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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 talk about exploring the deep ocean at public events and festivals, and I 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 Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Award for Established Researchers in 2008, and the British Science Association Charles Lyell Lecture Award in 2007.

TV documentaries

Onscreen contributor, From Ice to Fire: The Incredible Science of Temperature,
Episode 2: A Temperature for Life, BBC Four, 22 Feb 2018



Onscreen contributor, Strange Evidence, Discovery SCI in US (2017):
Episode 06: Monster of the Deep, Episode 08: Lake of the Dead, Episode 09: Ghost in the Abyss



BBC Natural History Unit Blue Planet II (2017):
academic consultant (Episode 2: The Deep) &
onscreen contributor (Episode 7: Our Blue Planet)



Scientific consultant, BBC Natural History Unit Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean On Earth, 6 Aug 2015
Onscreen contributor, Treasures of the Deep, BBC World, 28 Jun 2013



Onscreen contributor, Alien Deep (Episode 3: It's Alive), National Geographic TV, Sep 2012



Onscreen contributor, Country Tracks, BBC One, 8 Aug 2010
Onscreen contributor, Under Laboratory Conditions, BBC4, 11 Jan 2006



Onscreen contributor, Unstoppable Wave, BBC One, 21 Dec 2005
Onscreen contributor, America's Tsunami, Discovery US, 18 Dec 2005


TV news & other

Interview, ABC Nightline (US), 11 Mar 2018



Interview, Ten O'Clock News, BBC One, 6 May 2016
Interview, ITV News At Ten, 6 May 2016



Interview, Sky News, 15 Apr 2014
Interview, Daily Planet, Discovery Canada, 25 Apr 2013
Live studio interview, Channel 4 News, 22 Mar 2013



...and that's how you give a live interview, when you're also a media skills trainer ;)


Interview, Cayman27 TV news, 25 Feb 2013
Interview, BBC One Breakfast, One O'Clock News, Six O'Clock News, Ten O'Clock News, & BBC World bulletins, 21 Feb 2013



Interview, Channel 4 News, 26 Mar 2012
Live remote interview, BBC News Channel, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, Six O'Clock News, BBC One, 28 Dec 2011



Live remote studio interview, Channel 4 News, 3 Aug 2010



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



Live OB interview, BBC News 24, 10 Sep 2007
Interview, Einstein TV, 22 Feb 2002
Interview, Einstein TV, 22 Dec 2001
Interview, Sky Futurefile, 13 Mar 2001
Interview, BBC News 24, 21 Jan 2001
Studio guest, Livewire, Carlton Digital, Nov 1999

Radio documentaries & podcasts

Studio guest, The Science Hour, BBC World Service, 05 May 2018


Contributor, Costing The Earth, BBC Radio 4, 01 May 2018


Studio guest, The Science Hour, BBC World Service, 17 Mar 2018



Contributor, The Compass: Ocean Stories (4-part series), BBC World Service, Nov-Dec 2017





Contributor, Blue Planet II: The Podcast (7-part series), 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"



Some highlight clips from episodes, produced and edited by Becky Knight and Emily Ripley:



Sex-changing fish



Desperate dating in the deep



Cuttlefish wonders



Meet the holothurians



Ins and outs of tides



Sustainable seafood


Interview, New Scientist podcast, 30 Nov 2017



Studio guest, The Science Hour, BBC World Service, 19 Aug 2017


Interview, The Anthill podcast from The Conversation UK, 26 Jul 2017
Live interview, The Naked Scientists (live), BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 23 Jul 2017
(also podcast; BBC Radio 5 Live; & ABC Radio in Australia)



Panelist, 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?


Interview, Pythagoras's Trousers, Radio Cardiff, 15 Sep 2014
Interview, People Behind the Science podcast, 29 Aug 2014



Contributor, Into The Abyss, BBC Radio 4, 23 Jul 2014


Interview, Science In Action, BBC World Service, 01 May 2014
Interview, The Story, US National Public Radio, 14 Aug 2013



Contributor, Discovery, BBC World Service, 20 May 2013


Interview, PRI's The World science podcast, 21 Feb 2013
Interview, The Pod Delusion podcast, 03 Aug 2012
Interview, Naked Oceans podcast, 11 Apr 2012
Interview, Future Tense, ABC, Australia, 26 Feb 2012
Interview, The Naked Scientists, BBC Radio 5 Live, 16 Jan 2012



Contributor, Costing the Earth, BBC Radio 4, 25 May 2011
Interview, PRI's The World science podcast, 18 Feb 2010



Contributor, Costing The Earth, BBC Radio 4, 14 Apr 2010



Contributor, Oceans: What Lies Beneath? BBC Radio 4 documentary series, Mar 2009



Studio guest, The Material World, BBC Radio 4, 27 Apr 2006

Radio news & chat

Interview, Radio France Internationale, 16 Dec 2017
Live Q & A, BBC Radio 5 Live Your Call, 11 Dec 2017
Live interview, BBC Wales, 11 Dec 2017
Studio guest, Sasha Twining, BBC Radio Solent, 30 Nov 2017



