The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is one of the world’s longest running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support.
Since 1884, the MBA has provided a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community and currently has a growing membership of over 1900 members from over 40 countries. The MBA provides a valuable pathway for evidence and advice to be passed from members and scientists to decision makers, as well as offering a range of engagement, education and training opportunities.
The MBA also runs a leading marine biological research laboratory where many eminent scientists – including twelve Nobel prize winners - have carried out their research.
Currently, the MBA hosts ten senior scientists, who conduct research on a wide range of marine organisms, from viruses, plankton and seaweeds through to invertebrates, finfish and sharks. The scientific questions and approaches are also broad, ranging from understanding processes at the genetic and molecular level through to ecosystem level responses and global patterns of marine biodiversity.
One of the MBA research groups, led by Dr Dan Smale, aims to better understand the ecology of coastal marine habitats, such as kelp forests and seagrass meadows, which support high levels of biodiversity and productivity and provide a wealth of ecosystem goods and services and benefits to humans. This work involves running experiments in controlled conditions in the laboratory, conducting fieldwork on rocky shores during periods of low tides and completing scientific diving operations to run experiments, conduct surveys and collect samples from coastal waters.