The work of our research group has attracted considerable media attention over the years, and many of our projects involve an aspect of media outreach. The following is a list of such activities in the recent years. Also, see Prof Alex Rogers’ twitter.  

Tom Hart and the Penguin Lifelines project have a blog at

and a science engagement opportunity at

The Mesophotic Research Team regularly posts to their Facebook page “Thinking Deep”.



BBC 6 o’clock news video coverage of the DeepLinks NERC expedition to the NE Atlantic: And the Daily Mail:

Deeplinks website:


Blogs and Twitter of Michelle Taylor and Oliver Ashford expedition to study Southern Ocean deep-sea coral with British Antarctic Survey. and

February 12

X-Ray Magazine (Jack Laverick)

Thinking Deep in the Twilight zone- using rebreathers for coral research

Topic: The Ocean Research and Conservation lab at Oxford University successfully conducted their first mesophotic expedition, studying lionfish and corals. This expedition was the first using closed circuit rebreather technical diving lead by PhD students.

January 28

BBC Radio 4

Inside Science

Topic: Tom Hart and Hila Williams talk about Penguin Lifelines and their work collecting guano and setting up remote cameras to monitor penguin colonies in Antarctica. Gemma Clucas talks about the citizen science project Penguin Watch and her work using genetics to learn more about penguin populations.

January 25

BBC News website

Capturing a year in the life of a penguin colony

January 24

BBC News website

Scientists set up penguin CCTV

January 23

BBC News website

Capturing the world’s longest sunset


October 6-12

NERC RSS Discovery

NERC’s 50th Anniversary event

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Topic: The Ocean Research and Conservation group were invited aboard RSS Discovery to showcase their research to politicians, members of industry and the public to celebrate 50 years of the Natural Environment Research Council.

August 16

Natural History Museum, London

Deep Dark Sponge reefs with Oliver Ashford

Topic: Oliver Ashford was interviewed as part of a public talk in the Natural History Museum London

June 25

BBC News website (Johnathan Amos)

‘Hoff crab’ gets formal scientific name

June 24

University of Oxford

Researching the Reef: fish and coral of the Caribbean

Topic: Dominic Andradi-Brown and Vanessa Lovenburg discuss their field research in Honduras.

May 16

Rebreathers for research

Topic: News of Dominic Andradi-Brown and Jack Laverick becoming qualified rebreather divers is picked up by Diver magazine.

May 14

BBC South Today

Oxford PhD students to visit the little known Twilight zone


Topic: Dominic Andradi-Brown and Jack Laverick are interviewed as they pack and prepare for 4 months of technical scuba diving for their research. They will reach depths of 100m to ask questions about whether deeper coral reefs can support the shallows and are the first PhD students to lead such a venture.

May 13

BBC Oxford News (Radio: Howard Bentham)

Topic: Dominic Andradi-Brown and Jack Laverick are interviewed on live radio about what it takes to dive to 100m, how they arranged the expedition and just what will they find in the mesophotic?


October 29

LA Times Op-Ed (Brian Klaas and Gemma Clucas)

Penguins offer U.S. a lesson in addressing climate change

May 2

University of Oxford

Penguin Lifelines: Antarctic penguin spy cameras

Topic: Penguinologist Dr Tom Hart discusses the Penguin Lifelines project, using remote cameras and hitching rides on yachts and tour ships to reach more wildlife at the Poles than ever before.


April 8

Seamonster Blog

Dr Catherine Head discusses the wonders of the Chagos Archipelago.

March 19

TED Studies Marine Biology – The Deep Ocean

An online course compiled by Prof Alex Rogers, inspired and linked to several TEDTalks. With introductory essay by Prof Rogers. Available from Wiley or iTunesU.

January 9

University of Oxford Annual Review 2011/12 Research: Antarctic Vents

Work on Antarctic hydrothermal vents was chosen by Oxford Annual Review as one of the representative Oxford researches of the academic year 2011/12. A video interview of Prof Alex Rogers is available on youtube and PDF available here.


January 9

The New York Times (Sindya N. Bhanoo) A Deep-Sea Ecosystem Unlike Any Other

Topic: Deep in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica, scientists have discovered 23 new animal species living in the hot, dark environment around hydrothermal vents.

This deep-sea ecosystem was dominated by a species of yeti crab, but also included stalked barnacles, limpets, snails, sea anemones and possibly an octopus, the scientists report in the journal PLoS Biology.


November – December

BBC Nature (Aurelie Spadone, IUCN) Seamounts and coral: a conservation diary from the deep

Diary posted during the cruise by Aurelie Spadone from IUCN.

November – December

2011 SWIR Seamount Cruise Blog Seamounts expedition: Exploring underwater mountains on board the RRS James Cook

Blog written during the cruise by participants.

November 7

BBC News: Science & Environment (Jennifer Carpenter) Second mission to scale deep mountains announced

Topic: Scientists are set to begin a six-week mission to explore the Indian Ocean’s underwater mountains. Aboard the UK research vessel the RRS James Cook, the team will study animals thousands of metres below the surface.

June 20

BBC News: Science & Environment (Richard Black) World’s oceans in ‘shocking’ decline

Topic: The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists. In a new report, they warn that ocean life is “at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history”. They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised. The panel was convened by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO)

March 2

BBC Earth (Matt Walker) Seamounts: Undersea mountains ‘litter’ ocean floor

Topic: The seafloor is littered with underwater mountains, a new global survey has revealed.


November 16

National Geographic Daily News (Ker Than) Large, “Glamorous” New Glowing Squid Species Found

Topic: A large new species of deep red, glowing squid has been discovered living near undersea mountains in the southern Indian Ocean, scientists announced Monday.

April 14

BBC Radio 4: Costing the Earth Deep-Sea Treasure

Topic: Our explorations of the deep oceans have so far given us only tantalising glimpses of weird and wonderful species. A team from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is currently sailing through the Caribbean and the Southern Ocean on a mission to provide us with much more than a few fuzzy photos of a giant worm or an upside down prawn.



BBC Earth (Various Authors) Seamount Diary

Topic: A new project led by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) plans to unveil the mysteries of seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean, and help improve conservation and management of marine resources in the area.


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