Dean is passionate about science communication and engages with the public through various events. He is an experienced public speaker and presenter, and frequently appears on TV and radio talking about palaeontology and natural history.
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 as the go-to expert (including BBC Radio 4 [e.g. Today Programme, Start the Week, and Saturday Live], Talk RADIO, 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 a leading palaeontologist and explorer for CNN International's CNN Inspirations - Wild Discoveries where he discussed his latest research and other new findings in palaeontology. He is an engaging and skilled communicator and has written and developed ideas for various production companies since 2012, providing information and background research for palaeontological programmes. You can watch Dean's showreel below.
In 2015, Dean was the on-screen 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 (Maverick TV) in the development of the idea, using research from his book Dinosaurs of the British Isles. Dean also worked closely with the producers in developing the story. This also included collaboration with Jellyfish Pictures for the CGI reconstructions.