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

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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

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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.

On our expedition to Fiji, Josh Drew from Columbia University takes me through the steps of getting the fish we’ve caught ready to ship to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. .

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On June 13th I’m taking part in an evening event at Imperial College’s new Digital Media Lab with a panel of wonderful speakers who’ll be discussing whether Digital can Save the Oceans.

Ever wondered what the inside of a lionfish looks like? Need to know how to extract a lionfish ear bone? Either way, check out this video I shot in Abaco, Bahamas last year. .

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In my latest story for National Geographic News I report for a second time on glowing deep sea sharks – this time about how they warn off predators using light sabers…

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I was thrilled to get invited to speak at TEDx at LSE. It’s on 9 March and I think the tickets are nearly sold out already. The theme is Redfining Your Boundaries.

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I’m science advisor to Sea-Changers, a fantastic new charity that funds marine conservation projects (mainly in UK waters). If you have an idea for a conservation project that could benefit from a small grant do get in touch with Sea-Changers…

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Strange fossils

In my latest story for National Geographic News I introduce the world to the first found fossil of a pygmy pipehorse. These wierd-looking animals are close relatives of seahorses and look something like a cross between a seahorse and a pipefish

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Along with my colleagues John Bruno and Emmett Duffy, I’m a contributor at the Seamonster Blog. It’s a blog about the oceans. We cover news in ocean sciences and the environment, oceans sports, the amazing plants, animals, and people that inhabit the oceans, ocean policy and conservation, and the funny, cute, crazy, scary and weird. We …

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Naked Oceans finale

It’s the last day of 2012 and I’ve just finished making the last episode of the Naked Oceans podcast. In it, I catch up with a bunch of the folks who’ve appeared on the show over the last two series, and chat with them about the future of the oceans. This whole Naked Oceans thing …

A narrated slide show I made with photographer Ria Mishaal at the Biodiversity Technologies symposium held by the Biodiversity Institute at Oxford University in September 2012. .

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Ocean escapism for the new year

January in Cambridge might not seem like the most obvious time and place to think about the wonders of exotic ocean life but what better way to fend off the winter blues and start the new year than a bit of ocean escapism? So why not join me for a weekend lecture series at Cambridge …

Academic publications

Scales, H. (2010). Advances in the ecology, biogeography and conservation of seahorses (genus Hippocampus). Progress in Physical Geography. 34(4): 443-458.

Scales, H. (2010). Co-author of IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of the Proposals to Amend the CITES Appendices…

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Getting lost at sea

A little while ago I got lost at sea and washed up in a disused lighthouse in London’s docklands. As luck would have it I found myself in a room full of people sitting in life rings on the floor. When the shout went out ‘is there a marine biologist in the house?’, naturally I stepped up and volunteered …

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