Media Coverage


I have had the good fortune of having a great deal of my research featured in various media forms. Here, I try to maintain a rough list of my media appearances, but it is definitely not exhaustive.

If you would like to get in touch with me about a media appearance or consultation, you can reach me via my contact page.

Internet News Outlets

Miscellaneous news:

Rhombophryne vaventy description

Rhombophryne serratopalpebrosa species group revision

Rhombophryne ornata and R. tany description

Rhombophryne nilevina description

Calumma nasutum revision

Uroplatus finaritra

Uroplatus fetsy

Mini frogs

3 new chameleon species discovered

UV fluorescence in chameleons

Geckolepis megalepis

26 new Stumpffia species

Taxonomic data coverage

Platypelis ranjomena

Mantidactylus radaka

Rhombophryne ellae

Print Coverage:

Note: Many printed articles are certainly missing, either because I am not aware of them, or because I was not able to get hold of a copy.

Newspapers

  • 2015-07-22: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Sprunghafte Evolution im Krötenparadies (p. N1)
  • 2017-02-09: nrc.next: Geckolepis coverage (p. 28; article title unknown)
  • 2019-04-09: 20 Minuten: Winzige Frösche entdeckt (p. 20)

Magazines

  • 2017: elaphe: Liste der im Jahr 2016 neu beschriebenen Amphibien (2017/2, p. 66)
  • 2017-08: GEOlino extra: Nacktes Überleben (Nr. 65, page unknown)
  • 2018-01: LMU Einsichten – Das Forschungsmagazin (p. 6–7)
  • 2018-01: VBIO – Biologie in unserer Zeit (p. 6)
  • 2018-04-26: Nature: Rare resplendent rainbow reptiles (p. 410 Research Highlights)
  • 2018: Spektrum der Wissenschaft (issue 6:6–7)
  • 2018: How it works: Chameleon bones glow in UV light (issue 110:6–7)
  • 2018: Science&Vie (issue 1206:32–33)
  • 2018: Scholastic – ScienceWorld (74(11):5)
  • 2018: GfBS news (34:30–31 and cover)
  • 2018: elaphe: 26 auf einen Streich: rekordverdächtige Zahl neuer Minifrösche aus Madagaskar (2018/1, p. 54–55)
  • 2018: elaphe: Leuchtende Echsen – knochenbasierte Fluoreszenz bei Chamäleons (2018/2, p. 8–9); Liste der im Jahr 2017 neu beschriebenen Amphibien (2018/2, p. 46, 58, 61)
  • 2018-05/06: elaphe: Liste der im Jahr 2017 neu beschriebenen Reptilien (Terraria 71, p. 56, 62, 66)
  • 2019: Scholastic – DynaMath (37(5):1)
  • 2019: Reptilmag (76, page unknown)
  • 2019: Aquaristik Fachmagazin: Neue Arten von Mini-Fröschen aus Madagaskar beschrieben (2019/06-07; 51(3):36)
  • 2019-11: P.M.-Magazin (p. 84–91)
  • 2019-11: no comment: Uroplatus fetsy (p. 36–37)
  • 2019: elaphe: Uroplatus giganteus ist eine gültige Art (2019/1, p. 52)
  • 2019: elaphe: Liste der im Jahr 2018 neu beschriebenen Amphibien (2019/2, p. 66–68)
  • 2019: elaphe: Mini-Frösche (2019/3, p. 13); Liste der im Jahr 2018 neu beschriebenen Reptilien (2019/3, p. 59, 63)
  • 2019: elaphe: Brookesia antakarana oder B. ambreensis (2019/4, p. 57)
  • 2019: elaphe: Zwergfröshe mit riesiger Höhenverbreitung (2019/6, p. 46)
  • 2020-03: GEOlino (p. 52–57)
  • 2020: Frau im Spiegel (11:82)
  • 2020: elaphe: Neue erkenntnisse zu Stammesgeschichte und Systematik von Chamäleons der Gattung Calumma (2020/2, p. 8–11); Genetische Variabilität bei zwei madagassischen Geckos (2020/2, p. 53); Liste der im Jahr 2019 neu beschriebenen Amphibien (2020/2, p. 64–65, 67–68)
  • 2020-04: elaphe: Liste der im Jahr 2019 neu beschriebenen Reptilien (2020/3, p. 44, 53, 59, 60)
  • 2020-04/05: Aquaristik Fachmagazin: Vier neue Chamäleonarten aus Madagaskar – Revision der Nasenchamäleons (issue 272, 52(2):32)

