The magazine of the marine biological community

The Marine Biologist is the world’s leading magazine dedicated to the discipline of marine biology. We aim to bring readers the latest in research, communication and education, with contributions from leading names in the field.

Published twice a year in full colour, The Marine Biologist magazine is one of the benefits of membership of the Marine Biological Association. Find out more about joining the MBA.

Issue 7 of The Marine Biologist magazine is out now.

The following back issues are available to read online:

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Issue 1 (pdf). Issue 2 (pdf). Issue_3 (pdf).


Issue 4 (pdf).    

Read articles from the magazine:

Two views on a revolution in aquaculture - Making the case for caution are: Douglas McCauley, Erin Dillon, Francis Joyce, and Ashley Stroud. Proponents of aquaculture are Benjamin S. Halpern and Halley E. Froehlich.

Planet Earth’s blue heart - Why we need to reset how we connect people to the ocean. By Sylvia Earle and Dan Laffoley.

Oceans of change - Fish were larger, more abundant, and catches of big species more varied than today. By Callum Roberts.

Winners and losers in a high CO2 world - the future of north-east Atlantic seaweeds and seagrasses. By Juliet Brodie, Chris Williamson and Jason Hall-Spencer.

7 Responses to “Home”

  1. John Hepburn September 20, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I read my free copy of your new magazine from the EMSEA conference with interest, but a new word baffled me at first – “’omics” – used twice on page 06. I found it in Wikipedia, but will have to work hard to inject it into conversation! Is it widely used in the scientific community?


    John Hepburn

    • editor September 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Dear John,
      Omics is an increasingly widely used term. It is used to describe approaches that measure the whole complement of a particular class of compounds or indeed processes. Thus proteomics refers to the analysis of the whole protein complement (i.e. all of the different proteins) and lipidomics refers to the whole lipid content of a cell or an organism. New techniques allow the entire genetic makeup of an organism (the genome) to be revealed. Systematic genomic analysis of microorganisms and algae opens a window on evolutionary changes in the genetic structure of populations, which can be related to wider environmental changes such as ocean warming and acidification. As Colin Brownlee says in his article in Issue 1 of The Marine Biologist, ‘The advent of omics approaches, coupled with detailed physical and chemical metadata is increasingly allowing “who does what” studies to be applied to marine ecosystems.’

      Metagenomics uses genetic techniques to study all the genomes present in environmental samples (e.g. whole seawater samples). This is providing new perspectives on biodiversity in natural microbial assemblages.

  2. John Hepburn September 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks. I shall look out for it, and any opportunity to air the latest addition to my vocabulary.

  3. Glenn Porritt July 21, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    How can I get subscribe to receiving paper copies of this magazine?

    • Harriet Yates-Smith October 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Glenn

      I am not sure if anyone has replied to your message. If not sorry for the delay. You can get paper copies if you become a member which you can do if you follow this link http://www.mba.ac.uk/membership/

      Many thanks,

  4. Alex Road August 17, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    Can I get a copy of the magazine in India if I become a member of MBA?

    • editor August 17, 2016 at 9:33 am #

      Hello Alex,
      Yes. The MBA has members in around 26 countries and magazines are mailed to all members.
      With regards
      Editor, The Marine Biologist magazine

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