Currently: Associate Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Southampton
Highest qualification: Doctorate (PhD, DPhil)
First (and so far only) British person to dive more than 5 km (3.1 miles) deep in the ocean. Also participant in the first dives by human-occupied vehicles to 1 km (0.6 miles) deep in the Antarctic.
As a marine biologist, my research investigates life in the ocean depths that cover most of our planet, far beyond the reach of SCUBA diving. I'm also an award-winning communicator, writer, and educator.
Over the past 20 years, I've taken part in expeditions investigating undersea volcanic vents in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans; seabed mountains, craters, and 'whale-falls' in the Antarctic; hotspots of deep-sea life in the Gulf of Mexico; and the ocean floor earthquake zone that triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
These voyages have discovered dozens of new species of creatures, from hairy-chested crabs to bone-eating 'zombie' worms, and also revealed previously hidden impacts of our everyday lives in the deep ocean.
Science is always an adventure, and sometimes that adventure can be physical, literally immersing you in the unknown. I enjoy talking to people about the reality of our deep-ocean planet, now being revealed by recent exploration, and sharing some of the astounding places where science can take you.
SOME FEEDBACK FROM TALK AUDIENCES:
"Wonderful. How very much we enjoyed your presentation this afternoon. Like everyone else I was gripped by the history, the discovery and the mystery. And there is so much more to discover!" - Winchester U3A, Apr 2011
"The talks have worked for all cohorts and left them with a sense of awe and wonder; we could not rate this experience more highly!" - teacher feedback, Thomas Hardye School, 2013
"Excellent talk by Jon Copley at Bristol Wallace conference. Hot vents on ocean floor as islands. Wallace would've loved it." - Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins), 24 Aug 2013
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE:
* Scientific Consultant for BBC Natural History Unit "Blue Planet 2" series, in production for 2017 broadcast
* Contributor to TV documentaries for BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel
* Author of >150 popular science articles in magazines & newspapers, e.g.:
'Just how little do we know about the ocean floor?' (ScientificAmerican.com)
* Former Reporter & Assistant News Editor of New Scientist magazine
* Biosciences Federation Science Communication Award 2008
* British Science Association Charles Lyell Lecture Award 2007
EXAMPLES OF PUBLIC / GUEST TALK AUDIENCES:
(full list available here)
Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Jul 2016
The Ocean Debates, Royal Institution, Oct 2015
British Science Festival, Sep 2015
Nature Live, Natural History Museum, Feb 2013 (live from sea via satellite)
Winchester Science Festival, Jul 2012
London Diving Chamber Dive Lectures, Royal Geographical Society, Mar 2011
EXAMPLES OF TALKS TO SCHOOL GROUPS:
(full list available here)
Bryanston Science Society, Nov 2014
Thomas Hardye School, Feb 2013 (live from sea via satellite)
London International Youth Science Forum, Aug 2012
The Prince's Teaching Institute, Mar 2012 & Mar 2011 (training events for teachers)
Society for Underwater Technology Christmas Lectures, National Maritime Museum, Dec 2005
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