Contact Person: Jon Parr
Role: Project Coordinator
The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has been a Registered UK Charity since 1884 (charity registration number 226063) that aims: ‘to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.’ The MBA was awarded a Royal Charter 2013 in recognition of its role advancing marine biology.
The MBA achieves its aims through its membership, high quality research and through its education and outreach programmes. The MBA actively looks for members and runs a successful journal, the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (JMBA).
The MBA has undertaken a number of innovative and dynamic outreach and education projects and has a reputation for delivering curricula focused activities and resources. Within a European context the MBA is a member of a number of successful networks of excellence including Euromarine MarBEF, Marine Genomics, EMODnet Biology and EMBRC contributing to outreach and data dissemination across Europe. The MBA has undertaken a number of relevant INTERREG projects including Marinexus; CHARM; DIESE; ChanneLIS and ValMER and Pegaseas. Marinexus developed key education resources and events. The MBA has experience of coordinating proposals both in the UK and Europe and has with other partners run summer schools; engaged in high class citizen science and run workshops and events. The MBA was a co- founder European Marine Sciences Association (EMSEA) and in 2013 ran the inaugural EMSEA conference in Plymouth.
The MBA leads the Sea Change project as the coordinating institute and leads the Project Management Work Package (WP9).
Key Personnel involved:
Jon Parr (Project Coordinator) is the Deputy Director with a wide remit covering operations, the development of the research infrastructure and the development of the knowledge exchange programme. He has worked with the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and sits on the several groups including the NBN National Schemes and Societies group and UK-EOF Citizen science group. Jon started the MBA’s Sealife survey and other recording initiatives. Jon is the Data Archive expert and on the Executive of the UK’s Marine Environmental Data Information Network (MEDIN). Jon is responsible for the Educational Programme of the MBA including the public Sea Life Survey, the Shore Thing Project and the Recorders conference. Jon organised and chaired a workshop for European Commission on Transatlantic Ocean Literacy.
Fiona Crouch has worked in marine conservation, education and outreach for over 20 years. Until 2015 she was the Shore Thing Project Officer, working with stakeholders, partners and policymakers. The Shore Thing carries out surveys throughout the British Isles and delivers data to the National Biodiversity Network. Fiona also developed a Teachers’ pack, linked to all aspects of the science curriculum, runs training courses, maintains the project database and provides resources and feedback to participants via the project website. Fiona is the co-founder of EMSEA, has been instrumental in developing the association and organised the inaugural EMSEA conference in Plymouth. Fiona works closely with transatlantic partners such as the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) to develop Ocean Literacy in Europe. In addition she is active within the citizen science, education and research community giving presentations at conferences, report writing, producing education articles and developing new innovative projects.
Jack Sewell is involved in both scientific research and delivery of innovative citizen science projects. Jack is a researcher, writer and artist. Jack has experience preparing reports, data collection and interpretation. Recent work has included co-ordination of the marine element of the Defra funded GB Non-Native Species Information Portal authoring non-native species risk assessments of the Non-Native Species Secretariat and coordination of non-native species public and schools awareness and recording projects. Jack has delivered a number of school projects and organised the first marine Bioblitz (24 hours of recording) in the UK. Jack also delivered the successful Life around the Turbines project for the charity COWRIE. Jack has produced a range of graphics, used in scientific interpretation and particularly educational resources.
Esther Hughes, MBA Data Team
Esther is a data and metadata specialist, responsible for managing marine biological data for the DASSH (Data Archive Centre) and the marine node of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN). She is part of the MEDIN Standards Working Group, is involved in the development of the MEDIN discovery metadata standard and is currently reviewing the biological data specifications for the UK. She has particular skills in the rapid and accurate assessment of data for large projects involving a wide range of disparate and historical datasets. She has worked on a variety of contracts and datasets including Marine Recorder data entry for JNCC and the Shore Thing Project, literature reviews for the MCZ projects, and for MECN reporting. She was also a core team member for the literature and confidence assessment of data for Defra as part of the MB0116 Evidence Review of Literature and data used to support the MCZ network. She has experience in creating and managing databases, MEDIN compliant metadata, and creating maps using ESRI ArcGIS.
Lorraine Olver is the finance and contract manager for the MBA. Lorraine has extensive experience in dealing with a variety of EU projects. She has successfully managed and reported on over 20 EU projects the financial and coordination of which has been paramount to the project success. Lorraine is experienced in dealing Interreg, FP7 and now Horizon2020 portals. She has excellent command of Excel, Word, Internet and accounting software.