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  • Why mud matters

    For Hakai magazine, I explore the importance of mud for mangroves

  • How mussels stick

    In my latest podcast for Chemistry World, I find out how molluscs have become masters of chemistry to stick themselves to wet, wave-pounded rocks.

  • Tough teeth

    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.

  • The wonders of snails. Inside Science, BBC Radio 4

    For Inside Science on BBC Radio 4 I go hunting for some unexpected visitors in Cambridge’s Botanic Gardens

  • Why don’t Antarctic ice fish freeze?

    I investigate the cold-defying chemistry of antifreeze glycoproteins for Chemistry World.

  • Drilling for oil, deafening whales

    For National Geographic News I examine how searching for oil in the Atlantic will put marine mammals at risk.

  • Columbia University expedition to Fiji

    I’m thrilled to announce that in June 2013 I will be joining Dr Joshua Drew from Columbia University on a research expedition to Fiji.

  • Sea Changers

    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…

  • Biodiversity technologies symposium

    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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Finding fish in the wrong places

    I just got back from a trip to America and a quick jaunt to Abaco Island in the Bahamas to visit John Bruno and his team at work in the field. One…

  • Happy Birthday Genie!

    Today is Eugenie Clark’s 90th birthday. To celebrate here is my blog post from last year, after I had the immense pleasure of meeting Genie at Mote Marine Labs in Florida… They…

  • New Year what-next pondering

    A few days before the end of 2011, the BBC broadcast my last appearance on Home Planet. After nearly 6 years of taking part I’m undeniably sad to see the series come…