marah J. Hardt, PhD


... and thanks for checking in. You’ll find on this site general information about me and the work I do at OceanInk. Just click on the tabs above. 
My goal is to develop creative solutions for ocean conservation (and other related environmental problems).  Grounded in science, buoyed by an active imagination, I enjoy working on projects that break out of the box and enter the realm of innovative problem-solving: through word, experiment, or building something new.  Explore this site to find out about my research, download publications, find helpful tips on how to save the world, and more.  I hope you stretch your brain, and enjoy.

What’s new: 
LOVE my new position as Chief Ocean Scientist and Storyteller (formally known as Senior Researcher and Media Director) at Future of Fish. 

Co-author on new study: Healthy coral reefs need healthy populations of grazing fish to keep seaweeds from overgrowing everything. SIO grad student Clint Edwards conducted first global assessment of fishing impacts on this important fish group. Spoiler alert: the impacts are huge. Edwards et. al. 2014. Global assessment of the status of coral reef herbivorous fishes: evidence for fishing effects.

Writing my first book: Sex in the Sea: the conservation implications of the sea’s salty erotica.
Check out the website: to read stories of the research in progress or contribute your own (non-human) tales of salty seduction.

More Info

CV: Hardt_Marah_CV_Jan_2013.pdf
My blogs: The Ocean Lorax;

Contact Me
Twitter: Marahh2o
Linked In: Marah Hardt
Turning Science into Stories that make a difference...
I am 
    A Writer 
     A Researcher
a hybrid
What I can do for you

Writing From academic journal articles, to popular media stories, editing, grant-writing, and blogging, I can help you publish your results or craft a compelling story about your work.  I am also a freelance writer, bringing to light interesting stories that will engage readers through your website, blog, magazine, or other platform.

Speaking I am a passionate, engaging speaker, able to adapt presentations for a wide range of audiences, from scientists to kindergardeners. I can tell stories about a host of subjects, from the bizarre nature of sex in the sea, to musing on the mysteries of the deep, to conservation and climate change issues, to the solutions and opportunities we have to engage and help save our planet. From schools to business conferences to science meetings, I can energize an audience, make them think, and hopefully, laugh.

COnsulting I design and 
implement projects to help achieve goals in the broad fields of conservation and sustainability.  A scientist by training, I can provide research support, from designing experiments and conducting field work, to analyzing and writing up the data.  As a hybrid thinker, I  bring scientific expertise combined with imaginative thinking to interdisciplinary projects.  See my Projects page for more information.