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Dr Jonathan Copley BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement

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Dr Jonathan Copley is Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement (part-time) within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

No human eye had glimpsed this part of the planet before us, this pitch-black country lighted only by the pale gleam of an occasional spiralling shrimp (Otis Barton, The World Beneath The Sea, 1953)

My research explores colonies of animals on the ocean floor, to understand patterns of life in the deep sea that covers most of our world.  By studying marine life in "island-like" habitats such as hydrothermal vents, my work examines interactions between ecology ("who does what"), biogeography ("who lives where"), and evolution ("who is related to whom") in the ocean depths.

I have more than twenty years of experience in exploring the deep ocean, including leading expeditions aboard research ships, using Human-Occupied Vehicles (HOVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and discovering new species of deep-sea animals.

In June 2013 I became the first British person to dive more than 5 km deep in the ocean, taking part in the first dive by a human-occupied vehicle to the world's deepest known hydrothermal vents. In December 2016 I also took part in the first dives by human-occupied vehicles to 1 km deep in the Antarctic, during filming of the BBC's Blue Planet II series.

Our everyday lives affect the deep ocean, from using its resources to producing waste that ends up there. My research therefore contributes to consultations by policymakers to guide the protection of deep-sea environments, and I led a programme of public engagement with deep-sea research that generated in 4* "Impact Case Study" in the REF2014.

Awards and Prizes:

Highly Commended in Projects category of The Ocean Awards 2016
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Training 2011
Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Award for Established Researchers 2008
Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2007
British Science Association Charles Lyell Lecture Award 2007

Other roles:

Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum, London (since 2014)
National Geographic Explorer
Previously Co-Chair of Interidge, the international organisation co-ordinating research at mid-ocean ridges, 2010-2012

Research interests

My recent projects have explored four regions:

* East Scotia Ridge, Southern Ocean
* Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean Sea
* Mid-Atlantic Ridge north of the Azores
* the SW Indian Ridge

where my work addresses three main topics (please see Publications tab for a full list of my research papers):

(1) Global biogeography of deep-sea chemosynthetic environments
(e.g. Copley et al., 2016; Chen et al., 2015a; Roterman et al., 2013; Connelly et al., 2012; Rogers et al., 2012; Copley et al. 2007a)

Why do we find particular species of animals at hydrothermal vents in some areas but not elsewhere? Why are some types of animals more widespread than others in habitats such as hydrothermal vents or cold seeps around the world? These are the big questions, and answering them should give us a better understanding of how species disperse and evolve in deep-sea habitats. Answering them also involves describing new species from the areas that we are exploring, and analysing their genetic code to determine how they are related to other species elsewhere.

Here are some of the new species that my team has described from expeditions, working with taxonomic specialists; these new species span five phyla, and include four new genera and one new family:

* Dracogyra subfuscus & Lirapex politus Chen, Zhou, Wang & Copley 2017 (deep-sea vent snails)
* Pachycara caribbaeum Anderson, Somerville & Copley 2016 (deep-sea eelpout fish)
* Gigantopelta chessoia & Gigantopelta aegis Chen et al. 2015b ("giant" peltospirid snails)
* Paulasterias tyleri Mah et al. 2015 (seven-armed seastar)
* Chrysomallon squamiferum Chen, Linse, Copley & Rogers 2015 ("scaly-foot" snail)
* Osedax rogersi & Osedax crouchi Amon et al. 2014 (bone-eating "zombie" worms)
* Lebbeus virentova Nye, Copley, Plouviez & Van Dover 2013 ("green goolie" shrimp)
* Iheyaspira bathycodon Nye, Linse, Copley & Plouviez 2013 (deep-sea snail)
* Rimicaris hybisae Nye, Copley & Plouviez 2012 (world's deepest known vent shrimp)

(2) Spatial & temporal dynamics of faunal assemblages in chemosynthetic environments
(e.g. Amon et al., 2013; Marsh et al., 2013; Marsh et al., 2012; Copley et al., 2007)

Within a hydrothermal vent field, cold seep, or whale-fall, my goal is to understand what lives where and why. For example, why are some species abundant on vent chimneys, while other species only thrive at the edge of a vent field?

