Creator & Editor
Since a young age I have been fascinated with science, wildlife and exploration. I was lucky enough to learn how to SCUBA dive at an early age and was amazed at the expansive and vibrant world I found hiding beneath the waves. It inspired me to study Marine Biology which I did at the University of Exeter (Penryn campus) graduating in the summer of 2018. During my time at university I not only learned about the weird and wonderful marine creatures that occupy our oceans, but also about the threats that face them on a daily basis. I want to help highlight some of these issues as well as well inspire people to care about and help protect marine life.
In addition to running Marine Madness I am now also a staff writer at Live Science, one of the biggest science news websites on the web! I have also written articles for Scientific American, Sapce.com, New Nature, Sevenseas Media, Ocean Oculus, Make The Ocean Great Again, Naturevolve, Sea Voice News, Bloom in Doom & The Marine Biologist. To keep up with my work follow me on twitter @harryjpbaker.
I’ve been fascinated with the ocean for a long time now, a big part of that was learning to dive and the truly immersive experience it provides. That was definitely what lead me to study marine biology and I am now completing my master’s degree at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus. During my studies I became very aware not only of just how vital the planet’s marine environment is, but also, unfortunately, of its perilous state. Since then I’ve developed an interest in science communication and photography as a means of translating scientific jargon into a digestible dialogue and making sure research isn’t circulated solely among scientists, but shared and understood by the wider public. In the future, I would love to combine these two interests – writing and photography – to convey compelling stories. It’s a great pleasure to contribute to a blog achieving exactly that and getting people excited about the incredible flora and fauna that occupies our seas.
Apart from Marine Madness, I’ve contributed to Make The Ocean Great Again , Bloom in Doom solution-based environmental magazine, and have set up a photography website featuring some of my images – Photos in Focus.
I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth. Research is something I’ve always wanted to do. I am particularly interested in stress physiology and behaviour in the context of environmental stressors such as pollution, ocean acidification and temperature. This is what my current and previous research projects have focused on.
I spend most of my time by the sea; swimming, diving, or trying my best to surf. When I’m not in the lab I love spending time scouring rockpools for cool little critters. In the future I aim to continue along the path of research with my next goal being a PhD, but not for a few more years!
Alongside writing for Marine Madness, I also volunteer as a diver at the aquarium, help out on various research projects, and work as an operator and attendant of hyperbaric chambers.
I have always felt a deep connection with the natural world around me as a result of growing up on a rural farm in the Swansea Valleys. This developed into a keen interest in environmental science, culminating in my study of Marine Biology at Bangor University for my undergraduate degree, and at Plymouth University for a research-based master’s programme. During my studies, I discovered early on that my primary interests lie with extreme habitats and species – namely in deep-sea and polar environments. I have now recently completed my master’s degree, where I conducted a thesis on the growing applications of artificial intelligence in deep-sea ecology. Yet despite my deep and persevering love for hard-core science, an emerging passion of mine is in science communication. One of the significant conclusions I deduced from my time in higher education is that the effective, concise, and stimulating communication of the science I love is equally as important as the science itself. Without the positive engagement of the broader public, the science that is required for the preservation of Earth’s great habitats and species would be difficult to conduct.
In addition to my role here at Marine Madness, I also regularly post my nature and wildlife photography and videography, with informal yet informative accounts of the species highlighted. To keep up to date with daily accounts of the species that I encounter day-to-day, follow me on Instagram @CephaloRhod.
George is a graduate of Bangor University Wales, having studied MSci Marine Biology with Zoology. He has cultivated a passion for Elasmobranchs over the years, with a keen interest in their population dynamics and subsequent conservation. When not reading and writing about all things marine, he can be found failing to get to grips with philosophy. You can contact George on Twitter @gbrett96 or by email at email@example.com.
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Joe Baker – The black lives of marine biology
Rebecca Greatorex – The potential benefits of COVID-19 on marine wildlife
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