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.

Since launch in 2014, YMBs have published articles in the YMB Blog, have written book reviews for The Marine Biologist  magazine, have delivered presentations and workshops at the YMB Summit, have enjoyed discounts and won bursaries to attend our courses and events, responded to consultations to inform future marine policy and many have progressed to become Student Members continuing their journeys to becoming marine biologists.

If this is where you want to be, look no further!

Whether you are beginning a career in marine biology or looking to develop knowledge of the subject to support your studies, your marine biology career starts here… The MBA can help you at every stage of your journey.


Join a global community of marine biologists to discover worldwide opportunities, support marine reseach and raise the profile of the marine environment. As well as supporting our work, Young Marine Biologist Membership to the MBA gets you these exclusive benefits:

  • Stay up-to-date with developments in the field of marine biology with a free online subscription to The Marine Biologist, the MBA’s popular science magazine published four times year
  • Keep your knowledge and enthusiasm alive by making the most of the FREE ENTRY to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, an exclusive YMB member benefit. Note: accompanying members of the party will be charged at the normal admission price
  • Receive relevant careers information in your welcome pack and throughout your time as a YMB
  • 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 and other events including our annual YMB Summit
  • Be an active member of the community and enhance your career prospects with opportunities to publish book reviews in the magazine and by submitting articles, photos, comments etc. for publication in the YMB Blog or The Marine Biologist magazine
  • Free access to the MBA's National Marine Biological Library (NMBL)
  • Meet other like-minded people by attending Member only survey days and training events
  • Be proud to be a YMB with your free welcome gift! Choose from an ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ bag or MBA snood when you sign up
  • As well as many other cross-category benefits listed here  

    Our YMB membership is fantastic value at £15 per year!

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


    Your YMB welcome pack will include a welcome letter and membership card, careers information and a free gift of your choice! Choose from an ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ bag (useful for carrying kit on days out!) or an MBA snood when you sign up.


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    Notice: Association activities remain mostly unaffected by the current corona virus outbreak and we are able to continue welcoming new and servicing existing Members with minimal levels of disruption. However, please allow up to a week for confirmation of your membership. We are keeping our Members informed of any inevitable disruption. If you wish to contact us during this time, please email Thank you for your support of the Association.


    For more details please contact: 

    Membership Office

    The Marine Biological Association

    Citadel Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB, UK


    Phone: +44 (0)1752 426493 (Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm)

    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

    August 2016 YMB Blog

    Posted on Aug 8, 2016

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    Welcome to the YMB Blog page!

    Hello and welcome to the September YMB Blog! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s stories? So today we have lots of exciting marine biology news, information about upcoming events and our first ever YMB Member Article for you. Continue reading to find out more.

    And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos with us. Sharing your...

    The Young Marine Biologist (YMB) Summit is a MBA event for 12-18 years-olds consisting of a series of talks and workshops, networking opportunities and a careers Q&A session. The aims of the event are:

    • 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.

    The 1-day annual event helps fulfil the MBA’s commitment to working as a catalyst for life-long engagement into our ocean, providing young people aspiring to study marine biology with an opportunity to gain experience and make well-informed decisions regarding their career.

    Launched in 2017, the YMB Summit aims to reach the maximum number of young people possible. To this end, the event is held at a new location each year, working with partners locally to showcase opportunities and expertise in marine biology. If you wish to work with us, please contact

    More details coming soon! 

    YMB Summit 2019

    For its third edition, the Young Marine Biologist Summit returned to Plymouth, taking place on Saturday, 14th December 2019. 

    Young people aged 12-18, passionate about the marine environment and eager to gain valuable experience, joined us for a day dedicated to learning about marine biology and about relevant opportunities in the field.

    Climate Change was the main topic for 2019, aiming to help young people navigate this complex subject. Bursaries were available to participants who gave presentations at the Summit, and the rpogramme included four YMB presentations.

    You can read a little summary of the day here.

    We are grateful to the support of all volunteers and organisations involved.

    When: Saturday 14th December 2019, 9.30 - 16.30 

    Where: Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB. Directions here

    Cost: Tickets cost £30 per person and included: talks, workshops, welcome pack; sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout. Young Marine Biologist members enjoy a generous discount on the event fee. If the cost of the ticket is a barrier to you attending, please do get in touch by emailing

    For more information please contact us by emailing


    YMB Summit 2018

    The second edition of the Young Marine Biologist Summit took place on Sunday, 25th November 2018 at the Baden-Powell House, LondonFollowing a successful pilot in 2017, expectations were high for the 1-day event consisting of talks, workshops and a careers Q&A. The second edition of the Summit focused strongly on empowering the next generation of marine biologists by:

    Sea Changers workshop: In 2018, we were 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. Participants meet and were inspired by marine conservation champions, who shared 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 encouraged participants to present at the event, either by giving a brief talk (10 minutes) or bringing a poster on a topic of their choice. We were encouraged by the take up and welcomed 15 young people to the stage to present their work, who made the most of the excellent safe and friendly environment to practice key communication skills. Applicants were invited to apply for a limited number of bursaries to help with the cost of event tickets, kindly sponsored by George Allen, a marine biology student from the University of Plymouth. 

    We would like to thank the exceptional team of staff and volunteers who help shape the event, and valuable support from a number of local organisations, including:


    • Sea Changers
    • Pixalytics
    • Individual donors

    In kind support:

    • National Marione Biological Library
    • Go Jute
    • Pixalytics
    • Bug Life
    • UKHO
    • Karavan
    • Life Turtle Ocean Divers Ltd
    • Marine Conservation Society
    • BioLondon
    • Eco Cuisine

    Details for 2018 were as follows:

    When: Sunday 25th November 2018, 9.30 - 16.30 

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


    YMB Summit 2017

    In 2017, the MBA launched a new initiative for 12-18 year olds passionate about marine biology and keen to gain valuable experience for a career in marine biology. The YMB Summit was a 1 day event set up to provide young people with an opportunity to discover what to expect on their journey to a successful marine biology career and help them make well-informed decisions.

    We strongly encouraged YMB members to present at the event, etheir by giving a brief talk (10 minutes) or bringing a poster on a topic of your choice. This was an excellent safe environment to practice communication skills and we were delighted to host three presentations from YMB members, as well as one poster.

    What to expect: 

    • Talks from inspirational marine biologists
    • Interactive workshops
    • Meet other like-minded members
    • A careers Q&A session

    We would like to thank the exceptional team of staff and volunteers who help shape the event, and valuable support from a number of local organisations, including:


    • Plymouth University Marine Institute
    • Plymouth Sound Diving

    In kind support:

    • Wild Nature Press
    • Field Studies Council
    • National Marione Biological Library
    • Go Jute
    • National Marine Aquarium
    • Pixalytics
    • Rockfish Plymouth
    • Shark Trust
    • Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences
    • Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    Details for 2017 were as follows:


    Saturday 28th October 2017, 10.00 - 17.00 


    Tickets cost £30 per person and include: talks, workshops, welcome pack; sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout.


    The Marine Biological Association
    Citadel Hill                                                          
    PL1 2PB

    Directions here

    For a short summary of the day, including photos, visit our Blog, here 

    For more information please contact us by emailing