Unfortunately we can't stroll around the ocean floor as easily as ecologists do on rocky shores to investigate their patterns of life, so we are developing new techniques to study the microdistribution of animals in these environments, using high-definition cameras and the precision-control capabilities of the latest generation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

(3) Life-history biology of species occupying insular & ephemeral marine habitats
(e.g. Roterman et al., 2016; Amon et al., 2015; Marsh et al., 2015; Nye & Copley, 2014; Nye et al., 2013; Copley et al., 2007b; Copley & Young, 2006; Copley et al., 2003)

How do animals "hop" from vent to vent, or seep to seep, or whale skeleton to whale skeleton, in the deep ocean? The species we find in these island-like habitats on the ocean floor seem to have a variety of life cycles, types of larval development, and reproductive patterns. But are some features of their life-history biology "preadaptations" for success in these environments? And what are the consequences of differences in life-history biology for dispersal, gene flow, and ultimately biogeography?

My work in this area involves characterising the life-cycles of animals from hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale-falls, and wood-falls, in conjunction with studies of the genetics of their populations by colleagues around the world.

Research grants

Co-Investigator, The colonisation of hydrothermal vents by complex life: a natural experiment in macroevolution (NERC £433k Standard Grant), 2017-2020

Principal Investigator, Hydrothermal activity and deep-ocean biology of the Mid-Cayman Rise (NERC £462k Standard Grant), 2009-2014

Co-Investigator, ChEsSo: Chemosynthetic Ecosystems of the Southern Ocean (NERC £3.2 million Consortium Grant), 2008-2014

Principal Investigator, Biogeography and ecology of the first known deep-sea vent site on the ultraslow-spreading SW Indian Ridge (NERC £35k Small Grant), 2011-2012

Lead investigator, Deep-sea vents between the Azores and Iceland: missing piece in a global puzzle of marine life (£43k National Geographic Expeditions Fund Grant), 2011-2012

Partner, DEEPSETS: Deep-sea & Extreme Environments, Patterns of Species and Ecosystem Time Series (£164k EU FP6 MarBEF Network of Excellence project), 2004-2009

PhD Supervision

Amber Cobley (2015-): Open oceans, open data: biodiversity and policy in the global deep-sea mining frontier (co-supervised Adrian Glover, Natural History Museum; & Maria Baker, University of Southampton).

Abbie Chapman (PhD, 2014-): A functional trait perspective on the biodiversity of hydrothermal vent communities (co-supervised with Amanda Bates, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; Adrian Glover, Natural History Museum; & Verena Tunnicliffe, University of Victoria, Canada).

Dr Laura Hepburn (2009-2015): Geochemistry of hydrothermal systems south of the Antarctic Polar Front (co-supervised with Rachel Mills, University of Southampton).

Dr Chong Chen (DPhil 2011-2015, Oxford University): Systematics and population genetics of peltospirid gastropods at southern hemisphere hydrothermal vents (co-supervised with Alex Rogers, Oxford University; & Katrin Linse, British Antarctic Survey).

Dr Nicolai Roterman (DPhil 2009-2014, Oxford University): Biogeography of deep-sea polar hydrothermal vent and cold seep communities (co-supervised with Alex Rogers, Oxford University; & Katrin Linse, British Antarctic Survey).

Dr Leigh Marsh (2009-2013): Controls on faunal microdistribution and reproductive development in deep-sea chemosynthetic environments (co-supervised with Paul Tyler, University of Southampton).

Dr Verity Nye (2010-2013): Life history biology and biogeography of invertebrates in deep-sea chemosynthetic environments (co-supervised with Paul Tyler, University of Southampton).

Dr Diva Amon (2010-2013): Bone-eating worms and wood-boring bivalves: characterising the ecology of deep-sea organic falls from multiple ocean basins (co-supervised with Adrian Glover, Natural History Museum).

Dr Daphne Cuvelier (2006-2011, University of the Azores): Temporal evolution of Mid-Atlantic hydrothermal vent communities (co-supervised with DEEPSETS colleagues across Europe).

Dr Hannah Flint (2003-2007): Meiofaunal diversity of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps (co-supervised with Tim Ferrero, Natural History Museum).

