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Sharing my research

I work with TV, radio, and online documentary-makers to share the exploration of the deep ocean with people worldwide, and routinely interact with news media to raise awareness of deep-sea issues and my team's discoveries.

I frequently talk about exploring the deep ocean, to audiences ranging from school and community groups to major events and festivals, and created a network of online resources so that people can join in our voyages. I have also enjoyed advising TV and audio drama productions featuring deep-sea science.

I received the Biosciences Federation Science Communication Award for Established Researchers in 2008, and the British Science Association Charles Lyell Lecture Award in 2007.

TV / film

Dr Copley in particular deserves praise also for using language in his interviews that resonated widely and conveyed a combination of passion and expertise. The world of science should treasure clear-voiced ambassadors like him.
Feedback from David Shukman, BBC News, for REF Impact Case Study

Scientific consultant & onscreen contributor, BBC Natural History Unit Blue Planet II (2017)
Onscreen contributor, Alucia Productions Mission Antarctica for #OurBluePlanet with BBC Earth (2017)



Onscreen contributor, The Incredible Science of Temperature, BBC Four, in production for 2018
Onscreen contributor with WAG TV for Discovery's Science Channel, in production for 2018
Ten O'Clock News, BBC One, 6 May 2016
ITV News At Ten, 6 May 2016



Scientific consultant, BBC Natural History Unit Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean On Earth, 6 Aug 2015
Sky News, 15 Apr 2014
Fereday Films, Feb 2014



Treasures of the Deep, BBC World, 28 Jun 2013
Daily Planet, Discovery Canada, 25 Apr 2013
Channel 4 News (live in studio), 22 Mar 2013



Cayman27 TV news, 25 Feb 2013
Ten O'Clock News, BBC One, 21 Feb 2013
Six O'Clock News, BBC One, 21 Feb 2013
One O'Clock News, BBC One, 21 Feb 2013



BBC World, 21 Feb 2013
BBC Breakfast, BBC One, 21 Feb 2013
Alien Deep, National Geographic TV, Sep 2012



Channel 4 News, 26 Mar 2012
BBC News Channel (live remote), 28 Dec 2011
Six O'Clock News, BBC One, 28 Dec 2011



Country Tracks, BBC One, 8 Aug 2010
Channel 4 News (live remote studio), 3 Aug 2010



CNC3 News, Trinidad & Tobago, 25 Mar 2010
BBC News Channel, 29 Jul 2008
Studio guest, The Paul O'Grady Show, Channel 4, 28 Sep 2007



BBC News 24 (live OB), 10 Sep 2007



Under Laboratory Conditions, BBC4, 11 Jan 2006
Unstoppable Wave, BBC One, 21 Dec 2005
America's Tsunami, Discovery US, 18 Dec 2005
Einstein TV, 22 Feb 2002
Einstein TV, 22 Dec 2001
Sky Futurefile, 13 Mar 2001
BBC News 24, 21 Jan 2001
Studio guest, Livewire, Carlton Digital, Nov 1999
Deep diving with the Russians, Channel 4, Feb 1995

Radio / podcasts

Blue Planet II: The Podcast, BBC iPlayer Radio, Oct-Dec 2017
(ft "Copley's Catch Of The Day", chatting about the science of one animal each week)




"What Blue Planet II is about"


BBC Solent, 07 Nov 2017
BBC Wales, 07 Nov 2017
BBC 5 Live Breakfast, 07 Nov 2017
BBC Berkshire, 06 Nov 2017
BBC Berkshire, 23 Oct 2017
The Science Hour, BBC World Service, 19 Aug 2017



What does an Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration actually do?


The Anthill podcast from The Conversation UK, 26 Jul 2017
The Naked Scientists (live), BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 23 Jul 2017
(also podcast; BBC Radio 5 Live; & ABC Radio in Australia)
The Infinite Monkey Cage, BBC Radio 4, 06 Feb 2017



Why bother exploring life in the oceans?



Astronomers vs marine biologists: who has the biggest numbers?



How do deep-diving subs withstand the pressure of the abyss?

Frontiers Science Heroes, 19 Aug 2015
Pythagoras's Trousers, Radio Cardiff, 15 Sep 2014
People Behind the Science podcast, 29 Aug 2014
Into The Abyss, BBC Radio 4, 23 Jul 2014
Science In Action, BBC World Service, 01 May 2014
Newsday, BBC World Service (live), 11 Apr 2014
BBC Radio Scotland (live), 10 Apr 2014
Today programme, BBC Radio 4 (live), 10 Apr 2014
Morning Reports, BBC Radio 5 Live, 24 Mar 2014
Jack FM, 8 Nov 2013
Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent, 7 Nov 2013
The Story, US National Public Radio, 14 Aug 2013
World At One, BBC Radio 4 (live), 29 May 2013
Discovery, BBC World Service, 20 May 2013
PRI's The World science podcast, 21 Feb 2013
Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 21 Feb 2013
The Pod Delusion podcast, 03 Aug 2012
Naked Oceans podcast, 11 Apr 2012
Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent (live), 26 Mar 2012
The Takeaway, US Public Radio, 26 Mar 2012
Newshour, BBC World Service, 26 Mar 2012
BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, 20 Mar 2012
Future Tense, ABC, Australia, 26 Feb 2012
BBC Radio Three Counties, 23 Feb 2012
BBC Radio Wales (live), 23 Feb 2012
The Naked Scientists, BBC Radio 5 Live, 16 Jan 2012
Voice of America news, 13 Jan 2012
World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, 28 Dec 2011
Up All Night, BBC Radio 5 Live, 28 Dec 2011
Drive, BBC Radio 5 Live, 28 Dec 2011
Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent (live), 28 Dec 2011
BBC Radio Scotland (live), 28 Dec 2011
BBC Radio Wales (live), 28 Dec 2011
BBC Radio Somerset, 28 Dec 2011
World Update, BBC World Service, 28 Dec 2011
Costing the Earth, BBC Radio 4, 25 May 2011
Radio New Zealand, 24 May 2010
Costing The Earth, BBC Radio 4, 14 Apr 2010
PRI's The World science podcast, 18 Feb 2010
Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 16 Oct 2009
Analysis, BBC World Service (live), 20 Jul 2009
Oceans: What Lies Beneath? BBC Radio 4 documentary series, 11 / 18 / 25 Mar 2009
BBC WM (live), 20 Aug 2008
BBC Caribbean, 13 Aug 2008
Wave105 (live), 12 Aug 2008
BBC Radio Solent, 11 Aug 2008
Original 106 FM, 11 Aug 2008
BBC World Service, 10 Sep 2007
News Hour, BBC World Service, 02 Aug 2007
The Material World, BBC Radio 4, 27 Apr 2006
Vega 95.3, Sydney, Australia, 22 Dec 2005
Review of the papers, Nick Girdler (live), BBC Radio Solent, 15 Jul 2005
The Science Show, ABC, Australia, 6 Nov 2004
Deutschlandfunk, 14 Oct 2004
BBC Radio Solent, 11 Dec 2003
BBC Radio Solent, 22 Jan 2002
BBC Three Counties Radio, 31 Aug 2001
BBC Radio Solent, 18 Jan 2001

