My various appearances across a range of media outlets.
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.
MMF Virtual Fauna Friday with guest Oliver Jewell
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
Live Television Interview on CBS News
On the day of the release of the white shark kelp paper, I got to speak to Vlad and Anne-Marie about it live on CBS. You can watch the interview here.
CBSN - Valdimir Duthiers, Anne-Marie Green, Oliver Jewell and CBS News Network
Live Appearance on The Latest
At almost the same time as I was on CBS, I was also live with the Latest on Channel Seven discussing the kelp paper and shark culling in Queensland.
Channel Seven, Australia - Michael Usher, Oliver Jewell and The Latest, Channel Seven
Sharks Gone Wild - Shark Week 2019
This was effectively the 'Shark News' of Shark Week. They were also very interested in the kelp sharks research.
Discovery Channel - Shark Week 2019, Oliver Jewell, Jewell et al. (2019) Biology Letters
The Naked Scientists Podcast
An interview with the Naked Scientists on their podcast and radio show on camera tagging white sharks (the sharks come in around 20 mins in)
The Naked Scientists - Chris Smith, Katie Haylor, Oliver Jewell
Watch a Great White Shark Hunt Through a Kelp Forest for Its Next Meal - New York Times
News article from JoAnna Klien in the New York Times
The New York Times - JoAnna Klien, Oliver Jewell, Murdoch University, Biology Letters
Great White Sharks with Oliver Jewell - Paramount Importance Podcast
Kurt's vision for his podcast is to explore the unknowns of the world around us and to do this, he talks to local researchers about their latest discoveries. In this episode, we were talking everything white shark.
Paramout Importance - Kurt Krispyn, Oliver Jewell, Murdoch University
The Secret Life of White Sharks in Kelp - Forbes
Melissa is a friend of mine but she's also a fellow PhD Candidate, a regular on Shark Week and writes for Forbes. So once I knew our kelp paper would be coming out, she was the first person I let know about it.
Forbes - Melissa Marquez, Taylor Chapple, Biology Letters, Oliver Jewell
BBC News and BBC Newsbeat
Both BBC News and BBC Newsbeat covered the kelp sharks research. Knowing that everyone back home in the UK would be seeing our research on the news was an extra special feeling for me.
BBC News - BBC News, Biology Letters, Murdoch University, Oliver Jewell
Industrialised fishing overlaps threatened shark hotspots
In 2012 we took part in one of the largest scale tagging of white sharks in history. This data became part of the largest global shark tracking study ever and the results were published in Nature.
Murdoch University - Jo Manning, Murdoch University, Quiros et al. 2019 Nature, Oliver Jewell
Total Media Coverage of Cryptic Habitat Use of White Sharks
There are many other news stories that covered our research in Biology Letters, a summary of them can be found here.
Altmetric - Altmetric, The Royal Society, Biology Letters, Jewell et al. 2019 Biology Letters
Project White Shark
After 3 years away from South Africa, our biologging team finally returned to tag some more sharks in Gansbaai.
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Salvador Jorgensen, Presley Adamsen, Taylor Chapple, The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, 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
Tagging Sharks at the Southern Tip of Africa - Digital Presentation - MARES 2016
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
Great White Ambush, Die Trying, National Geographic
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
Master Chef South Africa
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 - Sharks in Trouble
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
Gauging the Threat
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
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
South Africa - Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
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
Shark Wranglers - History Channel epp. 6-10
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
Air Jaws Apocalypse - Shark Week 2012 - Discovery Channel
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.
Extreme Animal Attacks - National Geographic
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 - National Geographic
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
Great White Invasion - Shark Week 2011
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
Predator X - The History Channel
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