Informing policy

Guest speaker, Parliamentary & Scientific Committee "Into the deep - exploring our oceans" event (2018)

Consulted for UK Government Office for Science "Future of the sea" Foresight project (2017)

Contributed comments on the first draft of regulations for mineral exploitation by the UN International Seabed Authority (2016)

Provided written evidence to House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on Marine Protected Areas, quoted in the final report (2016)

Contributor to Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Briefing Note on deep-sea mining (2015)

Participant, Royal Society Parliamentary Pairing Scheme (2014)

Prepared case for an Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Area (EBSA) in the Indian Ocean, submitted by the UK to a regional meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (2013)

Deep-sea research expeditions

Participant, MV Alucia expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, December 2016, with the Nadir and Deep Rover 2 submersibles

Participant, RV Yokosuka Voyage YK13-05 (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean Sea, June 2013, with the Shinkai6500 submersible

Principal Scientist, RRS James Cook Voyage 82, Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean Sea, February 2013, with the Isis remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Principal Scientist, RRS James Cook Voyage 67, SW Indian Ridge, November 2011, with the Kiel6000 ROV

Participant, RV Celtic Explorer Voyage CE11009 (Irish Marine Institute), northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge, July-August 2011, with the Holland-1 ROV

Participant, RRS James Cook Voyage 55, Southern Ocean, January-February 2011

Participant, RRS James Cook Voyage 44, Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean Sea, March-April 2010, with the Autosub6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)

Participant, RRS James Cook Voyage 42, East Scotia Ridge, Southern Ocean, January-February 2010, with the Isis ROV

Participant, RRS James Clark Ross Voyage 224, East Scotia Ridge, Southern Ocean, January-February 2009

Participant, Sumatra Earthquake And Tsunami Offshore Survey (SEATOS), MV The Performer with Magellan 825 ROV, Indian Ocean, May 2005

Participant, RV Knorr expedition to Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vents with Jason-2 ROV, November 2004

Participant, RV Seward Johnson expedition to Gulf of Mexico cold seeps with Johnson Sealink submersibles, November 2003

Participant, RRS James Clark Ross Voyage to Amundsen Sea with Autosub-2 AUV, February-April 2003

Participant, RV Seward Johnson expedition to Gulf of Mexico cold seeps with Johnson Sealink submersibles, February 2003

Participant, RV Edwin Link expedition to Gulf of Mexico cold seeps with Johnson Sealink submersibles, March 2002

Participant, RRS Charles Darwin Voyage 120 to NE Atlantic

Participant, DSSVS Laney Chouest expedition to Juan de Fuca Ridge hydrothermal vents with DSV Sea Cliff and Advanced Tethered Vehicle ROV of US Navy Deep Submergence Unit, September-October 1995

Participant, British-Russian Atlantic Vents Expedition 1994 (BRAVEX/94) aboard RV Academik Mstislav Keldysh with Mir submersibles of the Russian Academy of Sciences, July-September 1994

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

Exploring the Deep Ocean

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I have taught undergraduate and Masters classes in marine ecology and oceanography since 2000. I was Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Ocean & Earth Science, and I have provided training for research students and early career researchers across the University. I received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching in 2007, and a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Training in 2011.

I was also Lead Educator in the development and delivery of a free online course (a 'MOOC' - Massive Open Online Course) about exploring our oceans, taken by >10,000 people and Highly Commended in the Projects category of The Ocean Awards 2016. I introduced a microROV for marine biology practical teaching in a collaboration with the Natural History Museum, and I have published research on students' use of digital recordings of lectures.

Current teaching

SOES1006 Elements of Marine Ecology - lecturer

Previous teaching roles

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Ocean & Earth Science
Programme Leader, MSc Oceanography degree
Programme Leader, MSc Marine Resource Management degree
Co-ordinator, SOES6020 Structure & Dynamics of Marine Communities
Co-ordinator, SOES6018 MSc Key Skills
Co-ordinator, SOES6039 MSc Research Projects
Co-ordinator, SOES2030 Marine Biology Field Skills
Co-ordinator, SOES1003 IT, Communication, Field & Laboratory Skills
Co-ordinator, OA634 Coastal & Estuarine Oceanography
Lecturer, SOES6008 Deep-Sea Ecology
Lecturer, SOES1008 Earth & Ocean System

I work with TV, radio, and online documentary-makers to share the exploration of the deep ocean with people worldwide (e.g. BBC Blue Planet II, as an academic consultant and onscreen contributor), and I 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 write "popular science" articles primarily about marine science, some ocean technology, and "other stuff" (e.g. zoology, environmental microbiology, Earth science). I was previously a Reporter and Assistant News Editor at New Scientist magazine, and I have published more than 150 articles in magazines and newspapers such as New Scientist, Nature, and The Guardian.

