Science


Two new frogs, three new geckos

While I have been focussing most of my efforts over the last months on the most important publications for my PhD thesis, I’ve still been involved in a number of other papers. This week, two of these have been published: two new species of Guibemantis frogs from northern Madagascar published in […]


Photos from the field: Montagne d’Ambre, 2017–2018

From November 2017 to January 2018, I was in Madagascar conducting research on the herpetofauna of Montagne d’Ambre, an isolated rainforest mountain in the north of the island. I have posted about the research we were conducting separately before it began, during the fieldwork, and at the end, but largely with the […]


The PhD–Postdoc Panic 1

So you’ve done the hard parts: you’ve landed yourself a PhD position doing the research that you’ve always been fascinated by and working with the leaders in the field you’ve wanted to be in since you were a little tot. You’ve managed to get a few publications out of it, […]


Bone-based fluorescence in chameleons!

This week, we published something a little different than our typical taxonomic output. Roughly three years ago, my friend, fellow PhD student David Prötzel, discovered a fascinating phenomenon in chameleons: shining a UV torch on them made patterns of fluorescence appear on their heads and in some species across their […]


A swathe of Stumpffia: 26 new frog species 1

Published today in the open access journal Vertebrate Zoology, Andolalao Rakotoarison and a team of 17 other authors, including yours truly, have described 26 new species of Stumpffia, a genus of small narrow-mouthed frogs endemic to Madagascar! You can access the PDF of this paper here at high resolution (72 MB), […]


Rediscovery of Madecassophryne!

Appearing today (30th October 2017) in the Open Access journal Salamandra, my colleagues Andolalao Rakotoarison, Miguel Vences, Frank Glaw, and I have a paper published detailing the rediscovery of the enigmatic genus Madecassophryne in the Anosy Mountain chain in southeastern Madagascar; you can get the paper here! In December 2016, we […]