As a scientist I am convinced that it is really important to reach out to the public and to communicate our science. Below are some links to my participation in public outreach and the media.


  • Hybridation, le futur de l'océan ?. A public outreach event for the general public at the Muséum in Paris where we discuss the future of our oceans and its life. After showing a short animation film by Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau et Romain Thirion we discuss how life may respond to the ongoing anthropogenic changes of the environment. Can organisms adapt? How fast? and if not what will happen?

  • Examining the body of one of the world's most elusive porpoise species. A short report by the Natural History Museum in London on a collaborative project between Anne-Claire Fabre, Roberto Portela Miguez, Richard Sabin and myself to investigate the anatomy of a rare species of spectacled porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica) from the Falkland Islands.

  • Le secret de la larve sauteuse enfin percé. Science et vie contacted me to comment on a paper published on the remarkable jumping capacities of a gall midge larvae. Click here to read the original publication.

  • Animalitis. Flemish documentary where Dieter Coppens follows vetirinarians and biologists. Dieter came to French Guyana to film the research on frog ecomorphology I did there in collaboration with Anne-Claire Fabre, Aurélien Lowie, Elodie Courtois and Philippe Gaucher. See also write ups in the Flemish media: Humo, Het laatste nieuws

  • 3 dessins de Léonard de Vinci, anatomiste de génie. Interview by Hélène Combis from France Culture about the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.

  • Gimme six! Researchers discover aye-aye's extra finger. Science daily write up on the research we did in collaboration with Adam Hartstone-Rose, Edwin Dickinson and Marissa Boettcher and where we describe the pseudothumb of the Aye Aye for the first time. Click here for a link to the original publication. The news was picked up in several other media outlets: TecNoticias.

  • Ces lézards qui défient les ouragans et la sélection naturelle. Write up on a collaborative study investigating the impact of hurricanes on natural populations of lizards. This was also picked up by many other media outlets: 24 matins, Science et avenir, Le monde, Science Daily, Science Alert, Zeste de Science a great science outreach video by the French CNRS, Gizmodo another great write-up and video.

  • CNRS Communiqué de presse. Write up by the CNRS of a collaborative study I did with Paul-Antoine Libourel and a bunch of other colleagues on lizard sleep. We were interested in whether lizards show two sleep states or not. Click here for the original publication. This research was picked up by the media: Science Daily

  • Le Moloch, épineuse éponge. I was asked by a journalist of Le monde to comment on a paper that describes the way an unusual lizard takes up water. Click here for the original publication.

  • Island Lizards Shift to Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Goats and Rats Are Eradicated. Write up by science writer Geoffrey Giller on the work I did with Colin Donihue looking at the effects of the eradication of rats and goats from the tiny island of Redonda.

  • Question de la semaine : comment les serpents peuvent-ils se déplacer si facilement sans patte ?. I was asked by Sciences et Avenir to answer a questions the readers of the magazine had: how do snakes move without limbs?.

  • On n'est pas que des cobayes. Se déplacer comme un serpent !. I participated in a kids science program on how snakes move.

  • Chameleons of the world. I participated in a nature documentary on chameleons. They came and filmed in the lab to see how chameleons work. Using X-ray video we explore the function of the tongue and locomotion in chameleons.

  • Secrets of Bones. I provided X-ray footage of an egg-eating snake crushing an egg.

  • Papouasie, un dernier éden. Le monde terrestre. I participated in a documentary on the wildlife of Papua New Guinea. They came and filmed in the lab to explore the function of the tail in kangaroos that were filme in Papua New Guinea.

  • Les ondulations uniques des serpents volants. I was asked by a scientist of Le Monde to comment on a paper published in the Journal Experimental Biology on the kinematics of gliding snakes.

  • The origin of snakes: New evolutionary scenario. Write up by Science Daily on a project I was involved in looking at the cranial anatomy of snakes and how this may help answer the long-standing question on the origin of snakes.

  • Snake Kills Bigger Snakes With World's Most Powerful Squeeze. National Geographic asked me to comment on a paper describing how snakes can constrict, kill and eat other snakes.

  • Tree frogs evolving to monkey around. Write up on our study investigating how tree frogs manage to walk on thin branches and how they adapt their posture and kinematics to do so.

  • New York Times Scientist at work. Blog from the New York Times where collaborator Jonathan Losos was asked to blog about our field research in South America. See also An embarrasment of anoles", Quest for a little known suburban lizard, A beach vacation lizard style, and Lizard olympics.

  • Mighty Mouse Lemurs Have Super Arm Strength. write-up about the work I did with Pauline Zablocki-Thomas on mous lemur grip strength.