I have shared my experience of delivering "impact" through public engagement with research, particularly for the REF, in the peer-reviewed journal Research for All

TV Documentaries

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

Onscreen contributor, Strange Evidence, Discovery SCI in US (2017):
Season 1, Episode 6: Monster of the Deep
Season 1, Episode 8: Lake of the Dead
Season 1, Episode 9: 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, Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean On Earth (episode 2: Mountains of the Deep), BBC Two, 06 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, 08 Aug 2010

Onscreen contributor, Under Laboratory Conditions, BBC Four, 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
Live interview, BBC Earth Unplugged, Blue Planet II World Premiere: Blue Carpet Live, 27 Sep 2017
Interview, Ten O'Clock News, BBC One, 06 May 2016
Interview, ITV News At Ten, 06 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
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 (from RRS James Cook at sea)
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
Scientific Adviser, The Deep drama series, BBC One, August 2010
Live remote studio interview, Channel 4 News, 03 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 200
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

The Science Hour, BBC World Service:
Studio guest, 21 July 2018
Studio guest, 05 May 2018
Studio guest, 17 Mar 2018
Studio guest, 19 Aug 2017

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
(featuring "Copley's Catch Of The Day", chatting about the science of one animal each week)

Panelist, The Infinite Monkey Cage, BBC Radio 4, 06 Feb 2017

Costing The Earth, BBC Radio 4:
Contributor, 01 May 2018
Contributor, 25 May 2011
Contributor, 14 Apr 2010

The Naked Scientists, BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
Live interview, 23 Jul 2017
Interview, Naked Oceans podcast, 11 Apr 2012
Interview, 06 Jan 2012

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

Contributor, Discovery, BBC World Service, 20 May 2013

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

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

Interview, New Scientist podcast, 30 Nov 2017
Interview, The Anthill podcast from The Conversation UK, 26 Jul 2017
Interview, Pythagoras's Trousers, Radio Cardiff, 15 Sep 2014
Interview, People Behind the Science podcast, 29 Aug 2014
Interview, Science In Action, BBC World Service, 01 May 2014
Interview, The Story, US National Public Radio, 14 Aug 2013
Interview, PRI's The World science podcast, 21 Feb 2013
Interview, The Pod Delusion podcast, 03 Aug 2012
Interview, Future Tense, ABC, Australia, 26 Feb 2012
Interview, PRI's The World science podcast, 18 Feb 2010

Radio News & Chat

BBC Radio 4:
Live interview, Today programme, 10 Apr 2014
Live interview, World At One, 29 May 2013
Interview, Today programme, 21 Feb 2013
Interview, The World Tonight, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, Today programme, 16 Oct 2009

BBC Radio 5 live:
Live Q & A, Live Your Call, 11 Dec 2017
Live interview, Breakfast, 07 Nov 2017
Live interview, Morning Reports, BBC Radio 5 Live, 24 Mar 2014
Live interview, Breakfast, 20 Mar 2012
Live interview, Drive, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, Up All Night, 28 Dec 2011

BBC Radio Solent:
Live studio guest, Sasha Twining, 30 Nov 2017
Live interview, Sasha Twining, 07 Nov 2017
Live interview, Drivetime, 07 Nov 2013
Live interview, Drivetime, 26 Mar 2012
Live interview, Drivetime, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, 11 Aug 2008
Live studio guest, review of the papers, Nick Girdler, 15 Jul 2005
Interview, 11 Dec 2003
Interview, 22 Jan 2002
Interview, 18 Jan 2001

Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Berkshire, 24 May 2018
Interview, Radio France Internationale, 16 Dec 2017
Live interview, BBC Wales, 11 Dec 2017
Live interview, BBC Wales, 07 Nov 2017
Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Berkshire, 06 Nov 2017
Live interview, Drivetime, BBC Berkshire, 23 Oct 2017
Scientific Adviser, The Light of September audio sci-fi series (2016)
Live interview, Newsday, BBC World Service, 11 Apr 2014
Live interview, BBC Radio Scotland, 10 Apr 2014
Interview, Jack FM, 08 Nov 2013
Interview, Newshour, BBC World Service, 26 Mar 2012
Interview, The Takeaway, US Public Radio, 26 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
Live interview, BBC Radio Wales, 28 Dec 2011
Live interview, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, World Update, BBC World Service, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, BBC Radio Somerset, 28 Dec 2011
Interview, Radio New Zealand, 24 May 2010
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, Original 106 FM, 11 Aug 2008
Interview, Newshour, BBC World Service, 02 Aug 2007
Interview, Vega 95.3, Sydney, Australia, 22 Dec 2005
Interview, The Science Show, ABC, Australia, 06 Nov 2004
Interview, Deutschlandfunk, 14 Oct 2004
Interview, BBC Three Counties Radio, 31 Aug 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)

