Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement, University of Southampton

I'm the first UK "bathynaut" to dive more than 5 km (3.1 miles) deep in the ocean, and member of the team that made the first dives in minisubmarines to 1 km (0.62 miles) deep in the Antarctic.

As a marine ecologist, my research investigates life in the ocean depths that cover most of our world, where we routinely discover new species of deep-sea animals. I have more than twenty years of experience in exploring the deep ocean, including leading expeditions aboard research ships.

I work part-time at the University of Southampton, doing the usual "academic" things: published 50 research papers, worked on projects totalling more than £4 million in competitive grant funding over the past ten years, delivered a 4* "Impact Case Study" for REF2014, received Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching and for Postgraduate Training.

Outside the University, I co-founded a company that has trained more than 12,000 scientists in how to share their work with wider audiences. I was a Reporter and Assistant News Editor at New Scientist, and have written more than 150 articles for magazines and newspapers such as New Scientist, Nature, and The Guardian.

I also work with documentary makers (e.g. BBC Blue Planet 2) to share the exploration of the deep ocean with people worldwide, and often interact with news media to raise awareness of deep-sea issues and my team's discoveries.

For more info, please see www.joncopley.com

Experience

  • 2006–present
    Co-founder & Director, SciConnect Ltd
  • 2013–present
    Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement, University of Southampton
  • 2007–2013
    Lecturer in Marine Ecology, University of Southampton
  • 2005–2007
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Marine Ecology, University of Southampton
  • 2000–2005
    Teaching Fellow in Marine Ecology, University of Southampton
  • 2000–2004
    Science Coordinator (part-time), NERC Autosub Under Ice programme
  • 1998–1999
    Reporter & Assistant News Editor, New Scientist magazine

Education

  • 1998 
    University of Southampton, PhD in Oceanography
  • 1994 
    University of Southampton, MSc in Oceanography
  • 1992 
    University of Sheffield, BSc(Hons) in Zoology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    The colonisation of hydrothermal vents by complex life: a natural experiment in macroevolution
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2011
    Deep-sea vents between the Azores and Iceland: missing piece in a global puzzle of marine life
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Geographic
  • 2011
    Biogeography and ecology of the first known deep-sea vent site on the ultraslow-spreading SW Indian Ridge
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2009
    Hydrothermal activity and deep-ocean biology of the Mid-Cayman Rise
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2008
    Chemosynthetic Ecosystems of the Southern Ocean
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum, London (since 2014)
  • National Geographic Explorer (recipient of Expeditions Fund Grant), 2011-2012
  • Co-Chair of InterRidge initiative for international cooperation in mid-ocean ridge research, 2010-2012

Research Areas

  • Zoology (0608)
  • Evolutionary Biology (0603)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Oceanography (0405)