Selected Media Credits
Here are a selection of my media credits from recent years. I'm an experienced public speaker and presenter but have also applied myself as a technical fixer, skipper, wildlife expert and narrator for various television and media productions over the years. These productions have included the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel among others. Please get in contact if you are interested in my services. Also please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions and a focus on finishing up my PhD, I am limited in my media availability for the rest of 2020.
Well 2020 is a crazy year, no conferences, no out-of-state travel and no white shark fieldwork. But we did get Zoom and webinars. This was my first, an invited talk with the Marine Megafauna Foundation.
Marine Megafauna Foundation - Genaye Domenico, Oliver Jewell
Advances in biotelemetry techniques to study large fish, sharks and rays - Key Note Address - WSD 2016
In 2017 I was invited to give my first Key Note address in Wageningen, Netherlands.
Wageningen University - Wageningen University Research, Waginingen Institute of Animal Science (WIAS), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Oliver Jewell
While I was presenting in the Netherlands, I was also attending the MARES conference in Portugal. I had to be flown to the Netherlands for the talk and returned to Portugal the next day. Fortunately, my presentation was in digital form and played on an Ipad throughout my absence. You can watch it by clicking the link above.
MARES Conference 2016, Olhão, Portugal - David Edwards, Oliver Jewell, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, MARES
The beginning of our work on biologging with South African white sharks. Taylor and Adrian joined me in Gansbaai with National Geographic to put cameras on white sharks in the area for the first time.
National Geographic Channel - Taylor Chapple, Adrian Gleiss, Andy Brandy Casagrande, Nicole Gormley, David Wright, Oliver Jewell
Being a part of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust led to many exciting outreach projects, one of the most fun was filming with MasterChef South Africa. You can watch the episode (26 or 27) on Amazon Prime or read about our appearance on the show here.
MasterChef South Africa - Brenda du Toit, Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Mnet
Carte Blanche is one of the top investigative television shows in South Africa. In 2013, following our recent paper and press conference on the population numbers of white sharks in Gansbaai, they filmed a special with all our research team and ecotourism operators.
Carte Blanche, MNet - Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Alison Towner, Michelle Wcisel, David Edwards, Wilfred Chivell, Oliver Jewell
You can read more about the paper, press conference and documentary on our dedicated page.
Dyer Island Conservation Trust - David Edwards, Wilfred Chivell, Alison Towner, Michelle Wcisel, Ryan Reisinger, Oliver Jewell
Roughing it out is an adventure challenge kids show on SABC2 made by our good friends and long-term collaborators at Insync Productions. In this episode they visit Gansbaai to help us with our shark research.
SABC2 - Insyncproductions, Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust
Grootbos is a long-term business partner of Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. When they filmed a new promotion video in 2013 it was the first chance I had to work with a team collecting footage from drones. We got some incredible footage, in particular catching the Cape cormorants heading out to forage.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve - Grootbos Nature Reserve, Lloyd Koppel, Graffiti Tour Operator, Oliver Jewell, Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Cruises, Dyer Island Conservation Trust
We were involved in the second leg of the Ocearch's South African white shark tagging expedition. As one of the site permit holders for Gansbaai (along with Alison Towner) I was involved in selecting which locations were used, which sharks were tagged and coordinated sample collections on the deck while sharks were landed.
History Channel - Chris Fisher, Ocearch, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Ryan Johnson, Alison Towner, Oliver Jewell and others
Following up on the success of our filming for Great White Invasion the year before, Jeff and Chris returned to film in Gansbaai with Ali. I served as skipper for this part of the show.
Shark Week 2012 - Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Alison Towner, Oliver Jewell and others.
It's never good to hear about an animal attack but being able to provide expertise on the ecology and behaviour of the animals involved can help us understand why they may have happened. That was my role in this show.
Nat Geo Wild - National Geographic, Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust, Oliver Jewell
Killer Shots was my debut on National Geographic and my first time working with Andy Brandy Casagrande. I served as skipper and local expert for the show, in which we tried to get close ups of sharks hunting at Dyer Island.
National Geographic Channel - Andy Brandy Casagrande, Oliver Jewell and others
Alison Towner has been researching white sharks in inshore areas of Gansbaai since 2007. In 2010 Chris Fallows and Jeff Kurr joined our team as we tagged and tracked them. I served as skipper and shark tagger on this expedition. And handled Chris's camera while he was paddle-boarding, getting the famous shot of him with a large white shark checking him out.
Discovery Channel - Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Alison Towner, Oliver Jewell and others
The Birkenhead and Overberg - Travel Channel
The Travel Channel covered the trail of the HMS Birkenhead that sunk of Danger Point in 1845 and joined us for at Marine Dynamics for a white shark cage dive.
The Travel Channel - Marine Dynamics
My TV debut! I was one of Ryan Johnson's interns at SAMPLA, Mossel Bay and handled the bait for his shark tagging scenes. I was mostly pensively staring out to sea in my scenes but I learnt a lot about production documentaries.
The History Channel - Ryan Johnson, Patrick Drukenmiller, Oceans Research and Others