Dr Helen Scales is a marine biologist and bestselling author. Her studies of the ocean have taken her to many places including the mangroves of Madagascar and remote coral reefs of Borneo, to West African oyster forests and the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Her books include the Spirals in Time, the children’s book The Great Barrier Reef, and her exploration of the deep, The Brilliant Abyss. She teaches at Cambridge University and is scientific advisor to the charity Sea Changers. When not travelling further afield, she spends much of her time on the Atlantic coast of France, where she’s a year-round, cold-water surfer.
Oliver is an explorer, journalist and founder, Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton – a charitable research institute with a mission to explore and protect the ocean.
By his own admission, he’s a rather average submersible pilot and depending on who you are ask is either ‘part Captain Nemo, part Steve Zissou’ (Telegraph), a ‘leading ocean explorer’ (Economist), or ‘Part Indiana Jones, part Jason Bourne, part Woodward and Bernstein’(ABC).