Helen Scales

Helen Scales is a British marine biologist, broadcaster, and writer.

British marine biologist

Helen Scales describing molluscs at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

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Helen Scales learnt to scuba dive when she was 16 as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and from this experience wanted to know more about life underwater.[1]

She studied at St John’s College, Cambridge as an undergraduate and holds an M.Sc. in Tropical Coastal Management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Scales was awarded a Ph.D. from St John’s College, Cambridge in 2005; her thesis title was Exploitation of coral reef fish for the live reef fish trade. This was particularly about the humphead wrasse. She was able to identify individual fish through the colour patterns on their heads after filming the fish underwater and so study their movement and behaviour.[2][1]

Scales worked for several conservation organisations after gaining her doctorate including the World Wide Fund for Nature, TRAFFIC International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and Natural England. She was later appointed as a tutor for the University of CambridgeInstitute of Continuing Education. 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.[2]

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