Books

Johnson, Rebecca L. (2019) Nature’s Ninja: Animals with Spectacular Skills. Millbrook Press, Minneapolis MN, USA. 48 pp.

Radio Coverage

This list does not include coverage where I appeared myself; for those, see Radio Appearances, below.

Television Coverage

YouTube Coverage

Guest Blog Appearances

2018-06-10: Oxford University Press Blog: Three new chameleon species from Madagascar

2019-03-28: The Conversation: Meet the mini frogs of Madagascar – the new species we’ve discovered (also translated into Indonesian)

2019-09-17: The Conversation: Why the global Red List mislabels the risk to many species

2020-04-21: The Conversation: Curious Kids: can chameleons change colour when they sleep?

Radio Appearances

2017-02-13: Deutsche Welle: Strip-teasing gecko from Madagascar (part of Spectrum @22:00)

2019-08-16: Deutschlandfunk: Literatur trifft Wissenschaft, Walverwandt und nachtaquatisch: Neu entdeckte Tierarten in Lyrik und Wissenschaft, Von Astrid Mayerle

2020-06-16 08h05: Deuschlandfunk Nova: Hielscher oder Haase

2020-07-05: Deutschlandfunk Nova: Evolutionsbiologe Mark Scherz”Mir war sofort klar, dass das was komplett Neues aus dem Gebiet war”

Podcasts Appearances

Note that appearances on my own podcast, the SquaMates Podcast, are not included here.

Chameleon Academy Podcast (formerly Chameleon Breeder Podcast)

2017-02-02: Ep. 57: Chameleon Taxonomy with Mark Scherz

2017-03-09: Ep. 62: Madagascar Environments with Mark Scherz

2017-04-28: Ep. 69: Field Science with Mark Scherz

2019-04-11: Ep. 101: Expedition to Madagascar, Pt 1, with Mark Scherz

2019-04-18: Ep. 102: Expedition Madagascar, Pt 2, with Mark Scherz

2020-03-26: Ep. 138: Species Talk With Dr. Mark Scherz

2020-04-02: Ep. 139: Three new Calumma species with Dr. Mark Scherz

2020-05-15: Ep. 145: The Panther Chameleon Species with Dr. Mark Scherz

SciComm Podcast

2018-05-27: SciComm Episode 39 – Interview with Mark Scherz

Documentaries

Appearances

2020-11-10: Madagascar|Life on the Edge — Falcon Productions (main appearance starting at 22:55)

Consulted

2016-01-19: Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan S03E03 — Madagascar: Aye-Aye Lemur

Museum Exhibits

Bruce Museum, Greenwich CT, USA: Under the Skin (2020-02-01 – 2020-07-19) — Bone

Photos appearing in print

This is currently a very incomplete list

Augros, S. (2018) Atlas des amphibiens et des reptiles terrestres de l’archipel des Comores. Biotope Éditions, Mèze, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France. 224 p. (photos on pages 116, 130, 144)

Austin, D. & Bradt, H. (2017) Bradt guide to Madagascar. 12th edition. Bradt Travel Guides Ltd., Bucks, England. 454 p. (one photo on plates between pages 182 and 183)

Austin, D. & Bradt, H. (2014) Bradt guide to Madagascar. 11th edition. Bradt Travel Guides Ltd., Bucks, England. 454 p. (two photo on plates between pages 182 and 183; two photos on plates between pages 342 and 343; one photo on back cover)

Austin, D. & Bradt, H. (2012) Bradt Madagascar: Highlights. 1st edition. Bradt Travel Guides Ltd., Bucks, England. 454 p. (photos on pages 16, 19, 42, and 168)