Dean frequently talks about palaeontology on television and radio and engages with the public through various events. He is passionate about science communication.
Since 2008, the media have followed Dean’s adventures. Regarding his research, field expeditions, and museum work, he has appeared in countless newspapers and blogs/podcasts (such as The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, etc), on several radio stations (including BBC Radio 4 [e.g. 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 Explorers where he discussed ongoing research and new findings in palaeontology. Most TV bits have been in the UK, but some have been international and have included filming in the USA.
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 enthusiasm, youth and genuine love for his subject (seen often to be a ‘dry’ and ‘closed’ science) Dean hopes to continue to inspire a wide-ranging audience and ignite their interest in palaeontology.
In 2015, Dean was the expert palaeontologist (expert 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. In addition, Dean collaborated with Jellyfish Pictures for the CGI reconstructions.