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Program for the PMNHS Annual Conference Announced!

Program for the PMNHS Annual Conference Announced!The Conference programme for this year has now been announced! Here is a sneaky peek... ...and you can download the full schedule here: Conference 2020 [Read more]

Confirmed speakers! Programme filling fast.

Confirmed speakers!  Programme filling fast.‘The Shore to Deep Sea: a challenging world’ Porcupine Annual Conference 14th-15th March 2020 Fieldwork on 13th March 2020 SAMS, Dunstaffnage, Near Oban The programme for our forthcoming conference is taking shape with a range of exciting speakers. Offers of posters and presentations are still welcome, please email: Confirmed speakers include: Angus Jackson  (MCS/Seasearch).  “Population trends for spiny lobster – how useful are occupancy models for benthic species?” Jack Lucas (University of [Read more]

PMNHS Conference 2020 - The Shore to Deep Sea: A Challenging World - Now Open for booking!

PMNHS Conference 2020 - The Shore to Deep Sea: A Challenging World - Now Open for booking! Once again we invite you to join us to share in our fascination for all things marine - from the shores to the deep sea! 2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, so it is fitting that we are choosing to hold our conference at SAMS in Oban on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. In a world of changing climate, habitats and politics [Read more]

Porcupine MNHS Roger Bamber Grant Award

Less than a month remaining for applications for the Roger Bamber Research Grants. Applications are very welcome, and details of the process and timescales can be found here. Applications are open until 31st January 2020 for the 2020 Grant [Read more]

Frank Evans Writing Award - Get writing!

The 2018 Frank Evans Writing Award was presented to Paul Naylor at the PMNHS AGM in Cardiff on 24th March 2019. Could it be your turn next to win the £100 prize?? Find out more about the award here. In order to encourage contributions to the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society (PMNHS) Bulletin, the Council has instituted an annual award for the best written and most [Read more]

Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

We are an informal society interested in marine natural history and recording, particularly in the North East Atlantic region and the Mediterranean Sea. Porcupine MNHS welcomes anyone interested in marine biology and ecology.

The name “Porcupine” is taken from the naval survey vessel HMS Porcupine which was engaged on scientific expeditions in the N.E. Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1869 and 1870. She made the first ever deep ocean dredge for living creatures in 1869 resulting in the naming of the Porcupine Bank off the west coast of Ireland.

The aims of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society are:

  • To promote a wider understanding of the biology, ecology and distribution of marine organisms.
  • To stimulate interest in marine biodiversity, especially in young people.
  • To encourage interaction and exchange of information between those with interests in different aspects of marine biology, amateur and professional alike.

Membership of our society entitles you to receive two bulletins a year and attend the annual conference and field meetings. For more details and to download a membership form visit the membership pages.

Please consider donating to our society – donations allow us to provide grants for projects relating to our aims.