October 5th 7pm PDT I’ll be speaking about seahorses at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California. Tune into the live stream and ask me questions on Twitter @AquariumPacific #aopscales

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On Oct 18th I’ll be at the Off the Shelf literary festival in Sheffield, talking about my latest book Spirals in Time.

Limpet teeth University of Portsmouth

Move over spider silk, there’s a new tough material in town: limpet teeth. For Chemistry World, I give the low down on goethite, the stuff that makes limpet teeth the strongest known biological material.


April 21st I’ll be joining an amazing line up for Science Showoff, curated by Neil Denney from Little Atoms podcast, all in aid of Resonance FM.


May 18th I’ll be at the Boathouse pub in Cambridge for a foody night of Pint of Science. I’ll be talking about my visit to the mangrove forests of West Africa where I met an amazing group of women who gather oysters and joined in with their celebrations at the world’s noisiest and most colourful oyster festival.

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It was with such sadness – but also happy memories – that I heard about Eugenie Clark passing away. I read her books, was hugely inspired by her stories and had the greatest pleasure meeting her a few years ago. I shared a few thoughts about Genie on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word.

Sharks on a plane? Now there’s a movie I’d see. That, and more, in these clips from Bright Club in Cambridge earlier this year.

Underwater Museum cover

I worked with underwater sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor on his upcoming book The Underwater Museum featuring stunning images of his work. My introductory essay explores the complexity and vulnerability of coral reefs and the role of artificial reefs in conservation.

Helen Scales and fish copy

I was in Florida Keys recently making a documentary for BBC Radio 4 and got to visit the amazing Aquarius Reef Base (the world’s only underwater research station).

A few clips from BBC Radio 4 and World Service programmes I’ve been on as a studio guest and reporting from around the world.

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October 15th is Ada Lovelace Day Live. Check out this great new book packed with inspiring stories of women in science, engineering, technology & maths. Including my piece about my marine biology hero, Eugenie Clark.

Explore 2013


In November I’ll be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual expedition and fieldwork planning weekend in London. I’ll be offering advice on communicating your discoveries both during and after an expedition.

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