BBC News online, 04 Dec 2017
BBC Earth, 13 Apr 2017
BBC News online, 19 Dec 2016
BBC News online, 14 Dec 2016
BBC News online, 23 Jul 2014
BBC News online, 12 May 2014
BBC News online, 29 Jun 2013
BBC News online, 18 May 2013
BBC News online, 21 Feb 2013
BBC News online, 10 Jan 2012
BBC News online, 28 Dec 2011
BBC News online, 12 Apr 2010
BBC News online, 09 Aug 2008
BBC News online, 10 Sep 2007
BBC News online, 12 Jul 2007

The Daily Star, 09 Mar 2018
Earthzine, 05 Mar 2018
SCI blog, 11 Dec 2017
Evening Standard, 06 Dec 2017
BuzzFeed News, 21 Aug 2017
New Scientist, 03 Jun 2017, p 9
Live Science, 16 Dec 2016
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
Southern Daily Echo, 25 Apr 2015
Earth magazine, 27 May 2014
The Guardian online, 30 Apr 2014
Wellington Weekly News, 10 Jul 2013, p 5
Yahoo! News, 19 Mar 2013
Daily Mail online, 19 Mar 2013
Southern Daily Echo, 18 Mar 2013
Associated Press, 27 Feb 2013
Daily Express, 21 Feb 2013
REDES magazine, Spain, Jun 2012
The Ecologist, 21 Feb 2012
Caymanian Compass, 12 Jan 2012
Daily Mail online, 12 Jan 2012
Macleans magazine, Canada, 11 Jan 2012, 11 Jan 2012
Southern Daily Echo, 10 Jan 2012, p 4
New Scientist online, 10 Jan 2012, 10 Jan 2012
ScienceNews, 10 Jan 2012, 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
The Irish Times, 16 Dec 2011
National Geographic News, 08 Aug 2011
National Geographic News, 27 Jul 2011, 05 Jul 2011
New Scientist, 02 Jul 2011, p 8, 13 Apr 2010
Associated Press, 13 Apr 2010, 12 Apr 2010
Metro, 12 Apr 2010, p 15, 11 Apr 2010
Daily Mail Online, 11 Apr 2010
The Times, 11 Apr 2010, p 19
Caymanian Compass, 31 Mar 2010
The Daily Telegraph, 08 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
Southern Daily Echo, 11 Aug 2008, p 3
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
Stranger magazine, Feb 2007
New Scientist, 20 Aug 2005, p 6, 02 Aug 2004
Nature, 29 May 2003, vol 423 p 469

Public/Guest Talks

Bluedot Festival, 22 Jul 2018
Keynote speaker, Royal Society of Biology Education Awards Ceremony, 09 Jul 2018
The Diving Museum, Gosport, 07 Jul 2018
New Forest Rotary, 02 Jul 2018
Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, Apr 2018
Royal Society of Biology Wessex Branch AGM, Nov 2017
Lyndhurst U3A, Nov 2017
Keynote speaker, European Maritime Day, May 2017
Chemical & Physical Society, UCL, Jan 2017
Medicine Unboxed, Cheltenham, Nov 2016
U3A at the Ri, Royal Institution, Oct 2016
Bluedot festival, Jodrell Bank, Jul 2016
British Science Festival, Bradford, Sep 2015
Lloyd's Register maritime media dinner, Feb 2015
RCUK/NERC HQ lunchtime staff talk, Feb 2015
Hampshire & Wight Wildlife Trust, Nov 2014
Odiham U3A, Oct 2014
Mayoral charity talk, Wellington, May 2014
Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique, Apr 2014
Wallace in Bristol event, Aug 2013
Keynote speaker, 24th International Conference on College Learning & Teaching, Apr 2013
Hamble Valley Probus, Mar 2013
TEDxSouthamptonUniversity, Mar 2013
Horsham Geological Field Group, Nov 2012
Winchester Science Festival, Jul 2012
University of Southampton Jubilee Open Day, Jun 2012
Wessex Society of Biology, May 2012
Wykeham Probus, Apr 2012
Open Day, National Oceanography Centre, Mar 2012
Winchester Cafe Scientifique, Feb 2012
Chandler's Ford & Itchen Valley Rotary Club, Jan 2012
Wellington & Monument Probus, May 2011
Dorset Natural History Society, Apr 2011
Winchester U3A, Apr 2011
Open Day, National Oceanography Centre, Mar 2011
London Diving Chamber Dive Lectures, Royal Geographical Society, Mar 2011
Ecology & Conservation Studies Society, Birkbeck University of London, Nov 2010
Thomas Hardye Community Lecture, Sep 2010
University of Southampton Alumni Reunion, Sept 2010
Royal Society Cafe Scientifique, Jun 2010
Planet Ocean Seminar, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Nov 2009
Science Live Oxford, Oct 2009
Southampton Boat Show, Sep 2009
Bartley Group of Women's Institutes, Jun 2009
Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu, Mar 2009
Endeavour Soc, University of Wales Bangor, Mar 2009
London Vascular Biology Forum, Dec 2008
Biosciences Federation, London, Nov 2008
Chichester University of the Third Age, Jul 2008
Open University Geological Society, May 2008
NOCS Corporate Climate Seminar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London, Feb 2008
Wellcome Trust annual media dinner, Oct 2007
Cafe Scientifique, Portsmouth, Oct 2007
Manchester Science Festival, Oct 2007
Charles Lyell Award Lecture, British Association Festival of Science, York, Sep 2007
Hampshire Fed WI & Southampton U3A, Aug 2007
Endeavour Soc, University of Wales Bangor, Feb 2006
John Jolly Memorial Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, Nov 2005
Institute of Biology members evening, Sep 2005
Oceanography Centre Marine Life Talks, Jun 2005
5th Winfrith Annual Lecture, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Mar 2005
Wrexham Science Festival, Mar 2005
Southampton Geology Field Studies Group, Sep 2004
British Association Festival, Exeter, Sep 2004
Science and the Oceans, Oxford University, Jan 2004
Edinburgh Geological Society, Nov 2003
University of Liverpool Herdman Society, Nov 2002
Cambridge University Department of Zoology, Nov 2001
Brighton & Hove Geological Society, Nov 2001
Southampton Geology Field Studies Group, May 2001
Oceanography Centre Marine Life Talks, Nov 2000
Geologists' Association, London, Sep 1999
British Association Festival, Cardiff, Sep 1998

