Dr. Helen Scales

British Marine Biologist, Broadcaster, and Writer

Helen Scales is a marine biologist, writer and broadcaster. She is author of the Guardian bestseller 'Spirals in Time', New Scientist book of the year Eye of the Shoal, and the children's book 'The Great Barrier Reef'. She writes for National Geographic Magazine, the Guardian, and New Scientist, among others.

"A leading global voice on the marine world"

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  • Nature. Mysteries of the Deep Sea: 5 Burning Questions about Earth's Final Frontier
  • Planet Earth. Deep-Sea Mountains: Earth's Unexplored Ecosystems that are Teeming with Life
  • Nature. Beyond the Abyss: What to Expect when Diving towards the Ocean's Spectacular Depths


She presents in English.

How she presents

Helen's genuine love for the natural world and her dedication to its preservation are evident in every word she speaks. Through her dynamic storytelling abilities, she transports her audience to the depths of the ocean, painting vivid pictures of its beauty and fragility.

Books & Media

  • Around the Ocean in 80 Fish and other Sea Life
  • What a Shell Can Tell: Where They Live, What They Eat, How They Move, and More
  • Podcast: The Brilliant Abyss
  • The Brilliant Abyss: True Tales of Exploring the Deep Sea, Discovering Hidden Life and Selling the Seabed
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything

In Detail

Helen has spoken about the mysteries of the deep sea with Robin Ince and Brian Cox on BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage and donated an imaginary tank of seahorses to The Museum of Curiosity. Among her BBC radio documentaries, she's explored the enduring dreams of living underwater and of conquering the waves. She completed her undergraduate at St John's College, Cambridge and her Master's at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Helen went on to complete her PhD at St John's. he teaches at Cambridge University and is science advisor for the marine conservation charity Sea Changers.


In her presentations, Helen Scales combines her passion for science, conservation, exploration, and storytelling. Her scientific interests and research focus on marine conservation and the inter-relations between people and oceans, particularly in the context of habitat protection and the international wildlife trade.



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