Dean frequently talks about palaeontology and natural history on television and radio and engages with the public through various events. He is passionate about science communication.
Since 2008, Dean has been actively involved with the media. Regarding his research, field expeditions, and museum projects, his works have appeared in countless newspapers and blogs/podcasts (such as National Geographic, The New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, etc), on several radio stations (including BBC Radio 4 [e.g. Today Programme, Start the Week, and Saturday Live], BBC Radio 5Live, etc) and TV programmes (including ITV’s Dinosaur Britain, Sunday Brunch Live, The One Show, Countryfile, CBBC Newsround, BBC Breakfast, etc). Dean was also selected as the palaeontologist for CNN International's CNN Inspirations - Wild Discoveries where he discussed his latest research and other new findings in palaeontology. You can watch Dean's showreel below.
Dean is an engaging, passionate and skilled communicator. He has written and developed ideas for various production companies since 2012, providing information and background research for palaeontological programmes. With his vast knowledge, youth and genuine passion for his subject (seen often to be a ‘dry’ and ‘closed’ science) Dean continues to ignite interest in palaeontology and the natural world.
In 2015, Dean was the expert palaeontologist (expert co-presenter) and series advisor for ITV’s primetime series ‘Dinosaur Britain’, appearing alongside presenter Ellie Harrison. Prior to commission, he worked with Executive Producer Dan Goldsack (Maverick TV) in the development of the idea, using research from his book Dinosaurs of the British Isles. Dean also worked closely with Producer/Director Gareth Johnson in developing the story. This also included collaboration with Jellyfish Pictures for the CGI reconstructions.