Live interview, BBC Solent, 07 Nov 2017
Live interview, BBC Wales, 07 Nov 2017



Live interview, BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, 07 Nov 2017
Live interview, BBC Berkshire, 06 Nov 2017
Live interview, BBC Berkshire, 23 Oct 2017
Live interview, Newsday, BBC World Service, 11 Apr 2014
BBC Radio Scotland (live), 10 Apr 2014



Live interview, Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 10 Apr 2014
Live interview, Morning Reports, BBC Radio 5 Live, 24 Mar 2014
Interview, Jack FM, 8 Nov 2013
Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent, 7 Nov 2013



Live interview, World At One, BBC Radio 4, 29 May 2013



Interview, Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 21 Feb 2013
Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent, 26 Mar 2012
Interview, The Takeaway, US Public Radio, 26 Mar 2012
Interview, Newshour, BBC World Service, 26 Mar 2012



Live interview, BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, 20 Mar 2012
Interview, BBC Radio Three Counties, 23 Feb 2012
Live interview, BBC Radio Wales, 23 Feb 2012
Interview, Voice of America news, 13 Jan 2012



Interview, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, 28 Dec 2011




Live interview, Drive, BBC Radio 5 Live, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, Up All Night, BBC Radio 5 Live, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Radio Solent, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, BBC Radio Wales, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, BBC Radio Somerset, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, World Update, BBC World Service, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, Radio New Zealand, 24 May 2010



Interview, Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 16 Oct 2009
Live interview, Analysis, BBC World Service, 20 Jul 2009
Live interview, BBC West Midlands, 20 Aug 2008
Interview, BBC Caribbean, 13 Aug 2008
Live interview, Wave105 drivetime, 12 Aug 2008
Interview, BBC Radio Solent, 11 Aug 2008
Interview, Original 106 FM, 11 Aug 2008
Interview, BBC World Service, 10 Sep 2007
Interview, News Hour, BBC World Service, 02 Aug 2007
Interview, Vega 95.3, Sydney, Australia, 22 Dec 2005
Live studio guest, review of the papers, Nick Girdler, BBC Radio Solent, 15 Jul 2005
Interview, The Science Show, ABC, Australia, 6 Nov 2004
Interview, Deutschlandfunk, 14 Oct 2004
Interview, BBC Radio Solent, 11 Dec 2003
Interview, BBC Radio Solent, 22 Jan 2002
Interview, BBC Three Counties Radio, 31 Aug 2001
Interview, 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 many more 'churnalism' articles about my team's work. For print/online media articles that I've written myself, please see my Writing


The Daily Star, 09 Mar 2018



"Oo! Ah!" - The Daily Star

'It's like travelling back in time,' scientist and deep-sea explorer Jon Copley explains.


Earthzine, 05 Mar 2018
SCI blog, 11 Dec 2017
Evening Standard, 06 Dec 2017
BBC News online, 04 Dec 2017
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 one 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
Daily Mail online, 03 Mar 2015



You know women and female crabs aren't the same, right?

Study co-author Dr Jon Copley said: 'Deep-sea vents are island-like habitats on the seafloor, and discoveries like these show that our exploration of the life that thrives around them has only just begun.'


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
Daily Mail online, 19 Mar 2013


'At the moment, the only way to find a "whale-fall" is to navigate right over one with an underwater vehicle,' says co-author Dr Jon Copley at University of Southampton.


Southern Daily Echo, 18 Mar 2013
Associated Press, 27 Feb 2013
Daily Express, 21 Feb 2013



Answer: no, we haven't

'The beauty of working in the deep oceans is that you're always stumbling over things that are completely new,' he said.


BBC News Online, 21 Feb 2013
REDES magazine, Spain, Jun 2012
The Ecologist, 21 Feb 2012
Caymanian Compass, 12 Jan 2012
Daily Mail online, 12 Jan 2012



Guess what - it doesn't...

Dr Copley said: 'Studying the creatures at these vents, and comparing them with species at other vents around the world will help us to understand how animals disperse and evolve in the deep ocean.'

Macleans magazine, Canada, 11 Jan 2012
scientias.nl, 11 Jan 2012
Southern Daily Echo, 10 Jan 2012, p 4
New Scientist online, 10 Jan 2012
BBC News Online, 10 Jan 2012
MSNBC.com, 10 Jan 2012


'It was a very emotional moment on board - and honestly, there were some tears. It was an overwhelming moment of marvel at our world,' said marine biologist Jon Copley, with the University of Southampton in England.


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


'It harbors some of the lushest abundance of life I have ever seen in the deep ocean,' he said.


The Washington Post, 03 Jan 2012
The Guardian, 29 Dec 2011, p 18


'We're fishing in deeper and deeper waters, oil and gas is moving into deeper waters and now there's mining starting to take place in deep waters. We need to understand how species disperse and evolve in the deep oceans if we're going to make responsible decisions about managing their resources.'


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



Yeah, we did :)


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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