Frank Pope writes true stories about the sea and the challenges that it poses mankind. As Ocean Correspondent for The Times newspaper in London he covers subjects as diverse as piracy, the melting arctic, shipwrecks, overfishing, science, technology, exploration and energy. While covering the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Pope was the first journalist to dive beneath the slick to highlight the hidden, subsea impacts of the blowout.
After a degree in Zoology from Edinburgh University and a short stint in coral research, Pope was invited to join the excavation of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Agamemnon, which sank off Uruguay in 1805. For the next six years he worked with Oxford University's maritime archaeology unit as a diver, draughtsman and underwater mapmaker on shipwrecks around the world. In 1998 he helped project-manage the deepest archaeological excavation yet attempted. The story of that ill-fated mission, 'Dragon Sea', has been critically acclaimed as a classic of the genre.
'72 hours' grew from long conversations with the Royal Navy submarine commander who led the 2005 rescue mission to the Russian Far East. Despite extensive press coverage at the time, no-one had probed the inside story and grim details of how the disaster unfolded.
Aside from writing for The Times, Frank Pope blogs about the ocean at www.wordpress.frankpope, and tweets from @papafranco.