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

"Bathynaut" who went on the first minisub dive to the world's deepest hydrothermal vents (hot springs 5 km / 3.1 miles down on the ocean floor), & took part in the first minisub dives to 1 km (0.62 miles) deep in the Antarctic.

As a marine biologist, my research explores life in the deep ocean that covers most of our world, where I have led expeditions discovering new species. By studying marine life in "island-like" on the ocean floor, 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 deep ocean.

I have contributed to consultations by policymakers to guide the protection of deep-sea habitats, and produced a 4* "Impact Case Study" in the UK's REF2014 assessment. I was also Co-Chair of InterRidge, the international organisation coordinating research at mid-ocean ridges, from 2010-2012.

I'm also an award-winning communicator (e.g. contributor to BBC Blue Planet II), writer (e.g. author of Ask An Ocean Explorer, published Feb 2019; former Reporter and Assistant News Editor of New Scientist magazine), and co-founder of a company (SciConnect Ltd) that provides training for scientists to share their work with wider audiences, with clients that include universities and institutions across the UK and organisations in Europe.

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
    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
  • 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
  • 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

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