMB Blog!

Hello and welcome to the October YMB Blog! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s stories? This month we have not only the usual exciting marine biology news and our second YMB Member Article for you but also some new features we hope you will enjoy such a species highlights section and some festive news. Continue reading to find out more.

And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as...


YMB Summit 2018

Following a successful pilot in 2017, the MBA is delighted to invite 12-18 year olds passionate about marine biology and keen to gain valuable experience to attend the second edition of the Young Marine Biologist Summit. This 1-day event consisting of talks, workshops and a careers Q&A is the perfect opportunity to discover what to expect on your journey towards a successful marine biology career and help you make well-informed decisions.

This initiative reflects our commitment to continue nurturing young people’s passion and enthusiasm for marine biology with the aims:

  • To facilitate inclusion of young members in the marine biology community;
  • To provide opportunities for networking, and meeting other marine biologists and representatives from marine biology course providers.

What to expect:

  • Talks from inspirational marine biologists
  • Sea Changers workshop
  • Meet other like-minded members
  • A careers Q&A session

Sea Changers workshop: In 2018, we are fortunate to have secured Sea Changers funding to run a special workshop to showcase and share practical knowledge on how to successfully become an advocate of marine conservation. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and be inspired by marine conservation champions, who will be sharing stories and top tips on how to make a positive difference for the health of our seas and ocean.

Make the most of this opportunity: We strongly encourage YOU to present at the event, either by giving a brief talk (10 minutes) or bringing a poster on a topic of your choice. This is an excellent safe and friendly environment to practice key communication skills. There are a limited number of bursaries to help you with the cost of your ticket if you present at the event, kindly sponsored by George Allen, a marine biology student from the University of Plymouth. To apply or for more information, please contact us by emailing

How to apply for a bursary: submit a short 1 paragraph (up to 150 words) summary of the topic you intend to present on, and why it is important, by sending an email to no later than 7th November 2018. This process is designed to mimic the submission of an abstract for presentation at a conference, which is a process marine biologists experience on a regular basis throughout their professional careers.

Event Information:

When: Sunday 25th November 2018, 9.30 - 16.30 

Where: 65 Queen’s Gate                                                             Baden-Powell House                                                       London                                                                            SW7 5JS 

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Tickets cost £40 per person and include: talks, workshops, welcome pack; sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout. If you feel this may be a problem, please do get in touch - we are looking for sponsorship to support members to attend.

YMB members enjoy a 20% discount!

For more information please contact us by emailing

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