Print / online media

Items listed show print/online media coverage involving direct quotes or interviews about my field of research, and exclude thousands of further 'churnalism' articles about my team's work. For print/online media articles that I've written myself, please see my Writing


BuzzFeed News, 21 Aug 2017
New Scientist, 03 Jun 2017, p 9
BBC Earth, 13 Apr 2017
BBC News online, 19 Dec 2016
Live Science, 16 Dec 2016
BBC News online, 14 Dec 2016

'Hydrothermal vents form a network of marine life in the deep, and so far we've only glimpsed on node of the network in the south-west Indian Ocean,' said Dr Jon Copley, who led the research.


'Our results show that we need to explore this network much further, if we're going to understand the possible impacts of any future mining at hydrothermal vents in this region.'

Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug 2016
The Washington Post, 29 Jul 2016
Borneo Post online, 15 May 2016
Geospace AGU blog, 25 Jan 2016
Technologist magazine, 07 Dec 2015
Southern Daily Echo, 25 Apr 2015
BBC News online, 23 Jul 2014
Earth magazine, 27 May 2014
BBC News online, 12 May 2014
The Guardian online, 30 Apr 2014
Wellington Weekly News, 10 Jul 2013, p 5
BBC News Online, 29 Jun 2013
BBC News Online, 18 May 2013
Yahoo! News, 19 Mar 2013
Southern Daily Echo, 18 Mar 2013
Associated Press, 27 Feb 2013



Answer: no, we haven't


BBC News Online, 21 Feb 2013
REDES magazine, Spain, Jun 2012
The Ecologist, 21 Feb 2012
Caymanian Compass, 12 Jan 2012
Macleans magazine, Canada, 11 Jan 2012
Southern Daily Echo, 10 Jan 2012, p 4
scientias.nl, 11 Jan 2012
New Scientist online, 10 Jan 2012
BBC News Online, 10 Jan 2012
MSNBC.com, 10 Jan 2012
ScienceNews, 10 Jan 2012
LiveScience.com, 10 Jan 2012
Discovery News, 10 Jan 2012
Nature News Blog, 04 Jan 2012
National Geographic News, 04 Jan 2012
The Washington Post, 03 Jan 2012
The Guardian, 29 Dec 2011, p 18
The Times, 29 Dec 2011, p 17
Southern Daily Echo, 29 Dec 2011, p 3
BBC News Online, 28 Dec 2011
The Irish Times, 16 Dec 2011
National Geographic News, 08 Aug 2011
National Geographic News, 27 Jul 2011
NewScientist.com, 05 Jul 2011
New Scientist, 02 Jul 2011, p 8
CNN.com, 13 Apr 2010
Associated Press, 13 Apr 2010
NationalGeographic.com, 12 Apr 2010
Metro, 12 Apr 2010, p 15



BBC News Online, 12 Apr 2010
NewScientist.com, 11 Apr 2010
Daily Mail Online, 11 Apr 2010
The Times, 11 Apr 2010, p 19
Caymanian Compass, 31 Mar 2010
The Daily Telegraph, 8 Oct 2009
The Times, 7 Oct 2009, p 4
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2009
Caymanian Compass, 12 Jan 2009
New Scientist, 6 Dec 2008, p 6
Caymanian Compass, 12 Aug 2008
Daily Mail online, 12 Aug 2008
Metro, 12 Aug 2008, p 3

'It's a very safe bet that we'll find new species of animal life. I don't know if we're going to find any alien civilisations though,' he said.
Metro, 12 Aug 2008, p 3

Southern Daily Echo, 11 Aug 2008, p 3
BBC News Online, 09 Aug 2008
New Scientist, 01 Dec 2007, pg 6
Southern Daily Echo, 20 Oct 2007
Independent on Sunday, 16 Sep 2007
The Daily Telegraph online, 10 Sep 2007
The Times, 10 Sep 2007
The Independent online, 10 Sep 2007
The Guardian online, 10 Sep 2007
BBC News Online, 10 Sep 2007
BBC News Online, 12 Jul 2007
Stranger magazine, Feb 2007
New Scientist, 20 Aug 2005, p 6
news@nature.com, 02 Aug 2004
Nature, 29 May 2003, vol 423 p 469



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