The Marine Biological Association

Promoting marine scientific excellence and representing the marine biological community since 1884

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The activities of the MBA Data Team provide a holistic approach to data archiving and management.  Through close liaison with the scientific community and other providers of marine biological data, the data team is able to offer data management solutions for the effective archiving, manipulation and dissemination of biological data relating to species and habitats, both to MBA research staff and external clients and partner organizations.

MBA Research Data

The MBA has a rich data portfolio with time series data running from 1903-present including phytoplankton, zooplankton, rocky shore species and larval and adult demersal fish.  The time-series data from the MBA contributes to the Western Channel Observatory and more details of the MBA’s data holdings are available on request from

We will be developing an online catalogue listing the data holdings, their temporal and spatial scale and how to obtain them in the coming months.

The Data Team

The Data Team of the MBA provides expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata.  The team operates the national biodiversity Data Archive Centre, DASSH, which is accredited through the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN).  The Data Team supplies advice, tools and resources enabling maximum value to be gained from biological datasets and additionally provides guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance.

For more information about the activities of the Data Team and the services it can provide, contact

Dan Lear, Data Team Leader
+44(0)1752 633291