Schools Outreach

St Swithun's School, Winchester, Apr 2018
Forres Sandle Manor School, Fordingbridge, Jan 2018
Wellington School, Somerset, "Horizons" lecture, May 2017
Bryanston School Science Society, Nov 2014
University of Southampton A-level Summer School, Jul 2014
Wellington School, Jul 2014
Richard Huish College, Jun 2014
Downside School, Nov 2013
Academic Summer, Sidcott School, Somerset, Jul 2013
University of Southampton Summer School, Jul 2013
Bournemouth School, May 2013
Ferndown Upper School, Feb 2013 (live from sea)
Downside School, Feb 2013 (live from sea)
Thomas Hardye School, Feb 2013 (live from sea)
Downside School, Oct 2012
Wellington School, Oct 2012
Thomas Hardye School, Oct 2012
London International Youth Science Forum, Aug 2012
University of Southampton A-level Summer Schools, Aug 2012
Thomas Hardye School, May 2012
The Prince's Teaching Institute, Mar 2012 (CPD event for teachers)
Lychett Minster School, Dorset, Feb 2012
Brentford School for Girls, May 2011
Ferndown High School, Mar 2011
The Prince's Teaching Institute, Mar 2011 (CPD event for teachers)
Bedales School, Mar 2011
Stonar School, Mar 2011
Thomas Hardye School, May 2010
Chichester College, Oct 2009
Thomas Hardye School, Jun 2009
Havant College, Nov 2008
Chichester College, Nov 2008
Society for Underwater Technology Christmas Lectures, National Maritime Museum, Dec 2005
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Feb 2005
Monmouth Group Biology Meeting, Taunton, Jun 2004 (CPD event for teachers)
Kings College, Taunton, Oct 2003
Taunton School Scientific Society, Sep 2003
Hayfield School, Doncaster, Nov 2001

Exhibitions & Events

The Ocean Debates, Royal Institution, Oct 2015
NERC RRS Discovery in London event, Oct 2015
Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, Sep 2015
Southampton Boat Show, Sep 2013
Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, Sep 2012
INTECH Science Centre adults evening, May 2012
World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Sep 2011
Southampton Boat Show, Sep 2010
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, May 2009
Southampton Boat Show, Sep 2008
Science Museum Aliens of the Abyss event, Jul 2005
Royal Society & Royal Society of Edinburgh Summer Science exhibitions, Jun 2000

Online engagement

Contributor, BBC Earth & OceanX #OurBluePlanet, 2017-2018
(including narration of YouTube video viewed by >2.5 million people)

