Marine biology

Definition

Marine biology is the study of life in the oceans and brackish waters, which ranges from archaea and bacteria to marine mammals, and includes organisms such as corals that affect the shape of the seafloor. This may also include human modifications to ocean biology, such as fisheries or the effects of overfishing.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    The increasing acidity of our seas is a threat to marine life that for many species may be impossible to overcome.

    • Sarah DeWeerdt
    Nature 550, S54–S58
  • Comments and Opinion |

    We anticipate that conventional management approaches will be insufficient to protect coral reefs, even if global warming is limited to 1.5 °C. Emerging technologies are needed to stem the decline of these natural assets.

    • Ken Anthony
    • , Line K. Bay
    • , Robert Costanza
    • , Jennifer Firn
    • , John Gunn
    • , Peter Harrison
    • , Andrew Heyward
    • , Petra Lundgren
    • , David Mead
    • , Tom Moore
    • , Peter J. Mumby
    • , Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
    • , John Robertson
    • , Michael C. Runge
    • , David J. Suggett
    • , Britta Schaffelke
    • , David Wachenfeld
    •  & Terry Walshe
  • Correspondence |

    • C. L. Van Dover
    • , J. A. Ardron
    • , E. Escobar
    • , M. Gianni
    • , K. M. Gjerde
    • , A. Jaeckel
    • , D. O. B. Jones
    • , L. A. Levin
    • , H. J. Niner
    • , L. Pendleton
    • , C. R. Smith
    • , T. Thiele
    • , P. J. Turner
    • , L. Watling
    •  & P. P. E. Weaver
    Nature Geoscience 10, 464–465
  • News and Views |

    Three new bivalve genomes are resources for comparative genomics over broad timescales, providing a glimpse into the evolution of understudied marine animals and their adaptations to extreme environments.

    • Kenneth M. Halanych
    •  & Kevin M. Kocot