A scientist and storyteller, Dr. Marah Hardt aims to keep one foot wet in the field while the other wanders the crossroads of research, science communication, and strategy. Currently Research Director at Future of Fish, Marah works with leading entrepreneurs and innovators in the ocean world to identify solutions to the global overfishing crisis, including breakthrough aquaculture, pairing story with fish, and increasing adoption of better traceability technology. Prior to her work with Future of Fish, Marah spent five years as Founder of OceanInk, working as a consultant investigating coral reef health, fishery impacts, and ocean acidification. She was also a research fellow at Blue Ocean Institute, where she launched their climate change program, including an initiative to engage scientists and religious leaders in constructive conversation about halting climate change.
As a writer, Marah seeks to peel back the shimmering surface of the sea to reveal the wonders that lie beneath—and highlight the opportunities that exist for a more responsible and beneficial relationship between people and the ocean. Her work has been published in scientific journals, books, and popular magazines including Scientific American and The American Prospect. She received her PhD in marine science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2007, and a B.A. in History of Science from Harvard University in 2000.
Besides her ocean obsession, Marah also spends a great deal of time these days as a superhero, fending off bad guys as a trustworthy sidekick to her toddler. When not saving the world, she enjoys yoga, live music, cooking big meals with family and friends, and the welcomed (but far too infrequent!) date night to the movies with her husband.
She currently enjoys living the new adventure of life as a mermaid in the mountains of Colorado.
Find out more about Marah in this online profile feature in The Isler Hawaii.