Lead Educator, Exploring Our Oceans, FutureLearn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), 2014-2016
(taken by >10,000 people, and Highly Commended in Projects category of The Ocean Awards 2016)

Onscreen Contributor, Hydrothermal Vents: What Does The Future Hold? by Fereday Films
(Emerging Filmmaker Finalist in the Blue Ocean Film Festival Awards 2014)

expeditionlog YouTube channel
(>250,000 views since 2009) expeditions website
(>300,000 visitors from 90+ countries since 2010)

Winner, Neon zone, I'm A Scientist online schools engagement competition, June 2010

Popular science writing

"I explored the Antarctic deep seas for Blue Planet II - and it was like going back in time 350 million years"
(The Conversation, The Independent, HuffPo UK, Metro, 06 Nov 2017)

"Just how little do we know about the ocean floor?"
(The Conversation, Scientific American, IFL Science, 09 Oct 2014)

"Five thousand metres under the sea: my journey to another world"
(The Guardian, 05 Jul 2013)

"Litter found in deepsea survey of one of Earth's final unexplored realms"
(The Guardian, 25 Feb 2013)

Diarist, "Science, not Art: Ten scientists' diaries", edited by Jon Turney, published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2003)

Copley J (2006). Teeming boisterous life. Nature, 443: 274 (book review).
Copley J (2005). Hidden depths. Nature, 435: 279-280 (book review).
Copley J (2004). All wired up. Nature, 427: 10-12 (news feature).
Copley J (2002). All at sea. Nature, 415: 572-574 (news feature).
Copley J (2001). The story of O. Nature, 410: 862-864 (news feature).
Copley J (2000). The great ice mystery. Nature, 408: 634-636 (news feature).
Copley J (2000). Ecology goes underground. Nature, 406: 452-454 (news feature).

New Scientist articles:
When politics met science: harmony or hegemony?, 05 Dec 2014.
Grazing sea urchins create reef cacophony, 22 Jul 2008, p 16.
Into the dragons' den, 07 Apr 2007, p 52.
Beaked whales dive deepest, 28 Oct 2006, p 17.
Recycled fin helped ancestor crawl from the seas, 02 Aug 2006, p 19.
Jellyfish mass grave found on bed of Arabian Sea, 26 Jun 2006, p 22.
Arctic mussels make comeback, 10 Dec 2005, p 22.
Springtime in the abyss, 12 Nov 2005, pp 44-49.
Millions of bacterial species revealed underfoot,, 25 Aug 2005.
Some hotspots are hotter than others, 20 Aug 2005, p 19.
Shrinking lotus cut down in its prime, 09 Jul 2005, p 18.
Wind turbines a breeze for migrating birds, 18 Jun 2005, p 21.
How to beat the fungus that turns peanuts into poison, 11 Jun 2005, p 18.
From shore to shining shore, 28 May 2005, p 51.
Sports fans leave a giant footprint, 16 Apr 2005, p 11.
Lonely whale's song remains a mystery, 11 Dec 2004, p 14.
Beach blob mystery solved at last, 26 Jun 2004, p 17.
Sharks line up to hunt the kraken, 14 Feb 2004, p 17.
Toxic brew engulfs Namibia's fisheries, 07 Feb 2004, p 16.
Utopia under the sea, 02 Aug 2004,p 46.
A breath of tellurium, 28 Jun 2003, p 23.
Rime of the ancient submariner, 14 Jun 2003, p 51.
Proof of life, 22 Feb 2003, pp 28-31.
Icy waste, 12 Oct 2002, p 55.
Body gets a healing boost from its inner electric fields, 28 Sep 2002, p 15.
Rodents to rat on criminals, 15 Jun 2002, p 13.
Good clean competition, 27 Apr 2002, p 10.
Frankenstein's ice, 27 Apr 2002, p 21.
Water world, 30 Mar 2002, p 48.
...and taxes, 23 Feb 2002, pp 48-49.
Planespotters to be freed on bail,, 13 Dec 2001.
Some like it hot, 03 Nov 2001, p 23.
Why the Earth is blue, 13 Oct 2001, p 53.
Lost and found, 22 Sep 2001, p 17.
Mating by numbers, 08 Sep 2001, p 23.
The chop won't make him nice, 01 Sep 2001, p 25.
Love is in the air, 18 Aug 2001, p 15.
Spoiling for a fight, 28 Jul 2001, p 16.
Sea spirit, 28 Jul 2001, p 63.
Sticky sex, 30 Jun 2001, p 27.
Jaws is ready for your close-up, 23 Jun 2001, p 25.
Fair-weather friends, 16 Jun 2001, p 5.
Smell thy neighbour, 09 Jun 2001, p 23.
Raging bull, 30 May 2001, p 16.
Here's looking at you, 12 May 2001, p 17.
Instant attraction, 05 May 2001, p 23.
Fussy fish fake it, 17 Mar 2001, p 18.
Load of old bull, 17 Feb 2001, p 12.
Hit and run on the high seas, 27 Jan 2001, p 14.
Udder nonsense, 20 Jan 2001, p 19.
Deep sea giants,, 14 Dec 2000.
Sneak attack, 02 Dec 2000, 22.
Flying by smell, 29 Apr 2000, p 19.
Toxic mop, 29 Apr 2000, p 19.
Good Samaritans are really vampires, 20 Apr 2000, p 19.
Sniffing out the secrets of the fossil world, 22 Apr 2000, p 21.
Resourceful prawns, 15 Apr 2000, p 19.
In from the cold, 15 Apr 2000, pp 30-33.
Rival species indulge in sperm warfare, 25 Mar 2000, p 13.
Ooze cruise, 11 Mar 2000, pp 26-29.
Cut off in their prime, 19 Feb 2000, p 5.
Bear trails, 19 Feb 2000, p 20.
Under pressure, 11 Dec 1999, p 10.
The Cold War resurfaces, 20 Nov 1999, p 4.
Gifts and gore, 20 Nov 1999, p 56.
The worms that turned into mega-breeders, 06 Nov 1999, p 20.
Indestructible, 23 Oct 1999, pp 44-46.
Golden probe, 09 Oct 1999, p 19.
Brisk swimmers, 04 Sep 1999, p 22.
Smoke on the water, 21 Aug 1999, p 7.
Hello, boys, 17 Jul 1999, p 21.
Let the people speak, 22 May 1999, 26-31.
Cheep thrills, 08 May 1999, p 14.
Squeaky clean, 01 May 1999, p 11.
Namibian bugs crash through the size barrier, 24 Apr 1999, p 20.
Back to basics, 17 Apr 1999, 7.
Ulcers on tap, 03 Apr 1999, p 14.
Off their food, 03 Apr 1999, p 23.
Seeing the light, 20 Mar 1999, p 6.
Wet welcome, 20 Mar 1999, p 20.
Organs take sides, 27 Feb 1999, p 16.
Acne and ecstasy, 27 Feb 1999, p 25.
Artful dodgers, 20 Feb 1999, p 16.
Fleeting return of the native, 13 Feb 1999, p 6.
Deep life, 13 Feb 1999, p 19.
Milk me, please, 30 Jan 1999, p 9.
Why we do it, 23 Jan 1999, p 11.
A runt for life, 09 Jan 1999, p 14.
Hunger striker pulls back from the brink, 12 Dec 1998, p 5.
IVF is a pain in the back, 12 Dec 1998, p 11.
Going for a spin, 12 Dec 1998, pp 30-33.
Portrait of an artist, 05 Dec 1998, p 5.
Burning question, 28 Nov 1998, p 12.
Recipe for disaster, 14 Nov 1998, p 5.
Fertile waters, 14 Nov 1998, p 27.
Putting life on hold, 07 Nov 1998, p 7.
Enter a new dimension, 07 Nov 1998, p 10.
Lifting the lid, 31 Oct 1998, p 12.
Right on target, 31 Oct 1998, p 24.
The bugs that just refused to die, 31 Oct 1998, p 26.
Running on air, 24 Oct 1998, p 16.
Sea signals, 17 Oct 1998, p 7.
Battle of the bilge, 10 Oct 1998, p 10.
Nearly out of Africa, 10 Oct 1998, p 12.
It's no way to go, 10 Oct 1998, p 16.
Slave labour, 26 Sep 1998, p 11.
Hot spots left to cool, 19 Sep 1998, p 25.
Pinpoint precision, 12 Sep 1998, p 22.
Walk this way, 05 Sep 1998, p 10.
Fancy a spot of dinner? 22 Aug 1998, p 21.
Deadly diet, 08 Aug 1998, p 10.
Sniffing danger, 01 Aug 1998, p 6.
Mine hunter, 01 Aug 1998, p 11.
Tar babies, 25 Jul 1998, p 16.
Tainted catch, 18 Juy 1998, p 22.
Secret life of the shrimp, 01 Nov 1997, p 63

Dr Jonathan Copley
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

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